The 27th “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” Exhibition


(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Hello friends! I am so excited to share with you another museum exhibition where you can experience first-hand, the beauty of fashion and costume design. This time, we are heading back to The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising for the 27th Annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition.

This year the FIDM museum is featuring more than 25 different films with over 100 costumes present. All five of this year’s Oscar® nominated costume designers have work represented within the museum. This major exhibition is the only one of its kind in the world that pays homage each year to the creativity of the costume designer for film with a museum show of outstanding costumes and Oscar® nominated designs.

2018 was an incredible year for costume design! Let’s take a look at some of the jaw-dropping costumes you too can view at the FIDM museum!


Black Panther (Ruth Carter)


Black Panther costumes by Ruth Carter, 2019 Academy Award nominee for Costume Design.  (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)Black Panther costumes by Ruth Carter, 2019 Academy Award nominee for Costume Design.  (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Black Panther costumes by Ruth Carter, 2019 Academy Award nominee for Costume Design.
(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Prior to the event, I was constantly checking with sources to find out if the famous Black Panther costumes were going to make it to this year’s exhibit. While it sounded like a positive thing, I was trying not to get myself too excited just in case it didn’t happen.

As I stepped into the room, my eye was INSTANTLY captured by the center platform, topped with some of the most recognizable costumes from the
Oscar® nominated film, Black Panther. I got instant chills. These costumes are just as beautiful in person as they were on the big screen. The amount of detail in each of these designs is really, truly impressive.

In my opinion, Ruth Carter has set the new golden standard for costume design and I am almost certain she will be winning the Oscar® for Best Costume Design. She deserves it. You must see these costumes in person.

Mary Poppins Returns (Sandy Powell)


Mary Poppins Returns costumes by Sandy Powell, 2019 Academy Award nominee for Costume Design. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)Mary Poppins Returns costumes by Sandy Powell, 2019 Academy Award nominee for Costume Design. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Mary Poppins Returns costumes by Sandy Powell, 2019 Academy Award nominee for Costume Design. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

One of the more interesting sets of costumes to me came from Mary Poppins Returns designed by Sandy Powell. Obviously I had seen pictures of the painted dress and suit from the film. However, seeing the actual painted garments in person was so exhilarating! These garments are so detailed and the paint is really incredible. I always say costume design is one of the most beloved art forms, but these canvas like garments really take that sentiment to another level.

A Wrinkle in Time (Paco Delgado)


A Wrinkle in Time costumes by Paco Delgado. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)A Wrinkle in Time costumes by Paco Delgado. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

A Wrinkle in Time costumes by Paco Delgado. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

If you are looking for a costume that uses a variety of soothing color combinations and textiles, then go no further than the costumes of A Wrinkle in Time by Paco Delgado. I was so drawn to the use of textiles in these costumes. It’s almost like the costume designer used a form of sculpture art to build these costumes. The most fascinating of all the textiles used was the quartz shaped material to create the crystallized skirt for Oprah’s dress. The skirt is so stunning, plus; it was worn by Oprah so…

A Star is Born (Erin Benach)


A Star is Born costumes by Erin Benach. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)A Star is Born costumes by Erin Benach. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

A Star is Born costumes by Erin Benach. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive into these costumes from A Star is Born, designed by Erin Benach. I am a huge fan of the costumes in this film and I still stand by the fact that I believe Erin should have received a Oscar nomination for the costume design in this film. Erin had to develop an entire story-line for Ally (Lady Gaga’s character) to be portrayed through costume. This exhibit gives you a perfect example of my point – the outfit Ally wears before her rise to fame in front and the blue velvet Ally wears in the back. Brilliant costumes!

The Favourite (Sandy Powell)


The Favourite costumes by Sandy Powell, 2019 Academy Award nominee for Costume Design. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)The Favourite costumes by Sandy Powell, 2019 Academy Award nominee for Costume Design. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

The Favourite costumes by Sandy Powell, 2019 Academy Award nominee for Costume Design. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

There were some incredible period pieces within the museum, most notably The Favourite. Not only are these some of my favorite costumes, but this film represents Sandy Powell’s second Oscar nomination of the year! The costumes show a strong profession in construction, as well a perfect example of how costume moves the progression of a character. Congrats to Sandy for earning not one, but two nominations!

Avengers: Infinity War


Avengers: Infinity War costume by Judianna Makovsky and Ruth Carter (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)Avengers: Infinity War costume by Judianna Makovsky and Ruth Carter (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Avengers: Infinity War costume by Judianna Makovsky and Ruth Carter (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Thanos might have obliterated half of the universe, but luckily the costumes of the Avengers made it back to FIDM safely! I mean, just wow! First, seeing the T’Challa suit in person was a true experience. FIDM could have just used that costume alone, but nope… they also had to display costumes worn by Scarlet Witch, Captain America, Black Widow, and Thor! Be right back, my heart is exploding with joy.

Bohemian Rhapsody (Julian Day)


Bohemian Rhapsody costumes by Julian Day. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)Bohemian Rhapsody costumes by Julian Day. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Bohemian Rhapsody costumes by Julian Day. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

This costume exhibition wouldn’t be complete without the contribution of Julian Day’s costumes for Bohemian Rhapsody. The spirit of Freddie Mercury is alive within the halls of FIDM. My favorite piece was of course the metallic leotard and the Adidas shoes. But what was most interesting to me was seeing the white tank-top and light blue jeans only because it is such a simple yet powerful outfit. It is so funny to me how combinations of colors, shapes, and textures can trigger your mind of a certain memory like this white tank-top and jeans ensemble seen on Mercury at the Live Aid concert in 1985. I recognized it immediately.

Mary Queen of Scots (Alexandra Byrne)


Mary Queen of Scots costumes by Alexandra Byrne, 2019 Academy Award nominee for Costume Design. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)Mary Queen of Scots costumes by Alexandra Byrne, 2019 Academy Award nominee for Costume Design. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Mary Queen of Scots costumes by Alexandra Byrne, 2019 Academy Award nominee for Costume Design. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Lastly, I want to point out the incredible costumes from Mary Queen of Scots, designed by Alexandra Byrne. Umm, I am in love with these. Specifically, the Queen Elizabeth I gown worn by Margot Robbie. I have always been obsessed with Elizabeth I and this costume is such a fantastic adaptation of the very classic look we all associate with the fierce queen. If it were up to me, I would change the laws so that we all must dress in similar outfits as seen in the Mary Queen of Scots film.


As you can see, there are so many fabulous costumes. The cool part about it is, I only showed you eight of the more than twenty five different films shown within the exhibit. So, you are going to have to go check it out yourself to discover what else lies within the exhibit.

This exhibition is free to the public and is open Tuesday, February 5th – Friday, April 12th, 2019. Visitors’ hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Located on the campus of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, FIDM. Museum is at 9th Street and Grand Avenue.

Don’t forget to tag your pictures with #WERRRK so we can see all of your beautiful photos! I hope you all have as much fun as I did. I’ll see you at the Oscar’s red carpet, taking place Sunday, February 24th!

Follow this link for more information on the FIDM Museum & Galleries


(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Diamond in a Rhinestone World: The Costumes of Dolly Parton


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The Grammy Museum is “a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music”. Last week, I was invited to the Downtown Los Angeles Grammy Museum for a super special, sneak peek of their fabulous new exhibition.

When I heard about this new exhibition, I literally felt like it was too good to be true. It must be a rumor. Days later, there I was standing in the center of a room covered from carpet to ceiling in Dolly Parton costumes and memorabilia. The Queen of Country’s entire wardrobe had exploded all over this room and I don’t think I could be happier! Let me give you a few of the highlights.

“I probably have thousands of dresses from over the years. I had a hard time letting go of some of my favorites, but I’m excited for them to be included in this exhibit but I can’t wait to see them on display at the GRAMMY Museum!” says Dolly about the museum.


9 to 5 (1980)


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As I came up the escalator, the first piece I immediately recognized was the simple yet iconic yellow top and floral skirt Dolly wears in our favorite movie, “9 to 5”. That fact that I was so close to this outfit (basically fogging up the protective glass) was really just a mind-blowing experience. Is this a good time to bring up the need for a “9 to 5” revival?

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)


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Right around the corner, your attention is immediately demanded by the incredible red ruffle dress. I mean, seriously! It does not get better than this. This dress is so stunning in person. The detail is everywhere, from the ruffle all the way down to the sequins gliding across the floor. This costume is a must-see!

Dollywood Foundation Benefit Concert (2004)


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This exhibition includes a few outfits that were worn for the 2004 Dollywood Foundation Benefit Concert. My favorite benefit concert outfit being this purple shirt dress with embroidered ruby red flowers on it.  You can feel the positive, colorful energy of Dolly just by standing near this dress.

Emmy Awards (2017)


Remember the 2017 Emmy Awards and that 9 to 5 reunion gave us all the feels? Well, imagine walking around the corner and seeing that same sparkly white dress in person that Dolly wore. After I blacked out for a few minutes, I stood up and just stared in awe. This dress sparkled so beautifully, I cant even describe it. You have to see this one in person.Remember the 2017 Emmy Awards and that 9 to 5 reunion gave us all the feels? Well, imagine walking around the corner and seeing that same sparkly white dress in person that Dolly wore. After I blacked out for a few minutes, I stood up and just stared in awe. This dress sparkled so beautifully, I cant even describe it. You have to see this one in person.

Remember the 2017 Emmy Awards and that 9 to 5 reunion gave us all the feels? Well, imagine walking around the corner and seeing that same sparkly white dress in person that Dolly wore. After I blacked out for a few minutes, I stood up and just stared in awe. This dress sparkled so beautifully, I cant even describe it. You have to see this one in person.

Backwoods Barbie Music Video (2008)


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The next outfit that caught my eye was the iconic cheetah print dress with the iridescent pink cover-up from the “Backwoods Barbie”. Oh I know you all are singing the song in your head already… “I’m just a backwoods Barbie, too much makeup, too much hair. Don’t be fooled by thinkin’ that the goods are not all there!” Ugh, such a cool set!

Finally, I came upon a set of costumes from the legendary Porter Wagoner Show. Produced in Nashville from 1960-1980, virtually every well known country music performer had appeared over the years on this show. Porter Wagoner introduced the world to a young Dolly Parton as his female co-star from 1967 to 1974. A few of her costumes found their way into this exhibition and I really feel like you should go see them!


There is so much more in this exhibition that I did not show you, mostly because I want you to see it for yourself. Dresses, costumes, instruments, portraits, music videos… it’s all there. If you have ever listened to a Dolly Parton song, seen a Dolly Parton movie… hell, even if you remember seeing Dolly on the Hannah Montana show back in the day, there is something in this exhibition for you.

As the Grammy Museum guides you through the exhibit, you are reminded of what an absolute legend Dolly Parton is and how incredible her touch on this world has been. I absolutely loved this exhibition and I know you will too.


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Eight-time GRAMMY® winner, Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and Oscar-nominated artist Dolly Parton has been widely renowned as not just a music legend, but a fashion icon. To showcase iconic costumes and pieces from her personal archive, the GRAMMY Museum® proudly presents Diamond In A Rhinestone World: The Costumes Of Dolly Parton presented by City National Bank, which will be the first exhibit Parton has had in the United States outside of her Tennessee theme park Dollywood. The exhibit opens to the public on February 5th and will run through March 17.

Follow this link for tickets to “Diamond in a Rhinestone World: The Costumes of Dolly Parton”

New Beginnings – Site Launch


I am very excited to be launching “The Art of Costume” official website. I’ll be honest, when I first launched this blog through Instagram, I had no idea where this journey would ultimately take me. I took a gamble. But within hours of launch, the blog had gained an impressive amount of followers that I was not expecting. I received a huge amount of messages in support from family, friends, colleagues, and to my surprise- established costume designers. The fact that my blog was something that the costume design community saw as worthy, was really inspiring.

So here we are almost exactly a month after the Instagram launch, and I am expanding with an official website. It is through this site I will be able to chronicle and highlight the many charms of costume design and illustration. What excites me the most is that I have built this blog on a broad sense where we can explore not only costume design seen through film and television, but also through musical performances and videos, gaming, and the theater.

As a final note, I would just like to thank everyone who has supported me up to this point. First, Chiffon Dior and my incredible team at WERRRK.com that has continued to fuel my passion for creativity and writing. The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising– specifically Rachel Padilla who gave me a chance many years ago which opened up this whole exciting world for me. My family and friends who have had to listen to me talk during their favorite movies and television shows about the costume designer. My darling Kate, for standing by me through it all. Most of all, to the designers I have met along the way that have inspired me to explore this industry even further and gave me something to proudly “nerd out” over- Mandi Line, Trish Summerville, Nick Verreos, Eulyn Colette Hufkie, Candice Cuoco, Kimberly Adams, Marina Toybina, Ruth Carter, Tim Gunn, Michele Clapton, and so many others!

Cheers to the future!

(Enjoy some random photos with some of above names mentioned above)

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