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Nadoolman Landis: COSTUMES
HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IMPORTANT IN THE HISTORY OF THE MOVIES BECAUSE MOVIES
ARE ABOUT PEOPLE, AND MOVIES
ARE INCREDIBLY EMOTIONAL. I STARTED THINKING
ABOUT THE BEST WAY TO REALLY EDUCATE THE GENERAL
PUBLIC AND THE INDUSTRY ABOUT COSTUME DESIGNERS’
CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMATIC STORYTELLING. I WANTED TO GET AWAY FROM THE WAX-DUMMY FEEL
OF MADAME TUSSAUDS. NOT A COSTUME EXHIBITION, WHERE EVERYBODY’S ALL LINED UP
LIKE THE ROCKETTES, AND NOT A FASHION SHOW
WHERE EVERYONE IS BLANK, AND IT’S JUST ABOUT THE CLOTHES. IT WASN’T ENOUGH
TO SHOW JUST THE CLOTHES, AND THAT’S REALLY WHEN I SHIFTED
FROM THINKING ABOUT COSTUMES TO THINKING ABOUT MOVIES. MOVIES ARE NOT ABOUT FASHION
OR FASHION DESIGN. IT’S ABOUT THE CLOSET AND THE IDENTITY OF EACH AND
EVERY INDIVIDUAL IN THE MOVIE. IT’S A COSTUME DESIGNER’S JOB
TO READ A STORY AND FIND OUT WHO THE PEOPLE ARE, AND SO IT’S THE COSTUME DESIGNER WHO’S REALLY THE FACILITATOR
FOR THE FILMMAKERS TO HELP CREATE THESE PEOPLE AND HELP THE AUDIENCE
CARE ABOUT THEM. HOW CAN I PUT TOGETHER
A COSTUME EXHIBITION USING CLOTHES TO TELL THE STORY
OF THE MOVIES? AND THE IDEA
THAT I FINALLY CAME UP WITH WAS TO CREATE A NEW PRODUCTION, AND THE NEW PRODUCTION
WOULD BE “HOLLYWOOD COSTUME.” AND I WROTE THE SCRIPT
IN THREE ACTS, AND THEN I RECAST
ALL OF THESE CHARACTERS FROM ALL OF THESE MOVIES
IN NEW ROLES IN THE “HOLLYWOOD COSTUME”
EXHIBITION. SO I CREATED A NEW REASON
FOR THEM TO BE. NOT ONLY IS IT YEARS
IN THE MAKING, BUT IT TOOK A HUGE STAFF OF TEXTILE CONSERVATORS
AND EXHIBITION ASSISTANTS. I HAD A FANTASTIC COMPOSER,
JULIAN SCOTT, WHO CREATED THE SCORE
FOR THE EXHIBITION. SO, THIS PRODUCTION REALLY HAD
A CREW OF HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE THAT ARE BRINGING IT TOGETHER
FOR OUR LOS ANGELES PUBLIC. WHEN YOU FIRST
COME IN THE EXHIBITION, IT’S LIKE WALKING INTO A ROOM
WITH THE ACTORS IN THE CLOTHES, UNAGED, AT THAT MOMENT IN TIME. AND I THINK WHAT’S REMARKABLE
ABOUT THE SHOW, AMONG THE MANY
REMARKABLE THINGS, IS HOW MANY DESIGNERS,
FILMMAKERS, AND ACTORS ARE SHOWN
SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS, DOING SO MANY
DIFFERENT KINDS OF FILMS. I THINK THAT
IT WILL TAKE OUR VISITORS TIME TO ABSORB EVERYTHING
IN THOSE GALLERIES, AND I KNOW THAT PEOPLE
ARE GONNA PLAN TO COME BACK. THE GREATEST MOVIES
BRING YOU BACK TO THE MOMENT
WHEN YOU FIRST SAW THEM. THAT’S MAGIC.

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