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We got a sneak peek at the FIDM Museum's 18th annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition at the opening gala on Saturday night, and we were blown away by more than 100 costumes from recent Oscar-nominated (and winning) movies. And as a fun added bonus to all the fashion and period pieces, all the mannequins are to-scale models of the actors' bodies who originally wore them, so you can really get a feel for how nauseatingly tiny Helen Mirren's waist is and how not-tall Brad Pitt is.
Highlights from the exhibit include the dresses and jewelry from The Young Victoria (don't bother asking, they won't let you try on the tiara), the costumes and gigantic wedge shoes that Meryl Streep wore in Julie & Julia to look taller on camera, the skimpy and glitzy looks from Nine, the painstakingly disheveled hobo clothes of The Soloist, plus various looks from Oscar-winner The Duchess, Sherlock Holmes, Public Enemies, A Single Man and more. There's even some digital costumes featured (computer people need clothes, too), like those in Aliens in the Attic, designed by FIDM graduate Mona May, also known for her wardrobe work on Enchanted, The House Bunny, The Wedding Singer, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion and Clueless.
Probably one of the best parts of the exhibit is that it's completely free and open to the public, so stop by sometime between now and April 17 to see movie fashion. But you still can't smuggle in your own popcorn.
· FIDM Museum [Official Page]