The Art of Costume is excited to announce our new collaboration with costume designerCarey Bennettin unison with her recent guest feature on our official podcast, The Art of Costume Blogcast. In celebration of Bennett’s four seasons as costume designer on the hit television show, The Office and the upcoming holiday season – listeners are being presented with a chance to take home a one-of-a-kind piece straight from the set of The Office.
During the third season of The Office, employees were given a special holiday gift, a Dunder Mifflin robe. What you might not know is that everyone, including the cast and crew, was given their own robe as a gift… well, except for Toby Flenderson.
Now one of these robes from the set of The Office can be yours just in time for the holidays! To enter for a chance to take home your own Dunder Mifflin robe, read the directions below!
Please do not send personal information – only order number and donation amount are required.
Receipts must be delivered to our email by November 30th, 2021, at 12:00 AM PST.
For every $5.00 (USD) donated, your name will be entered in a drawing. During the season finale episode of The Art of Costumed Blogcast coming out on December 7th, 2021, Carey Bennett will be drawing the name of our winner!
Example of Receipt:
This opportunity is exclusive to our listeners in the United States of America.
You must be at least 18 years of age to participate.
Members of The Art of Costume team are not eligible for participation.
At long last, The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open its doors to the public on Thursday, September 30, 2021. Located in Los Angeles, this exciting new museum is the largest in North America devoted to exploring films and film culture. This brilliant new museum also emphasizes the importance of costume design and costume designers’ essential roles in the film industry. I was honored by The Academy Museum with an invitation to tour the exhibitions before the public, and I’ll just say, it was worth the wait!
It felt like a dream walking through the halls of The Academy Museum, full of costume surprises around every corner. Though I walked in with an idea of what I would see, I constantly came across acquisitions that made the hair stand up on my arms.
We first moved into a large gallery containing a chronological walk-through of Academy Awards history from 1929 to the present, an overview of the origins of the Oscars and the Academy, memorable wins and infamous snubs, Oscars fashion, and wraparound screens showcasing significant acceptance speeches.
The moment I knew I was in for quite the magical evening was when I came across the infamous 1986 Bob Mackie ensemble Cher wore to present an award at the Oscars. I was standing in the presence of one of the most famous outfits to grace a red carpet! Me being a Cher super-fan, I felt like I could have passed out. Luckily for me, Assistant Curator J. Raúl Guzmán (and my brilliant guide for the evening) was there to catch my fall.
We then proceeded on to The Identity gallery. The Identity gallery was the museum’s shining North Star for those who love and respect costume design art. Within this gallery, there are more than forty costumes and costume design sketches on view representing a wide swath of film history from the last century, including Lady Sings The Blues (1972), The Wiz (1978), Frida (2002), Us (2019), and Rocketman (2019). In addition, there is a display highlighting a single costume designer, which opens with costumes designed byMary Zophres. And yes, you will see The Dude’s bathrobe ensemble worn by Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski (1998).
There was one costume; however, I could not take my eyes off. Honestly, I never imagined myself stepping into the presence of the famous May Queen gown designed byAndrea Flesch worn by Florence Pugh in Midsommar (2019). Honestly, images don’t even do this gown justice, and I would say just seeing this gown is worth the price of admission.
The fun continued as we made our way through The Academy Museum and into The Encounters gallery, full of unique costume design. This gallery looks at the artistry that brings the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror to life, featuring original set pieces, costumes, and iconic characters, including C-3PO, E.T., and R2-D2. There were some showstopping costumes in this exhibit that I have always wanted to see, such as the iconic Edward Scissorhands costume by Colleen Atwood. Of course, no exhibit would be complete without the famed Dora Milaje armor worn by Okoye (Danai Gurira) in Black Panther by Academy Award-winning costume designerRuth Carter.
One of the most magical moments within The Academy Museum took place in The Encounters gallery as I approached a costume that still sends chills down my spine. Why it was none other than one of the infamous gowns worn by Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. What else is there to say? It was powerful and actually brought me to quiet tears. I was happy I snuck away from Assistant Curator J. Raúl Guzmán for a moment so that he couldn’t see me quietly having an emotional moment.
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures dedicates quite a lot of space to the legendary costume designer, Eiko Ishioka. On my tour, I got to see Ishioka’s Oscar she won for her costume design work on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the envelope and card to announce her well-deserved win, and even the Japanese poster for Francis Coppola’s 1979 film Apocalypse Now, designed by Eiko Ishioka.
Aside from all of the fantastic costumes I have shared with you, the seven-story, 300,000-square-foot museum will open with:
the 30,000-square-foot core exhibition Stories of Cinema, offering celebratory, critical, and personal perspectives on the disciplines and impact of moviemaking, past, and present
the temporary exhibition Hayao Miyazaki, the first museum retrospective in North America of the work of the acclaimed filmmaker and Studio Ghibli
The Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer Collection, with selections from the world’s foremost holdings of pre-cinematic optical toys and devices
Backdrop: An Invisible Art, a double-height installation that presents the painting of Mount Rushmore used in North by Northwest (USA, 1959)
And The Oscars® Experience presented in the East West Bank Gallery, an immersive simulation that lets visitors imaginatively step onto the stage of the Dolby Theatre to accept an Academy Award®.
I cannot recommend this experience enough. I could have spent all day in this museum. Actually, I kind of did spend all day, and I still don’t think I saw everything I wanted to. This museum recognizes the importance of costume designers and gives proper credit to the incredible designers around the world, past and present, for their imperative contributions to film. Tickets are available now, so please head to the website for The Academy Museum and reserve your spot today!
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)