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Sharing our love of Movie Costume Exhibits, we're set up a new corner of our web just for costume exhibit pictures and reviews.  We hope that these will help you with your costume studies.

Quick Index

bulletCostume Exhibit Currently Running
bulletCostume Exhibits in Los Angeles
bulletRecent Exhibits
bulletOther Current Exhibits
bulletIndex of Costume Exhibit Photos & Reviews Here
bulletMore costume research
bulletCostume Exhibit News & Galleries Elsewhere
bullet List of Movie Costume Research Sites



Costume Exhibits Currently running in Los Angeles

Limited term

D23 Presents Treasure of the Walt Disney Archives

At 12,000 square feet, this is the largest exhibition ever curated by the Walt Disney Archives and the largest temporary exhibit ever housed at the Reagan Library. From Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse to Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain America, the exhibition features more than 500 artifacts from nearly nine decades of Disney history – over 50% of which have never been seen by the public – including models, props, costumes, set pieces and artwork from throughout Disney history.

Among the extraordinary Disney collectibles to be featured are:

Breathtaking props, costumes, and set pieces from recent Disney classics, including the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, TRON: Legacy, National Treasure, and Captain America;

Props from classic Disney live-action productions, including Mary Poppins, 20,0000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Shaggy Dog, Babes in Toyland, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and more;

The original script, written by Walt Disney, for Mickey Mouse’s first cartoon, Steamboat Willie;

A faithful recreation of Walt’s formal office from the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif., including original furnishings and many of his personal items;

Hand-drawn artwork and hand-sculpted models used in the production of some of the most beloved Disney animated film classics ever created, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, and Sleeping Beauty;

bulletInfo:  or <here>
bulletJuly 6, 2012 through April 30, 2013
bullet10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
bulletTickets can be purchased in advance.  Adults $21, Senior $18, Youth $15
bulletThe Reagan Library
bullet40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley
bulletNon-flash photography allowed

Costume Exhibit running regularly in LA

Arclight Cinema's Costume Exhibits

The Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood and Sherman Oaks  put up rotating displays of movie costumes and props from films they are currently showing.  The Arclight's website does not keep the costumes listed on the website... but if you sign up for their newsletter they often mention which costumes are there.... sometimes. 

Costumes are normally only there for a few weeks... but you get a close up look of some of the hottest media costumes out there.... and they allow photographs!   (Yea!)  Lighting varies from OK to really lousy.  Sometimes they are in cases, but some are not.  It's well worth bringing a small still cam that likes low light for some great one-time-chance shots.

bulletPlease share any pics with the whole group over on F-Costume .
bulletCheck out our pictures of other Arclight costume exhibits

The Hollywood Museum

See 10,000 showbiz treasures.  See costumes from the Elizabeth Taylor's "Cleopatra",  Marilyn Monroe’s "Let’s Make Love".  More dresses & costumes from actresses such as Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Mae West, Ella Fitzgerald, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Joan Crawford, Shirley MacClaine, Greer Garson, Sophia Loren, Susan Hayward, Dorothy Lamour,etc.  See props and costumes from both Planet of the Apes movies,  models from Jurassic Park, Moulin Rouge, Stargate and many more.

bulletInfo: or 323-464-7776
bulletWednesday - Sunday, 10am -5pm
bulletThe Hollywood Museum
bullet1660 N Highland Ave, Hollywood
bullet(The Max Factor Building 1/2 block south of Hollywood Blvd.)
bullet$15, $12 seniors and kids under 12

Coming later in the year for Los Angeles

Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design

Costumes from selected television shows will be displayed in this annual exhibition of television costume design.

bulletInfo:   for their website and their pics from past exhibits.
bullet When: July 31 – October 20, 2012
bullet10:00a.m. - 5:00p.m, Tuesday - Saturday
bulletFIDM Museum, 919 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
bulletFree to all.
bulletNo cameras allowed.

Recent Exhibits w/ pic links

Arclight Cinema's Costume Exhibits

The Archlight keeps rotating costumes exhibits.  There's not an exact date range for these exhibits.  Please check their website for current info. Cameras allowed.

Check out our pictures of Arclight costume exhibits.

Other Current & Future Costume Exhibits Highlights across the country

Find more movie costume exhibits at Maggie's Costumer's Guide Exhibit List

Dates and  pictures....


Fashion in Film

bullet36 costumes of recent films
bulletThis exhibit is traveling now though at least 2010



Star Wars Costume Exhibit

bulletLatest exhibit news
bulletMore information and photos



The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition

bulletLatest news
bulletExtra info and photos



Star Trek Exhibit

bulletLatest exhibit news
bulletLatest exhibit dates


bullet... and more

Costume Exhibit Reviews & Pictures Available Here:

Dressed in Colors: The Costumes - 2009


A salute to Technicolor in film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design - FIDM - annual


FIDM's exhibit of the year's movie costumes


Pictures for some years

Arclight Costume Exhibits - 2007


A select group of costumes from movies that opened at the Arclight Theater including Elizabeth: the Golden Era & Lust, Caution.

Fashion in Film - 2006


36 historic movie costumes as seen at Durham Western Heritage Museum, Omaha, NE

50 Designers / 50 Costumers - 2005


See the work of over 50 designers from Costume Designer's Guild


Looking for research for the costumes on a specific movie?  Try our Research Index

More Costume Exhibit News and Galleries Elsewhere

Lord of the Rings Exhibits - Alley Cat Scratch


Past, present and future - reviews and pictures

Star Wars Movie Costume Exhibitions - Padawan's Guide


Many pictures and links to more exhibit information


Also see FIDM on line exhibit pics

Costume Exhibit News and Gallery List - The Costumer's Guide


Fantasist source for future costuming exhibits and galleries of past exhibits.

Other Costuming events in the Los Angeles area

Movie Costume Study


Our  resource links to costume movies - groups and study galleries

If you have Movie Costume Exhibit pictures or Historical Exhibits that you'd like to share, please let us know.  Your pictures can find a home here to share with the rest of the community.

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