Movie costumes come to BYU’s new MOA exhibit

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Amy Adam's character, Delysia wears this blue dress in "Miss Pettigre Lives for a Day". The BYU Musuem of Art has this dress along with many others, in their new "CUT! Costume and Cinema" exhibit. (Photo courtesy CUT! Costume and Cinema)
Amy Adams’ character, Delysia, wears this blue dress in “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.” The BYU Museum of Art has this dress, along with many others, in its new “CUT! Costume and Cinema” exhibit. (Courtesy CUT! Costume and Cinema)

BYU’s Museum of Art (MOA) will be hosting a new exhibit featuring movie costumes worn by world-famous actors such as Robert Downey Jr., Keira Knightley, Scarlett Johansson and others beginning July 11.

The exhibit, called “CUT! Costume and the Cinema,” features 40 time-period-specific costumes that were featured in 27 films. They represent five centuries of fashion history, from 1510 Renaissance court attire to 1943 WWII Russian resistance uniforms.

“You can come here and see the opulence of other times,” said Nancy Lawson, a curator of the exhibition.

Films represented in the exhibit include the Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design, “The Duchess,” and other well-known titles such as “Sherlock Holmes,” “Sense and Sensibility” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Costumes worn by Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Craig, Colin Farrell, Kate Winslet, Sandra Bullock and Uma Thurman are also featured in the exhibit.

Johnny Depps's character, Jack Sparrow wears this costume in "Pirates of the Caribbean". The BYU Musuem of Art has this dress along with many others, in their new "CUT! Costume and Cinema" exhibit. (Photo courtesy CUT! Costume and Cinema)
Johnny Depps’s character, Jack Sparrow, wears this costume in “Pirates of the Caribbean.” The BYU Musuem of Art has this costume, along with many others, in its new “CUT! Costume and Cinema” exhibit. (Courtesy CUT! Costume and Cinema)

“We want people to understand the importance of clothing and how it affects identity,” said Kalisha Grimsman, a museum educator. “I hope that people walk away understanding not only the design process behind this, but also how what we wear affects our identity of the time period that we’re from.”

A Hollywood-style red carpet night will be held on July 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. Attendees are invited to dress like movie stars, where they will be able to have their pictures taken on the red carpet.

Additionally, there will be a screening of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” in the MOA’s sculpture garden beginning at 9 p.m. The costume Johnny Depp used in the film is featured in the exhibit.

London costume house Cosprop Ltd., created the period costumes featured in the exhibit and has contributed costumes to 34 nominated films.

The exhibit is presented by Exhibits Development Group. It is free of charge and open to the general public. The exhibit will be on display until December 6.

Monday to Tuesday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Wednesday to Friday: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

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