Monday, January 16, 2017

Hidden Figures movie costumes on display...

You can tell it's award season in L.A. when a constant flow of movie costume exhibits continue to grace local cinemas to garner support and enthusiasm for award winners and potential nominees, like with this fab costume exhibit for Hidden Figures. The biopic is based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly and tells the true story of the black women working at NASA providing essential mathematical data that helped with astronaut John Glenn's Project Mercury space mission in 1962.

Original film costumes from Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures movie costume exhibit
Octavia Spencer Hidden Figures movie costume
Taraji P Henson Hidden Figures film costume
Janelle Monae Hidden Figures movie costume
Hidden Figures film costumes
These costumes worn by Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monáe and designed by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus for the movie were photographed on display at ArcLight Hollywood cinema on January 14, 2017.

Hidden Figures movie billboard
Hidden Figures movie billboard
In the movie Taraji P. Henson plays 'Katherine Johnson', a mathematical genius and widowed mother of three who works in the segregated West Area Computers division with her female colleagues at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

Katherine Johnson costume worn by Taraji P. Henson
in Hidden Figures
Taraji P Henson Hidden Figures Katherine Johnson film costume
Hidden Figures Katherine Johnson dress
Taraji P Henson Hidden Figures Katherine Johnson costume
As a human 'computer', she becomes the first African-American woman on the NASA team trying to work out the mathematical equations and trajectories to help the Americans beat the Russians into space, whilst battling against prejudice and sexism from her co-workers.

Dorothy Vaughan costume worn by Octavia Spencer
in Hidden Figures
Octavia Spencer Hidden Figures Dorothy Vaughan film costume
Hidden Figures Dorothy Vaughan costume brooch
Octavia Spencer Hidden Figures Dorothy Vaughan movie costume
Octavia Spencer plays 'Dorothy Vaughan', an informal supervisor of the Computers division, who feels she should be promoted, paid equally for her work and not discriminated against for the colour of her skin. She also realises that with the installation of a massive IBM computer that technology will soon change the way her team of female 'computers' work, making them obsolete if they don't learn new skills, like FORTRAN how to use the IBM machine.

Mary Jackson costume worn by Janelle Monáe
in Hidden Figures
Janelle Monáe Hidden Figures Mary Jackson film costume
Mary Jackson Hidden Figures movie costume
Hidden Figures Mary Jackson costume glove
Janelle Monáe Hidden Figures Mary Jackson movie costume
Janelle Monáe stars as aspiring engineer 'Mary Jackson', who challenges state laws and fights the system of all-white education to attend night classes to get her engineering degree.

If you like these outfits and are interested in films about the Civil Rights movement and racial inequality, you may also want to check out these movie costumes from Selma and these Loving film costumes on display.

With the current state of the world and U.S. politics, there's never been a better time for a historical film about female and racial empowerment and equality, and this was one of my favourite films of 2016 (I saw it on New Year's Eve).

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Hidden Figures movie costume exhibit 
UPDATED: Here's also a photograph of the costume exhibit moved to a different part of the cinema's foyer at the beginning of February, 2017.

Hidden Figures movie poster
Hidden Figures movie poster
Learn more about the true story: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

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