The glitz and glamour of Hollywood comes to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art beginning May 6 as the Museum presents the exclusive exhibition Sketch to Screen: The Art of Hollywood Costume Design on view through August 15. This original exhibition, organized by the Museum, explores the vital artistic contribution of costume design throughout the history of the American motion picture industry.
Sketch to Screen: The Art of Hollywood Costume Design consists of more than 85 original garments and accessories worn in films by some of Hollywood's brightest stars, including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn, Bette Davis, Charlton Heston and John Wayne. Film costumes worn by contemporary stars George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Russell Crowe, Kate Winslet, Robert DeNiro, Renee Zellweger and Johnny Depp are also represented in the exhibit.
Garments from various decades demonstrate the range of creativity and craftsmanship that costume designers use to construct film characters through clothing. The exhibition also tells this story through costume design sketches, wardrobe and film production photographs, documents, original film posters, and film clips. Sketch to Screen is organized in ten thematic sections relevant to both fashion and film conventions: Early Cinema, Femme Fatale, Gone with the Wind, Period Films, Women's Fashion, Musicals, Westerns, Comic Books & Animation, A Man's World, and Oscar® Winning Designs.
The exhibition highlights the contributions of the greatest costume designers from the Hollywood studio era, such as Walter Plunkett, Gilbert Adrian, Travis Banton, and Edith Head, while tracing the evolution of the often overlooked costume designer's role in contemporary films. Visitors can learn about the little known costume design process beginning with the film script, research, design sketches, materials selection and garment production, fittings with the actors, and screen tests, which is an altogether different process from designing every-day fashion.
Sketch to Screen: The Art of Hollywood Costume Design is organized by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and is co-curated by Brian Hearn, film curator, and Jennifer Klos, associate curator.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City's Arts District, at 415 Couch Drive. Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed on Monday and major holidays. For more information call (405) 236-3100 or visit www.okcmoa.com.