Off To The FIDM Museum- The 26th Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition

Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition


oday we decided to get out of the house and make our annual pilgrimage to the 26th Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition at the FIDM Museum and enjoy the sunny weather in Downtown Los Angeles. First impressions? First, never visit this exhibit on a weekend (we really didn’t have a choice this time around)- the crowds were out in force and it was difficult viewing the various garments on exhibit or getting a clear shot at taking a picture.

Adam FIDM Museum

Your somewhat frustrated author outside of the exhibition- I really don’t do crowds.

That said, there were definitely some compelling garments to view…first up is The Phantom Thread, a film loosely (very loosely) based on the designer Charles James, whose designs capture fashion during the late 1940s and 50s:

Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread

The above pink gown is aesthetically pleasing, vaguely reminiscent of James’ evening gowns but not particularly exciting. The appliques on the skirt are fairly standard and are flat. The use of lace on the bodice and sleeves seem to obscure the dress lines, which are strongest part of the dress design. Here’s a picture of the gown in action:

Phantom Thread


However, on a more positive note is this black coat.

Phantom Thread

The A-line silhouette and cut on this coat are architectural, creating a series of clean, flowing lines lines. The use of black silk satin further emphasizes the lines of the coat, making for an exquisite package. What is especially remarkable is the construction of the sleeves and shoulders- the sleeve flows into the shoulder and a single unit (I’d love to see the pattern!). Unfortunately, the crowds prevented me from getting pictures from the rest of the collection so we’ll just leave it at. 😦

On a lighter note were these costumes from the Disney live-action version of Beauty and the Beast:

Beauty and the Beast

The dress for Belle, the heroine of the story, is a fairly standard Disney Prince sort of design and as such is a fairly conventional design. However, the outfit for the Beast, is striking in it’s sheer size (which makes sense since it’s being worn by a fairly large creature).

Beauty and the Beast

To get an idea of the sheer size, here’s a picture of the two protagonists together:

Image result for beauty and the beast

Next there were a few dresses from the 2017 re-make of The Beguiled, a movie set in 1864 during the American Civil War:

The Beguiled

The Beguiled

The Beguiled

Our reaction? Well, let’s just say that the effect was underwhelming. With a dull pastel toned color palette, the 1860s never looked more dull and it really doesn’t seem to fit with the setting of 1864 Virginia, a decidedly war-torn place. I’m just not sure about this.

And finally, just for fun here are some outfits from the most recent Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi:

Unfortunately, this year’s display was a bit of a disappointment. From an historical perspective, there wasn’t much out there and what was on display wasn’t particularly compelling. I hope next year’s exhibit is better and we’re definitely going to make a point to visit on a weekday.

Coming Up…The 26th Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition


Image result for academy awards best costume design


very year we make a point of hitting the Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition at the FIDM Museum and this year is no exception. Now in it’s 26th year, the exhibit features a selection of costumes from the year’s most popular films (in this case, 2017) to include Academy Award nominees for best costume design. We’ll be making a trek in the near future and we strongly urge anyone with an interest in costume to visit. For more details, follow the above hyperlinks. See you there! 🙂

Lily Absinthe Travels To Mescal…

Las Saturday, I had the opportunity to visit  Old Tucson Studio’s movie ranch at Mescal (aka Mescal) to do a photo shoot and otherwise participate in a gathering bringing together of those who either worked on the movie Tombstone or are “Tombstone enthusiasts.” Organized by my good friend Laurie Jagielo, this event honors both the movie and those who worked on making this iconic film. Located close to Benson, Arizona, Mescal is an 80 acre open movie ranch with a western town, various ranch buildings, and a lot of open space with no modern structures in the background. Over the years, Mescal has had a lot of westerns filmed here to include Tombstone and The Quick and the Dead. 🙂

Image result for tombstone movie

So without further ado, here are some pictures. First, there was the pre-event party (and birthday party for one of the participants) at Big Nose Kate’s in Tombstone:

First there was the dressing of the organizer herself, Ruby Whirlwind (aka my good friend Laurie Jagielo…here she is pausing for one quick moment before dashing off to her appointment:


And of course, myself. I decided to go “saloon girl” for the night. The proper historical look is a lot more covered up than what people expect: 🙂

First, the underpinnings…


And now the dress…


Getting ready for the evening’s festivities…

After dressing others, this is about as good as it was going to get for me. Yes, I actually stepped away form the sewing machines!

And for the festivities themselves, here we are! Can you see a common theme in the style colorway? 🙂


And even Doc Holliday (aka our good friend Stephen Keith) can cut up a bit…


And on to Mescal…

Mescal was beautiful and the weather was extremely cooperative. I haven’t been to Mescal in years but things for the most part hadn’t changed…well except that Herod’s house was completely destroyed (I wonder HOW that happened? 😉 ).


Here Doc Holliday takes in “his” town… 😉


And here I am, fresh off the stagecoach from Benson…here’s a better view of the saloon exterior:

Image result for mescal movie set bar

And now for a few of me… 🙂


Peter Sherayko and I…remember Texas Jack Vermillion from Tombstone? Part of the event was a special birthday celebration for him, hosted by Laurie as well.

Image result for texas jack vermillion tombstone


And one of me in the saloon…(Photograph by Guy Atchley)


Group Portrait (Photo by Guy Atchley)

And the group shot, I’m up towards the top in the right, next to Doc Holliday. The dress should be a giveaway. 🙂


And here’s me at the end of the day, back at No. 11…tired, but happy.


And to top off the day’s fun, a Jack Russell hug. ❤ Three days of very little sleep, my corset is the only thing keeping me vertical! Mescal is a fascinating place with a lot of movie history and I look forward to going back in the future. And that concludes my very busy week in Tombstone. See you down the trail! 🙂

Image result for tombstone movie

More On No. 11 On Film…

It’s been a crazy-busy week here at No. 11 in Tombstone so the blog posts have gotten a tad behind…but here’s some more about the TV production that was partially shot at No. 11. It’s for a production by Fox Latino called Run Coyote, Run which is due to air in 2017. According to one website, the series is about “two unlikely friends join forces to create a business in getting people through the US border” and No. 11 in Tombstone would be filling for Naco.


Getting Set Up

While we’ve worked on our share of film and television projects, this one is the first time we’ve been involved as a filming location. Horror stories abound of location shoots that have gone bad but what we experienced was quite the opposite and it was overall a pleasant experience. The entire crew was very professional and easy to work with and it event turned out that some of the crew members and ourselves had mutual friends- small world. Interestingly enough, the crew had a mix of Mexicans and Americans but everything seemed to work just fine.


Rigging The Lighting- The door to the right was replaced with a “stunt door.” 

Most of the filming involved exterior shots of the house, mostly at night, and while this presented no problem, we did have to work around a succession of rainstorms passing through Tombstone (great timing, that). The one major element was that one of the characters would be breaking the windows in a door in a drunken rage so the production crew replaced one of the front doors with a new one purchased at Lowe’s (everything was set right at the end to include clean-up). As things turned out, because of the delays caused by the rainstorms, they had to film part of a second evening so everything actually took two days from start to finish.


The “Stunt Door” from the outside.

While this experience was somewhat outside of our normal realm of fashion and history, it was still an interesting experience and we met some amazing people who we hope we can work work with in the future.


Another view of the bedroom and the “stunt door”…


Molly was not happy having her space invaded…


Equipment Everywhere…