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Sunday, September 22, 2013

7th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design

The Los Angeles
Fashion Institute of Design and Manufacturing ( FIDM ) Museum 
is exhibiting over 100 costumes from  15 television shows.
The exhibit started July 30th and will end October 19th.
And it is free to the public.

It is always interesting to examine textiles, embellishments, and design details up close. 
Also, the variety of costumes from different eras, fantasies, comedies and extremes makes one realize just how challenging, inventive and fun it must be to create costumes.
It is also interesting how statuesque ( or not! ) many of the actors really are 

Game of Thrones on HBO
The costumes were impressive but, the displays were a little bleak. 
In past years more effort was put into the set around the costumes.
And there are no pics of the costumes online and no information handout with the exhibit. 
Of course it is free.
Michael Douglas as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra on HBO

The seven costumes on display for Behind the Candelabra were over the top! 
No small surprise costume designer Ellen Mirojnick is nominated for the Best Costume Design Emmy
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley on Downtown Abbey on PBS
 Photos of any kind are strictly forbidden and it was impossible to sneak even one! 
The no photo rule seems so ridiculous since all the costumes are already on TV. 
 The highlight of the exhibit was the 16 costumes from Downtown Abbey featuring the entire Lady Mary wedding ensembles for the main characters.
I love the early 1900's costumes from Downtown Abbey mainly for the amazing, wonderful hats.

Fortunately ( or unfortunately ) FIDM is only a few blocks from the fabric district and I could not resist a visit to my favorite treasure hunt fabric discount store, 
Michael Levines The Loft.

And although I have 50,000,000 projects, ideas and tasks these fabrics were irresistible!

Across the street at the regular Michael Levines fabric store I also spent over an hour selecting trims for a variety of real and potential projects.

I think all those hats and costumes at the exhibit were just a little too inspiring!

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