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August 02, 2012
Awards News

Costume Designers Kick Off Emmy Nominee Celebrations at FIDM Exhibit

Story and Photos: Primetime Emmy nominees for costume design from American Horror Story, Boardwalk Empire, more celebrate their nods and share stories at the stunning 6th Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition at FIDM in Los Angeles. Free to the public through October 28.

By Juliana J. Bolden • Photos: PictureGroup

Who would think that successful Hollywood costume and wardrobe pros have trouble finding what they're shopping for, just like any of us?

So says costume designer Eduardo Castro, who has created looks for tons of stars of shows from original 80s trendsetter Miami Vice to his often opulent, 2012 Primetime Emmy-nominated work for fairy tale redux Once Upon a Time.

"The fantasy stuff comes from my head," Castro explained, during a recent reception for all of this year's 64th Primetime Emmys costume design nominees, held at the 6th Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition preview party at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum & Galleries in Los Angeles, California.

His work for ABC series Once is one of several displays of authentic costumes from popular shows, worn by actual stars.

Castro draws his ideas for characters like the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) and Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin), then hands those illustrations over to his trusted workroom team and has "control" over how these creations are realized on the actors. Surprisingly however, finding the right present-day woman's skirt or some other piece of 2012 clothing for character Emma Stone (Jennifer Morrison), he shared, can be much trickier:

"Snow White? Fantastical! We make it. Done. It's there," he said. "Finding a modern jacket for Emma? It'll take weeks and days of searching."

Costume designers John Dunn and Lisa Padovani of Boardwalk Empire, Ruth Myers of telepic Hemingway and Gellhorn, and Chrisi Karvonides of American Horror Story were among the reception's honored Emmy Award nominees in attendance.

Along with their shows, museum visitors see the sparkle and craftsmanship of costumes from Game of Thrones, Smash, Sons of Anarchy, Downton Abbey and more. Esteemed designer Mary Rose is guest curator for this exhibit.

The 6th Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition is free to the public July 31 through October 28, 2012 at the FIDM Museum & Galleries: 919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90015. Public hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am to 5pm. Check the FIDM Museum website or call (213) 623-5821 for the most up to date information.

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