Thursday, December 20, 2007

A.M.P.A.S., Beverly Hills, showcased 36 ionic period costumes

By Veronica Viljoen Photos Johnny Sims

From October 19 to December 16, thirty-six iconic motion picture costumes, including Oscar® nominated designs created for Meryl Streep in “Out of Africa,” Gwyneth Paltrow in “Emma,” Nicole Kidman in “The Portrait of a Lady” and Cate Blanchett in “Elizabeth,” were showcased at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, (A.M.P.A.S.) 4th floor gallery in Beverly Hills, California.

With my knowledge in fashion and design, I attended the “Period Costumes for the Screen: From the Collection of Cosprop, London” with my husband/photographer, Johnny Sims, hours before the exhibit came to an end on Sunday, December 16.

True essence of style is determined in a number of ways. Fashion experts, designers, critics and novice all play a part in determining the essence within the fasscinated world of style. The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.), Beverly Hills highlighted the collaboration between motion picture costume designers and costume houses by featuring an impressive sampling from Great Britain’s Cosprop to an insightful audience as a conversation piece in true style.

Of all the costumes on display, my favorite was the design ensemble that Meryl Streep wore in the movie, “Out of Africa”. The fabric selection was exquisite; the detail on the headpiece incredible and the cut of the skirt was the cherry on the cake. Another memorable costume for me was the wedding gown that Cate Blanchett wore in “Elizabeth” and since December 16th was my birthday, the visit to the exhibit made it truly a day to remember.

It’s a Wrap, Veronica Viljoen
Fashion Critic


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