I was lucky to be in LA last week when FIDM (The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) had two simultaneous shows running- The Art of Costume Television Design and Manmode- Dressing the Male Ego. I love that the museum now allows photography so I can share my experience with you.
The 10th Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design
This exhibit celebrates outstanding TV costuming from 2015 and 2016 in a variety of genres, including Primetime Emmy® Award nominees in Costume Design. And it did not disappoint!
I was especially excited to see the costumes from Outlander- well, one very specific outfit, anyway. This is the scene.
Yes, this one! I had heard an interview on NPR with the designer, Terry Dresbach, as she described how this time travel story line required costumes from two different eras. I had also seen a newspaper article that highlighted a couple of the ensembles. That is what led me to watch the show. And I don't even really like historical dramas. But there was something about this dress that was so alluring.
The shoes! And at 6.5, almost my size.
And who doesn't love a man in a kilt?
|Beautifully embroidered coat worn by Master Raymond of the apothecary|
|Inspired by Christian Dior's "New Look", this suit bridged the 1940s with 18th Century Paris|
And from the sublime to the ridiculous...have you ever watched Baskets on the FX Network? I just happen to love Zak Galifianakis. He plays a rodeo clown. And this is his costume.
|What's not to love about embellished goldenrod overalls over Breton stripes?|
|The glitz and glamour of Empire|
|The simple materials of Roots|
I was surprised to find that the Outlander costume would not be my favorite. I know- can you believe it? I fell in love with this amazing green bare shouldered gown worn by Lady Gaga portraying The Countess in American Horror Story: Hotel.
The beautiful emerald green, the single over-the-elbow glove, the asymmetry, the under skirt, the TURBAN! Amazing.
And while this stunning fuchsia gown was apparently the showstopper, and given better placement, it was the green that I loved the best.
I was unfamiliar with the futuristic series Defiance on the Syfy channel, but the beautifully crafted leather costumes really caught my eye.
|The Downton Abbey frocks were pretty fabulous|
|And because I LOVE Transparent on Amazon, I'm including their collection|
And here are a few photos from the smaller but still significant
Manmode- Dressing the Male Ego
Presenting three centuries of menswear from the FIDM Museum collection.
|Smoking jacket designed from cigar silks circa 1885. To me, it looks very contemporary and edgy.|
|At home ensemble from Victorian England. Most likely hand embroidered by the lady of the house.|
|Accessories including a mink bowtie, peek a boo tie and "Balls" cologne. Oh my!|
|Swimming ensemble circa 1940s|
|Similar shoes from 1895 and 2007|
|Shirt illustrations by Maurice Levin c. 1950|
|Killer collection of vintage ties from the 1940s and 1950s|
Perhaps the most stunning garment in the show was this amazing caftan acquired by the one and only Rudi Gernreich during his travels to India in 1969.