For me, cinema has always been a 3-D experience. There is the film on a whole. Then there is the dimension of story line.
Then the costumes.
I jump at any opportunity to see costumes up close. So I bounded when my talented pal Arianne Phillips extended an invitation to attend the opening night gala last Saturday night for the 20th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and FIDM Museum & Galleries honoring this past year in Motion Picture Costumes.
The show features a selection of the five films represented in the Best Costume Design category for this year’s Academy Awards: “Hugo,” “Jane Eyre,” “The Artist,” “Anonymous” and “W.E.,” the film for which Ari is nominated. Hurrah!
Costumes from several other films are also represented in the exhibition, from 2011 releases as disparate as “War Horses” and “My Week with Marilyn” to “Real Steel” and “A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas.” Go figure.
The exhibition officially opened Valentine’s Day and runs through April 28th. Admission is free, so no excuse: go.