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LA's FIDM Costume Exhibit: TV Fashion Resonates

By Sofia Celeste 25 August 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA – It's not a coincidence that you have been hooked on Netflix, HBO Now and Amazon Prime. Television is experiencing a renaissance and so are the costumes that adorn its biggest and brightest stars. To commemorate this historic moment, Los Angeles' FIDM fashion institude unfurled the 11th annual "Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design" exhibition this week.

Tucked away at an inconspicuous gallery in the recently gentrified Downtown LA area, is a multimedia tribute to costume designers and their craft , not to mention some of the most memorable costumes of all time: the satin wedding gown Claire Foy wore as Queen Elizabeth II in "The Crown", the tuxedo shirt and tassel earrings Reese Witherspoon donned in "Big Little Lies", the blue sequined number special made for Mandy Moore in "This is Us", and the exquisite 1920 inspired outfits from "Z: The Beginning of Everything". Previous editions of the exhibit have showcased ensembles from epic shows like Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, as well as HBO comedy Veep, starring Julia Louis Dreyfus.

These are just a few ensembles that won an Emmy for Outstanding Contemporary Costumes for a Series, Limited Series, or Movie or Outstanding Period/Fantasy Costumes for a Series, Limited Series, or Movie this year.

Ane Crabtree, the costume designer of the period drama the "Handmaid's Tale" said that the secret to her work's success is taking antique costumery and transforming it into something evergreen.

"The tone was deconstruction. [...] Deconstruction of a thought or design element and taking a handsmaid dress and turning it into something that was no longer a pure structure," Crabtree was quoted as saying on video. "It shouldn't be a rusty dusty drama. The clothing should be something your mother would want to wear."

Costume designers often employ different methods to complete set wardrobe. This can include shopping, tailor-making and vintage hunting. The latter, explained Hala Bahmet, costume designer of "This is Us", who said that often times vintage clothing is a challenge because it has to look authentic and un-tattered.

Ultimately the exhibit demonstrated the creativity and skill behind modern set design today and how television is a portal to some of the best talent in the industry.

The exhibit will run until October 7 at FIDM's 919 S. Grand Avenue campus.

 

   

 

 



Sofia Celeste
FAIRPLAY Editor-in-Chief

When she is not hunting down the latest in tech and fashion, Sofia Celeste is scouting artisan talent for her online magazine bacoluxury.com. Born in the US and raised on the Pacific Island of Guam, she went on to write for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal. Her work is now regularly published in top fashion publications NOWFASHION and WWD.

LOS ANGELES, CA – It's not a coincidence that you have been hooked on Netflix, HBO Now and Amazon Prime. Television is experiencing a renaissance and so are the costumes that adorn its biggest and brightest stars. To commemorate this historic moment, Los Angeles' FIDM fashion institude unfurled the 11th annual "Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design" exhibition this week.

Tucked away at an inconspicuous gallery in the recently gentrified Downtown LA area, is a multimedia tribute to costume designers and their craft , not to mention some of the most memorable costumes of all time: the satin wedding gown Claire Foy wore as Queen Elizabeth II in "The Crown", the tuxedo shirt and tassel earrings Reese Witherspoon donned in "Big Little Lies", the blue sequined number special made for Mandy Moore in "This is Us", and the exquisite 1920 inspired outfits from "Z: The Beginning of Everything". Previous editions of the exhibit have showcased ensembles from epic shows like Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, as well as HBO comedy Veep, starring Julia Louis Dreyfus.

These are just a few ensembles that won an Emmy for Outstanding Contemporary Costumes for a Series, Limited Series, or Movie or Outstanding Period/Fantasy Costumes for a Series, Limited Series, or Movie this year.

Ane Crabtree, the costume designer of the period drama the "Handmaid's Tale" said that the secret to her work's success is taking antique costumery and transforming it into something evergreen.

"The tone was deconstruction. [...] Deconstruction of a thought or design element and taking a handsmaid dress and turning it into something that was no longer a pure structure," Crabtree was quoted as saying on video. "It shouldn't be a rusty dusty drama. The clothing should be something your mother would want to wear."

Costume designers often employ different methods to complete set wardrobe. This can include shopping, tailor-making and vintage hunting. The latter, explained Hala Bahmet, costume designer of "This is Us", who said that often times vintage clothing is a challenge because it has to look authentic and un-tattered.

Ultimately the exhibit demonstrated the creativity and skill behind modern set design today and how television is a portal to some of the best talent in the industry.

The exhibit will run until October 7 at FIDM's 919 S. Grand Avenue campus.

 

   

 

 



Sofia Celeste
FAIRPLAY Editor-in-Chief

When she is not hunting down the latest in tech and fashion, Sofia Celeste is scouting artisan talent for her online magazine bacoluxury.com. Born in the US and raised on the Pacific Island of Guam, she went on to write for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal. Her work is now regularly published in top fashion publications NOWFASHION and WWD.

 

Photo: FIDM

 

Photo: FIDM