Over the weekend, I had my last free day from school and work for the next 14 weeks so I headed over to FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) to check out this recent exhibit.
To say that these costumes were amazing isn't even doing the costumes justice. There were costumes from 'Man of Steel', 'Ender's Game', 'Thor: The Dark World', 'Oblivion' and many others but I wanted to talk about the costumes that ended up being my favorite. Of course there was no photography allowed so I had to gather images from other places.
Star Trek: Into Darkness
This costume that Benedict Cumberbatch is wearing was actually my absolute favorite from the entire exhibit. It has this leathery, futuristic, sleek, Mad Max vibe to it that I loved. Plus so far, that's as close to Benedict that I've ever been. Can you say "Dreamboat"?
Michael Kaplan, the costume designer for the film said of Benedict:
"For Benedict, I really like the idea of long coats, so you see him moving through space with his coattails flying behind. When you first see him on Kronos, he's backlit and J.J. and I thought it would be a good idea if we didn't know who he was at first. You almost mistake his coat for a Klingon coat. Then he leaps down and you're still not sure who it is because he's wearing a hood and a mask and then all that comes off and you have the surprise of seeing Benedict."
What Kaplan said about designing costumes for the entire movie:
"Star Trek is like doing a period movie but it's a period movie where nothing exists from the period! You can't go to thrift shops and costume houses and collect clothing. On Star Trek, everything has to be made."
Next were the witches Evanora and Theodora from "Oz: The Great and Powerful" played by Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis. If you think the Evanora costume looks great on screen, seeing it in person was truly breathtaking. The detail of the beading is extraordinary.
Character designer, Michael Kutsche says of the Evanora costume:
"For Evanora, the ruler of Emerald City, the starting point was looking at the architecture of the city. I really wanted her to not just be some person in this place, but to actually be this place. The shape and color of her wardrobe acutally reflect the architecture and feel of Emerald City, which was Art Deco inspired."
and of Theodora:
"It's in a fantasy world while still being a period piece in a way. So I looked at fashion around 1900 when they had some pretty crazy hats. Theodora's look is almost like a patchwork of different periods that makes it look like no distinct period. And that's what I guess gives it this slightly fantastical effect."
It was interesting seeing all these costumes and the different fabrics the designers chose to help tell the story of the movie. While Star Trek used leathers and had a very futuristic and sleek feel, the costumes for 12 Years a Slave were all cotton and distressed. I wanted to touch all of them! So if you happen to be in LA between now and April 26th, I highly recommend seeing the exhibit.