Thursday, April 21, 2016
Today I went and checked out the FIDM Costume Exhibit in downtown LA. It was really inspiring to see such amazing and intricate work by so many super talented costume designers. So many of the costumes had fine details and tiny stitches that made each piece really exciting to see up close.
There are days when I feel like I can barely dress myself! I don’t know how costume designers dress so many people and yet still take the time to be sure every single stitch is in place!
There was writing on the walls throughout the exhibit that talked about what goes into being a costume designer – some interesting tidbits I didn’t even consider! One quote talked about how a tiny spot on a dress might not seem like a very big deal, but once it is put onto a 300-foot screen, that tiny dot is now 3-feet tall! Talk about paying attention to every single detail!
There was also quotes about how the costume designers have to know everything about the set, time period, scenery, weather, and camera lenses while they are creating their designs. Definitely all aspects of a movie that can affect (positively or negatively) the scene. It made me think about the movie The Garden State with Zach Braff and there was a scene where he was in – I think – his parent’s or grandparent’s house and he was wearing a shirt that matched the wallpaper. It’s funny when it is done on purpose, but I’m sure an actress wouldn’t want to be wearing an elegant dress that just so happens to be similar material as the couch!
I went to school to be a teacher, but I really wish I had spent my time and money on learning to be a costume designer. There are movies I love to watch simply for the amazing costumes. Mad Max: Fury Road isn’t my type of movie, but the costumes are just so incredible – no wonder Jenny Beavan won the Academy Award for Costume Design! But she really is one of so many amazing costume designers that did some amazing work this past year!
Seeing all of the amazing costumes was a real treat. My hats off to all of the amazing costume designers that turn fantasy into a reality for us movie lovers!