Thursday, August 31, 2017

Stranger Things season one costumes on display...

In 2016 the Duffer Brothers tapped into audiences fondness and nostalgia for the 80s with a sci-fi horror TV series that was a mashup of Steven Spielberg and Stephen King tropes, with a single mother, local sheriff and some plucky kids embarking an an adventure to rescue a missing son and friend, pitted against sinister supernatural forces and aided by a mysterious experiment. To say the original Netflix series has been a hit is an understatement, with season two arriving this Halloween.

Original costumes from Stranger Things
Stranger Things season 1 costume exhibit FIDM
Stranger Things season 1 kids costumes
Gaten Matarazzo Stranger Things Dustin costume
Stranger Things Dustin Henderson costume
Stranger Things Eleven costume
Stranger Things Will Byers costume
Stranger Things Will Byers costume
Stranger Things season 1 Joyce Jim costumes
Stranger Things Joyce Byers costume
Winona Ryder Stranger Things Joyce costume
David Harbour Stranger Things Jim Hopper costume
Stranger Things TV costumes
FIDM Alumna Kimberly Adams was Costume Designer on the 80s America set TV series, with help from Assistant Costume Designer Devyne Johnson and Costume Supervisor Cameron Doyle.

These debut season costumes worn by the cast, including Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo ('Dustin' is quite possibly my favourite character) and Noah Schnapp, were photographed on display at the 11th Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design exhibition at Downtown L.A.'s FIDM Museum on August 23, 2017.

Stranger Things 2017 Emmy nominations billboard
Stranger Things 2017 Emmy billboard

Monday, August 28, 2017

Emmy-nominated costumes from The Crown on display...

If like me you enjoyed Netflix's historical period drama, The Crown, then you'll love taking a closer look at some of the lavish costumes recreated to match some of the iconic looks worn by a young 'Queen Elizabeth II' and other members of her family. The first season of Peter Morgan's biographical drama covers the period from her Majesty's wedding in 1947 to the events up to 1955, including her coronation.

Emmy-nominated costumes from The Crown
at FIDM Museum L.A.
Crown season 1 costumes FIDM Museum LA
Crown season 1 costumes
Crown TV costumes
The Crown season 1 costumes
The Crown TV costumes
The show scored thirteen Emmy nominations for its debut season including a nod for Outstanding Period/Fantasy Costumes for Costume Designer Michele Clapton, Assistant Costume Designer Alex Fordham, Assistant Costume Designer Emma O'Loughlin and Costume Supervisor Kate O'Farrell.

The Crown 2017 Emmy nominee billboard
Crown 2017 Emmy nominee billboard
This collection of five costumes from the series greeted visitors to the 11th Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design exhibit at Downtown L.A.'s FIDM Museum on August 23, 2017.

Replica Princess Elizabeth Wedding Dress
worn by Claire Foy in The Crown
Princess Elizabeth Wedding Dress Crown
Princess Elizabeth Wedding Dress The Crown
Crown Princess Elizabeth Wedding Dress
Crown Princess Elizabeth Wedding Dress
Crown Elizabeth Wedding Dress
Crown Elizabeth Wedding Dress embroidery detail
Crown Princess Elizabeth Wedding Dress train
Crown Elizabeth Wedding Dress train
Claire Foy wonderfully portrays Queen Elizabeth II in the early part of her reign and earned the actress a Golden Globe win and an Emmy nomination for Lead Actress. The future queen wears this wedding dress when she married 'Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh' (played by Matt Smith) on 20 November, 1947.

This recreation of Norman Hartnell's wedding gown featured a 15ft star-patterned train inspired by the famous Botticelli Renaissance painting of Primavera, symbolising rebirth and growth after WWII.

Ballgown worn by Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth
in The Crown
Claire Foy Crown Queen Elizabeth ballgown
Crown Queen Elizabeth ballgown
Queen Elizabeth Crown ballgown
Queen Elizabeth The Crown ballgown
Queen Elizabeth ballgown The Crown season 1
This turquoise ballgown was another costume designed to resemble a look from the Queen's early reign, complete with fur stole and replica tiara.

World Tour costume worn by Claire Foy
as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown
Queen Elizabeth Crown World Tour costume
Queen Elizabeth Crown World Tour outfit
Queen Elizabeth Crown World Tour costume
Elizabeth Crown World Tour costume
The Crown is one of Netflix's most expensive series to date, with each episode costing over $10 million to make, but aside from the lavish sets and abundance of actors to make history seem real, you can see where the money was well spent with these formal, state visit and ceremonial costumes.

Costume worn by Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret
in The Crown
Vanessa Kirby Crown Margaret costume
Vanessa Kirby Crown Princess Margaret dress
Vanessa Kirby Crown Margaret season 1 costume
Crown Princess Margaret costume
Vanessa Kirby stars as the Queen's fun-loving younger sister, 'Princess Margaret', who is having a scandalous affair with 'Group Captain Peter Townsend' (played by Ben Miles).

Costume worn by Alex Jennings as David Windsor
in The Crown
Alex Jennings The Crown David Windsor costume
Alex Jennings Crown David Windsor suit
Crown David Windsor costume
In the series Alex Jennings plays the Queen's disgraced uncle, 'David Windsor' aka the 'Duke of Windsor' and ex-'King Edward VIII', who abdicated from the throne of England to marry the twice-divorced American 'Wallis Simpson'.

Crown Jewels replica props used in The Crown
British Crown Jewels replicas The Crown
Crown Jewels replica props
Queen Elizabeth II Crown replica
Crown Sovereigns Orb replica prop
Crown Jewels TV replica props
Crown Jewels replica props FIDM Museum
Here's also a look at the convincing replica ceremonial crown jewels from Queen Elizabeth II's coronation on June 2, 1953, that were used in the show.

Fans of regal headdresses can also check out these crowns from The Princess Diaries 2 and these crowns from Assassin's Creed.

I can't wait to see just how many accolades this series receives when the winners are announced at the 69th Emmy Awards in September.

The Crown 2017 Emmy nominee billboard
Crown 2017 Emmy nominee billboard
Learn more with this book: The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1: Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill, and the Making of a Young Queen (1947-1955)

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