This sub web of Alley Cat Scratch is dedicated to sharing research pictures
from costume exhibits - both movie costumes and historical clothing exhibits.
Exhibit photographs provide views and angles of a costume that are never seen
in the movies. Most times the lighting is better. At an exhibit you
have time to study a costume and see it from head to toe. You see it
without the special effects and coloring. You see the seams, the tricks
and the details.
We are firm believers in preserving costumes in pictures. Many of these
are works of arts. Yet fabric does not last like stone. It
disintegrates. It is easily destroyed if not stored right.
Techniques to make the more elaborate outfits can be even more transitory and
began to disintegrate within a year. We support digitally preserving this
clothing for the future to study as well.
Movie costumes celebrate the art of the designer, the crafter and the
visionaries that created the movie. Yet they are a transitory art. A
movie is popular and adored this year... but next year the costumes scatter.
They end up on e-bay, going to the star, or just stuffed in a closet to be used
as extra bits in another show. Without these pictures, many details would
be lost. Studios consider these just "one more movie asset" in just "one
more movie". We try to preserve the art in our minds and these pictures
are part of that process.
When going to an exhibit, we encourage you to buy any exhibit books that
are released with an exhibit. These provide high quality pictures and much
detail that you will get no where else. Exhibit books are often published
only in limited quantities and not reprinted. Pick them up when you can.
Also look out for post cards in the gift shop.
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Do you have pictures that you've taken at a costume exhibit you'd like to
share with the costuming universe? We will also include costume sketches
We can provide them a home at Alley Cat Scratch. Write
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