What's Interesting: 25th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Exhibit

This past Saturday, February 4th, movie buffs, fashion aficionados, costume designers, influencers, and publishers, all forged their way into La La Land, also known as Los Angeles, to attend the opening reception for the 25th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising - the hub of the fashion scene in Los Angeles.

For the past 8 years, with eager anticipation, I've attended this glamorous event, and each year, FIDM reaches newer heights in bringing this occasion to life. Guests were greeted by the red carpet, cuisine under the stars, and of course, an up close look at the costumes, along with conversations with their creators. Those who follow So What to Twenty on Facebook had the opportunity to watch my live broadcast from the event, and saw me carefully navigate my way through the excited crowd. With the magic of Hollywood, I'm able to bring you images from the event free from crowds and obstruction. Enjoy!

Film: La La Land (Nominated Best Picture)

La La Land Designer: Mary Zophres (Nominated Best Costume Design)

Film: Alice Through the Looking Glass

Film: Alice Through the Looking Glass - Designer: Colleen Atwood

Film: The Huntsman: Winter's War - Designer: Colleen Atwood 

Film: Hidden Figures (Nominated Best Picture) - Designer: Renee Ehrlich Kalfus

Film: Fences (Nominated Best Picture)

Fences Designer: Sharen Davis

Film: Zoolander 2 - Designer: Leesa Evans

Project Runway contestant - Candice Cuoco

Designer and Project Runway star: Nick Verreos with VP of Education Barbara Bundy

Fun Costume Film Facts

Dining under the tents, and under the stars
This major exhibition is the only one of its kind in the world. Visitors will see over 100 outstanding costume designs from 23 films released in 2016, including Academy Award nominees for Costume Design. 

Exhibition Information:
Opens to Public: 
Tuesday, February 7th through Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
Gallery Hours:  
10am - 5pm , Tuesday - Saturday. Closed Sunday/Monday
Admission: Free
FIDM Museum & Galleries - On the Park, 1st Level
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
919 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA. 90015
(Corner of Grand Ave. & 9th Street)
Under college building (entrance on 9th street)
Public Information:
213.623.5821 Ext. 2224

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  1. What a great exhibit! Love all of the dramatic pieces, I so enjoyed La La land, and love the Colleen Atwood pieces. what fun you must have had!
    xx, Elle

  2. I am going to do my very best to get up to LA to see this exhibit. It has always been my secret desire to be a costume designer.


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