Posted Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:15
The critically acclaimed exhibition Hollywood Costume, in the final days of its worldwide tour at Los Angeles’s historic Wilshire May Company building, will have extended hours through its closing on Monday, March 2. Presented by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hollywood Costume celebrates and examines costume design as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling. It brings together more than 150 iconic costumes from Hollywood’s Golden Age to the present, including such treasures as the Academy’s pair of the original ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz,” (Adrian, 1939) shown with Dorothy’s blue and white gingham pinafore dress.
Posted Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 10:45
In the introduction to her book, Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design, Deborah Nadoolman Landis sums up the job of the costume designer: “Ultimately, a costume must perfectly describe the individual for whom it was designed—not the superficial shell of a character but the outward expression of inner experience, the concrete manifestation of the character’s self-image.” Costume design extends beyond the realm of fashion and personal style. Unconcerned with setting trends, the costume designer aims to add depth and believability to the identities of the characters in the film. A...
Posted Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 10:15
Currently the fifth most nominated person ever with 35 nominations for Costume Design, Edith Head was nominated 19 years in a row, from the establishment of the Costume Design category in 1948 through 1966. She holds the record for awards in the category with eight.In the 1950s during Edith Head’s impressive run at the Oscars, she began serving as a fashion consultant for the ceremony. The position’s duties were wide-ranging, from advising Oscar attendees on makeup and clothing for television, taking into account the set design and what looks might complement it, to emergency wardrobe repairs...
Posted Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 12:00
The Star Wars universe is filled with amazing and varied characters: crazy aliens, rogue pirates, beautiful princesses and dashing heroes. These characters find their full form through dialogue, makeup and costume. Fans have come to love the series because they instantly recognize individual characters and their stories whenever they grace the screen.The Hollywood Costume exhibition provides an exciting and illustrious glimpse into the Star Wars costumers’ minds with Aggie Guerard Rodgers’s Han Solo costume from Return of the Jedi and John Mollo’s Darth...
Posted Monday, November 17, 2014 - 12:45
The Academy spotlights three partnerships from Hollywood’s Golden Age in The Perfect Match: Hollywood Costume Collaborations during the month of December.
Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 11:00
After receiving an Oscar for Costume Design for The Young Victoria in 2010, Sandy Powell appears backstage to discuss her inspiration and creative process for her work on the film. Powell, a 10-time nominee and three-time Oscar recipient, has collaborated with director Martin Scorsese on six of his films. They discuss their collaboration and shared creative vision for costume design in video interviews that are featured in Hollywood Costume. To hear more about Powell’s process and see six of her creations, including an ensemble from Gangs of New York and a suit from The Wolf of Wall Street, visit Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Presented by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the exhibition marks the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition.
Posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:30
Edith Head’s designs for Kim Novak in Vertigo are arguably some of the most important costumes in film history. The film revolves around the idea of identity and appearance with Novak playing dual characters. Madeleine and Judy are defined by their sharply differing styles: one sophisticated and urbane, the other earthy and more vibrant.
Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:45
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Mary Pickford Foundation will continue their annual celebration of silent film with the restoration world premiere of “Little Annie Rooney” (1925) on Monday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Theater on the LACMA campus.
Posted Monday, October 20, 2014 - 10:30
A 20th anniversary screening of “The Shawshank Redemption”; restorations of Mary Pickford’s “Little Annie Rooney” and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Bank”; a screening series and panel discussion complementing the landmark Hollywood Costume exhibition; and six diverse films from director Edgar G. Ulmer are all part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ November programs. Ticket holders for Hollywood Costume will receive free same-day admission to Hollywood Costume-related public programs.
Posted Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 10:30
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted a private luncheon and viewing of the current exhibition, Hollywood Costume,on Wednesday, October 8, at the Wilshire May Company building—future home of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. The luncheon was hosted by Academy Governor Annette Bening, Crystal Lourd, Oscar®-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Elizabeth Wiatt.
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