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

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It's a Really Big ( costume ) Show! Hollywood Costume

Costuming has always intrigued me. 
It's a garment but, it is also a visual narrative.

So last week me, my friend, and my funky harem pants headed to 
Los Angeles County Museum of Art complex
to view the amazing multimedia exhibition 
Hollywood Costume

The exhibition was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London 
and consists of over 150 of  ' the world's most iconic costumes ' .

The entrance of the current Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
is a tribute to the epic costume designer
 Edith Head;
whose 60-year career of designing costumes for almost 500 films resulted in
35 Academy Award nominations and eight wins.

Displayed are her actual eight Academy Awards...
An impressive introduction to a really big ( costume ) show ! 

The exhibition is not just costumes on display but, 
a thorough explanation of the process of creating a character through costuming.

" Costume is the Character " -Martin Scorsese

The exhibition combines costumes and video in inventive and informative ways.
Conversations, movie clips, and talking heads are a few of the highlights.

But, ultimately  Hollywood Costume is all about the actual costumes 
from the most memorable, iconic films imaginable.

" Costumes are so much more than clothes - costumes embody the psychological, social and emotional condition of the character " - Deborah Nadoolman Landis


With my head still spinning from two solid hours of costumes, 
the next stop was a one-night-only panel discussion led by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, 
an accomplished costumer, educator, author, and a curator of the Hollywood Costume exhibition.

Deborah Nadoolman Landis discussed with three Oscar nominated costume designers their costuming techniques and challenges.

The costume designers were

  • Danny Glicker, nominated for Milk ( the autobiography of Harvey Milk starring Sean Penn )
  • Judianna Makovsky, nominated for Pleasantville, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and Seabiscuit
  • Michael Wilkinson, nominated for American Hustle

Modern mythology is an accurate description for the stories that are 
told through the magic of motion pictures.
And costume designers design the characters that inhabit the motion pictures.

Hollywood Costume 
closes on March 2
and is a must-see for anyone 
that has ever loved a movie.