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Einstein made the very important observation that " Imagination is more important than knowledge ".

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Cut! Costumes and the Cinema

The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana opened a costume exhibit in December (!) that I have been trying to find time to visit for the last two months.
Well, the day finally arrived and I spent a glorious day at the Cut! Costumes and the Cinema before it ends on March 10th.

Front robe is from 2004 film Finding Neverland worn by Kate Winslet

The exhibit consists of 43 costumes, worn by 30 actors in 25 different films. The common thread is that all the costumes were created by Cosprop in London.
Cosprop specializes  in "the creation and provision of period clothes for film, television and theater".
There is a fabulous explanation of how authenticity is created by the correct textiles, trims, and hand sewing that would have been used during the historic period that is the setting of the story.

The exhibit isn't ALL gowns...AAARRRGG, can you say Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Carribean!

Never even heard of this 2006 film The Prestige that Scarlett Johansson got to wear this GORGEOUS jacket, top and skirt. 
Seriously you could wear the jacket today with a pair of jeans and look great!

The color and volume of this gown made it a real eye catcher but, again I don't have any recollection of the 2006 movie Land of the Blind that allowed Lara Flynn Boyle to wear this amazing gown.
The information card said she cried when she took it off for the final time.
I'd cry too.

This is one of my favorite time periods at the beginning of the 20th century. This lovely ensemble is from the movie Howards End and was worn by Emma Thompson. 
I loved the novel by E.M. Forster and the movie was almost as good.
Almost all millinery from this time period are scrumptious!

I couldn't resist sharing this delightful hat worn by Amy Adams in the 2008 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. 
Sometimes it's easy to overlook details and accessories when you're overwhelmed by the number of beautiful garments. 
Luckily no-flash photos were allowed so I could capture every little thing. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this post! I won't get to see the exhibit (cool things like this never make it to Seattle. I have to be content with using binoculars during a production of Wicked to see gorgeous costumes.) Do watch the Prestige. It's a great movie and the costumes are beautiful!