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August 30 2014

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Dresses Fit For A Queen

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L.A.’s Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising gets more airtime for its reality TV appearances, on Project Runway and (formerly) The Hills, but it’s also home to a top-notch museum, one that’s long drawn on the resources of its Hollywood hometown. Next week, the museum opens its 18th annual “The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibit, where 100 actual costumes from the films of 2010—including the Best Costume Design nominees Young Victoria, Nine, and Bright Star, as well as Where the Wild Things Are and Tom Ford’s A Single Man—are on display. “The details, fabrics, and exquisite design of the costumes are seldom as apparent on screen as they are in person,” says Barbara Bundy, the museum’s acting director. (Looking at the gown above, from The Young Victoria, we’d say she’s right.) The show provides a rare chance to get closer to the goods than even the big screen can put you, but trying them on, alas, is still verboten.

The exhibition runs February 9 through April 17 at the FIDM Museum & Galleries, 919 S. Grand Ave., L.A., www.fidm.edu.

Photo: Courtesy of FIDM

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