Who Needs Fashion Week? L.A. Museums Feature Fashionable Exhibits


New York’s Fashion Week starts today but if you’re not able to head east to hang with A-Dubs and her couture-obsessed cohorts, there are plenty of museum exhibit in L.A. to soothe the fashionista’s soul. We already mentioned Rodarte’s upcoming solo show at MOCA, opening March 4th.

Also in town for a few more weeks is LACMA’s great “Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915.” Located in the museum’s “Baby Piano,” the Resnick pavilion designed by Renzo Piano adjacent to the Broad Contemporary wing. The exhibit surveys aesthetic changes from the Age of Enlightenment to World War I, detailing advanced in sartorial technology along the way.

Photo: Costumes from the film “Alice in Wonderland” in a display at the 19th Annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition at FIDM Museum. Credit: Alex J. Berliner / ABImages

And now on display is FIDM’s annual exhibit on costume design, timed to coincide with the Oscars. In this year’s show, look for 100 costumes from 21 movies, including “Alice in Wonderland,” “True Grit,” “The Tempest” and “The King’s Speech.” Most of the pieces are on loan from the studios, with the exception of Johnny Depp’s. His contracts stipulate he keeps everything he wears in his movies (which might explain why he keeps showing up places unexpectedly dressed at Captain Jack Sparrow) so curators borrow his costumes directly from the star himself. The Mad Hatter and his friends will be on display from now until April 20th.

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