Sunday, June 17, 2007

Costumes from the Movies

Saturday we drove to Oshkosh to the Paine Art Museum and Gardens to see the "Fashion in Film" display. What a great way to spend an afternoon. The Paine Mansion and Gardens are interesting on their own, but the Costumes really made it interesting.

The exhibition features thirty-six period costumes worn by movie stars such as Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Gwyneth Paltrow in major motion pictures, from "Dangerous Liaisons" and "Sense and Sensibility" and "Titanic". The Paine’s presentation of the exhibition uniquely sets the elaborate costumes within the grandest rooms of the historic mansion.

The costumes have been worn by well-known actors in some of the most popular and successful period television and film productions of the last few decades, including several pictures that received Oscar and Emmy nominations and awards for costume design. The featured costumes range from a Renaissance-era green velvet dress worn by Cate Blanchett in "Elizabeth" to a 1950s pink silk dress worn by Madonna in "Evita".

Other selections include a winged party dress worn by Drew Barrymore in "Ever After", a wool coat and top hat worn by Ralph Fiennes in "Onegin", and a fur shawl and feathered hat worn by Jacqueline Bisset in "Murder on the Orient Express". Many items are accompanied by film stills showing the actors wearing them.

If this piques your interest, I'm afraid you're out of luck. The exhibit has been touring the USA, but the Oshkosh exhibit is the last before it returns to the world-renowned costume house Cosprop Ltd. in London.

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