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Costume Exhibit Features Watchmen

A select few of the Watchmen movie costumes have been on display before at press events and conventions leading up to the film's release, but for the first time nine of the movie's hero costumes will be on display in one place.

The 18th annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, California, which features more than 100 costumes from more than 20 movies released in 2009 — Watchmen being just one of them.

Each film is represented by anywhere from two to nearly 10 outfits. The unaltered clothes are showcased on spotlighted mannequins, displayed movie by movie in life-sized dioramas inside FIDM’s ground-floor gallery.

Watchmen Costume Exhibit in L.A.

The nine costumes from Watchmen, designed by Michael Wilkinson, include the hero suits of both Nite Owls and Silk Spectres, The Comedian, Ozymandias, Rorschach as well as original Minutemen Mothman and Silhouette.

Several of the films represented in this year’s exhibit have been nominated for Academy Awards for costume design or received nods in other categories, including The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Young Victoria, Bright Star, Nine and Inglorious Basterds.

In order to choose which costumes will have the honor of being included in the annual exhibit, the curators watch films throughout the year and track movies in trade journals to figure out which ones will make the biggest splash. They also make selections based on which costumes are accessible.

The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design is at the FIDM Museum & Galleries, 919 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, California, through April 17. The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Information at (213) 623-5821 or

2.15.10 Source: LA Downtown News

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