THE FILM'S CLOSET: While every movie buff probably as a certain thing they like to watch for in a film, be it special effects or headlining stars or what have you, the people who love their costumes love them. Let's break that out for impact, shall we? They. Love. Them. Costume admirers have a fandom like no other, and, each late winter, many of them are headed for one place: Los Angeles, where The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design unfurls at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Once there, film and frippery fans'll get up-close with the actual costumes from several of the previous year's biggest releases. The show opens on Tuesday, Feb. 14 and runs through Saturday, April 28 (note that the gallery at FIDM is closed on Sunday and Monday). Yep, it coincides with Oscar season, and on purpose, too; it is a big silver-screen-ic love-in, is the thing.
ON THE MANNEQUINS: Jackets and dresses and hats and sashes and socks from "Jane Eyre" and "Hugo" and "The Artist" and "Anonymous," among others. The conversation we always hear year in and year out? Two gallery goers discussing the fact that an actor is tinier/taller/broader than they'd thought. But beyond sizing up the sizes, just being so close to the details and lace and buttons and notions is a real gas, especially if you've actually seen the movies and remember what the characters wore. And maybe best of all? No movie ticket or popcorn price is required; the exhibit is free.