CUT! Costumes and the Cinema Feb. 13– May 16, 2010
Florida International Museum
Walk through five centuries of cinematic couture. Experience the history of style and history itself. Breathe in the sumptuous fabrics. Step into the shoes of famous film stars. An experience like no other awaits visitors to the exhibition CUT! Costume and the Cinema. Visitors to the museum will be transported from a refreshing take on the classic Cinderella fairy tale (Angela Houston, Ever After) to 17th-century Virginia (Colin Farrell, The New World) to the 18th-century England of the aristocracy (Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, The Duchess) and the first voyage in the Pirates adventure trilogy (Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean) to 19th-century Paris, fantastic and opulent, (Emmy Rossum, The Phantom of the Opera), to the story of Peter Pan (Kate Winslet, Finding Neverland), and the newly released adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law, Sherlock Holmes) to the 20th century forests of Belarus in World War II (Daniel Craig, Defiance). More than 30 actors will be represented from some 25 films known in the trade and appreciated by the public for the unequaled quality of the construction and faithfulness to the period of the costumes represented. There will be 40 costumes in all – all made by the renowned British costumer, Cosprop Ltd. Many of the costumes in this beautiful selection have won major film awards including Oscars from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and BAFTA Awards from the British Association of Film and Television Awards. As these awards testify, costume is the essential ingredient to the authenticity of a period film. Costumes set the scene, providing information about where and when the drama is taking place, and introducing characters by giving clues about their status, age, class and wealth as well as their position in the story. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Venetian upper class 18th-century silk brocade coat of Heath Ledger (Casanova) verses the distressed leather jacket worn by Daniel Craig (Defiance) while hiding from the Nazis in World War II. Costumes created for period films must not only stand the test of time, but also the test of scrutiny. When a camera zooms in for a close-up every hand-created detail must look authentic and perfectly executed. This exhibition allows us to get closer to the stories portrayed on screen and to appreciate the quality of the costumes up close, sometimes only fleetingly glanced on the screen.