A new exhibit at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio takes a look at the critical role that costumes have in the success of any period film. They set the scene and establish authenticity and ambience. They also reveal clues about a character’s status, age, class and wealth, in addition to his or her role in the story. The exhibit "CUT! Costume and the Cinema" takes an in-depth look at the art of making costumes through the renowned British costumer Cosprop Ltd.
The "CUT! Costume and the Cinema" exhibit at McNay — Photo courtesy of Nick Verreos
The films represented in the exhibition depict an exciting five centuries of history, drama and comedy, with more than 40 period costumes worn by film stars Sandra Bullock, Daniel Craig, Johnny Depp, Ralph Fiennes, Angelica Huston, Keira Knightley, Uma Thurman, Kate Winslet and many others.
In all, more than 30 actors from 27 films - including Sherlock Holmes; Academy Award-winner The Duchess; and perennial favorites Pirates of the Caribbean, Sense and Sensibility and The Phantom of the Opera - are featured.
Costumes created for period films must not only withstand the test of time, but must also stand up to intense visual scrutiny. When a camera zooms in for a close-up, every hand-created detail must look authentic and perfectly executed.
This McNay Art presentation allows the viewer to get close to the stories portrayed on screen and to appreciate the fine details that often get only a fleeting glance on the screen.
The "CUT! Costume and Cinema" exhibit will run through January 19, 2014.