This past weekend our Costume Design class taught by Professor Lia Hansen took a field trip to FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in LA. They had approximately two dozen displays in their costumes from major motion pictures exhibit which also featured all the costumes from the 2016 Oscar Nominees. In addition to that there was also an exhibit on women’s fans which discussed their historical importance and how they set women apart in different social standings. During the trip we discussed the different styles of sewing and techniques of costume design. Professor Hansen walked us through each display from Disney’s Cinderella and Star Wars to Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant and asked questions on whether the stitching was primarily vertical, horizontal, or curved linear; what the costume designer’s intent was when they decided to enhance certain features; etc.
My favorite part of the exhibit though wasn’t learning about the costume design techniques though (sorry Professor Hansen). It was being up close and personal with the costumes of some of my favorite characters from my favorite films. Being able to stand five feet away from Kylo Ren’s costume from Star Wars had me giddy on the inside. It was also really interesting to be able to see these costumes at such a close proximity because it gives you a renewed appreciation for the costume designer’s work who is often an unsung hero in the production of a show. The detail that you’re able to see in the costumes is amazing and was very interesting to be see the differences in how they appear in the film vs how they actually appear in person. Overall this was an amazing trip. Who knew you still got to take field trips in college?