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I’ve seen a lot of people complaining about Fantastic Beasts winning an Academy Award when none of the Harry Potter films ever did. And to that I say, “Really?”

We’re specifically talking about an Academy Award for Costume Design. For the most part, the HP films left the characters in their student robes. Simple and efficient, but nothing to really write home about. You have a couple exceptions of great costumes (The Yule Ball costumes, Dumbledore & McGonagall’s robes, etc), but for the most part we had student robes for 7 movies, and whole bunch of clothes off the rack from the Gap.

On the other hand, Fantastic Beasts is a 1920′s period piece with THOUSANDS of extras that all had to be outfitted in period appropriate wear). In an interview recently she talked about the usual rental studios not having enough 20′s apparel for their needs so she sent people scouring the globe to collect them. In addition to that, you have the gorgeous work on things like Graves’ coat, Picquery’s Phoenix dress and headdress, and Queenie’s coat, that was hand woven out of 30,000 feet of silk thread.

AND THEN THERE’S THE INTERNATIONAL CONFEDERATION OF WIZARDS SCENE, WHICH DESERVED THE OSCAR ALL ON ITS OWN

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La La Land (2016)

Directed by Damien Chazelle

Cinematography by Linus Sandgren

Fantastic Beasts won Best Production Design at the BAFTAs!

Originally posted by elenarinya

Nothing about that gif pertains to the announcement. I just always like that moment.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Directed by David Yates

Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot

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Rogue One (2016)

Directed by Gareth Edwards

Cinematography by Greig Fraser

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One of our strongest (and certainly most beautiful) collecting areas focuses on costume design, specifically for Broadway and for the various Paris music halls.  

The heart of our costume design collections are the papers of Freddy Wittop (b.1911- d.2001).  Wittop designed for many venues, including the Folies Bergère.  Our collections of Wittop’s designs include not only an extensive holding of his original design artwork, but also his sketchbooks and slides of designs and productions, research material, awards, playbills, and genuine costumes from several of Wittop’s productions.

Beyond the Wittop materials, our extensive Paris Music Hall collection encompasses over 6,000 original renderings of costume designs and 1,000 original renderings of curtain designs from the fabulous music halls of Paris from the first decades of the 20th century.  Included in this collection are original designs from such eminent designers such as Erté, Serge Kojan, Alex Shanks, José Zamora, and Zig, as well as more materials from Freddy Wittop.

Both the Freddy Wittop collection (MS2727) and the Paris Music Hall collection (MS714) are open for research and study.  The designs featured with this post are both from the Freddy Wittop collection.

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“SMART IDEAS ARE FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN SMART TECHNOLOGY”

Max Lamb, product and furniture designer (mentor for the Lexus Design Award 2016)

Max Lamb is a product and furniture designer who explores both traditional and unconventional materials and processes at his workshop-based design practice. His extensive knowledge of manufacturing techniques stems from his childhood in Cornwall, England, where he engaged with various materials in the physical landscape. Currently Lamb teaches at the Royal College of Art in London and holds regular design workshops around the world.

Pictured Works
> Planks shelving (top); peg-and-hole adjustment system for Planks shelving (left bottom)