Television and fashion united once more at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in downtown Los Angeles for the fifth annual “Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design” exhibit.
In honor of this year’s Primetime Emmy-nominated costume designers, FIDM partnered with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to host the exhibit in the institute’s museum and galleries space. The free public event has been running since July 27 and will end on Saturday, Sept. 4.
Emily Jackson, who works part-time as a museum staff member, said the exhibit has attracted a wide range of visitors. She said FIDM faculty and students, tourist families, and students from local high schools have stopped by the campus, “wanting a peek” of the elaborate costumes from their favorite TV shows and movies.
“(The exhibit) is really fun,” Jackson said. “It lets our guests get away from their lives for a bit and takes their mind off of things. It’s just like coming to a movie.”
The exhibition included costumes from hit shows like “Big Love,” “Bones,” “The Tudors,” and “Glee.” Lifetime miniseries “Amish Grace” and “Georgia O’Keefe” are also included on the exhibit’s list of features.
This year’s exhibit is just one of many the institute has hosted. It was the location for the first exhibition of costumes from the “Star Wars” saga in 2005. Jackson credited these events to the college’s good relationships with movie studios.
FIDM’s museum and galleries’ gift shop included festive souveniers that ran with themes showcased in the exhibition and brochures with information on the featured costumes.
The exhibition, which includes over 75 costumes from television series, movies and miniseries, has added a new attraction this year.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment co-presented the costume exhibit inspired by Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” The exhibit featured original costumes designed by Colleen Atwood and movie-inspired gowns designed by “Project Runway’s” Nick Verreos.
The exhibit attracted locals like 19-year-old Ariel Aguirre and her mother Cindy Aguirre, 53, to the campus.
“We’re here for the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ costumes,” Ariel said. “We’re big fans of Tim Burton.”
The Aguirres, who were entertaining a visiting friend, Ingrid Szhuessleder, heard about the exhibit from the L.A. Times.
Avid movie-goer Szhuessleder, 28, who came from Austria, said the exhibition was a special treat.
“This is my first time in Los Angeles,” she added. “This is definitely a good start.”
“It’s one thing to see the costumes in the movies but you don’t get a good look at the attention to detail and color the way you do when you’re up close,” added Ariel.
Cindy agreed, emphasizng the elaborate detail that goes into the costumes.
She’s not the only one who felt this way. Jackson said that for some visitors, viewing the exhibit wasn’t enough.
“We had one lady try to touch the display,” she said. “I guess she couldn’t help herself. I had to explain to her our ‘do not touch’ policy.”