Film & TV Costume Design Students Prepare for Costume Designers Guild Exhibit on January 25
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Film & TV Costume Design Students Prepare for Costume Designers Guild Exhibit on January 25

In celebration of the upcoming 22nd Costume Designers Guild (CDG) Awards and Costume Designer Michael Kaplan's Lifetime Achievement Award, FIDM Film & TV Costume Design students are creating costumes inspired by the 1985 film Clue for the opening exhibit, “Movie Night,” at the CDG on Sunday, January 25. The show will remain at the CDG in Burbank for two months before it returns to FIDM for mounting as a window display on the Los Angeles campus.

The New Yorker mentioned Michael Kaplan in their December 18th article by Rachel Syme, "The Curious Case of Chris Evans's Sweater in Knives Out," saying ,"He recently got a call from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, in Los Angeles, which will be honoring his career with a special exhibition in 2020. Each one of the students at FIDM has to design a new costume inspired by one of his projects; he thought they would choose Fight Club or perhaps Blade Runner. Instead, they chose Clue, which tickled him."

Jacqueline SaintAnne, Creative Director of FIDM’s Film & TV Costume Design program, said, "Three disciplines—Costume Design, Costume Illustration, and Studio Design—are accessed by students to create a costume exhibit honoring and emulating the design process of Michael Kaplan, the winner of the Costume Designers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award."

The exhibit will display the design, illustration, and creation of costumes from the film Clue and will be presented in the style of steampunk.

The Film & TV Costume Design Students drew from a top hat to choose their Clue character: Mingo drew Professor Plum; Maddy Parker, Mrs. White; Molly Wilcox, Colonel Mustard; Taylor Tuominen, Mr. Green; Kendra Raymond, Miss Scarlet; Bailey Johnson, Mrs. Peacock.

Hosted by Mindy Kaling, the 22nd Costume Designers Guild Awards will take place on January 28, 2020, at the Beverly Hilton. The annual ceremony celebrates excellence in film, television, and short form Costume Design.

J.J. Abrams will present the CDG Lifetime Achievement Award to Michael Kaplan at the ceremony. Kaplan has collaborated with Abrams since Star Trek in 2009, designing for Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi and the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

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