CUT!

Costume and the Cinema

November 18 - February 19, 2017

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Discover the glamour and artistry of cinematic couture, delight in sumptuous fabrics and unparalleled embroidery, and bask in the allure of famous film stars.

This exciting exhibition includes 43 period costumes from 26 films, depicting five centuries of history, drama, and comedy. An experience like no other awaits visitors as they discover the glamour and artistry of cinematic couture, delight in sumptuous fabrics and unparalleled embroidery, and bask in the allure of famous film stars. The amazing costumes in this exhibition come from a collection of more than 100,000 costumes and accessories made by the renowned British costumer, Cosprop Ltd.

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Frank Baker of the Media Literacy Clearinghouse has created a teacher guide for the exhibition.

Presented by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London England

This project is supported by a Connected Communities grant from Central Carolina Community Foundation.

Image above: Still from The Duchess, 2008. Ralph Fiennes as the Duke, Hayley Attwell as Bess Foster, and Keira Knightley as Georgiana.

From the Exhibition

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Costume for Lara Flynn Boyle as First Lady

Land of the Blind (2006)

Costume for Lara Flynn Boyle as First Lady

Land of the Blind (2006)

Unspecified time and place

Directed by Robert Edwards

Costume Design by Phoebe de Gaye

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Costume for Heath Ledger as Giacomo Casanova

Casanova (2005)

Costume for Heath Ledger as Giacomo Casanova

Casanova (2005)

Set in Venice, mid-1700s

Directed by Lasse Hallström

Costume Design by Jenny Beavan

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Costume for Angelica Huston as the Baroness Rodmilla De Ghent (the wicked step-mother)

Ever After (1998)

Costume for Angelica Huston as the Baroness Rodmilla De Ghent (the wicked step-mother)

Ever After (1998)

Set 1510-1518

Directed by Andy Tennant

Costume Design by Jenny Beavan

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Costume for Keira Knightley as Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

The Duchess (2008)

Costume for Keira Knightley as Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

The Duchess (2008)

Set in England, 1774–1784

Directed by Saul Dibb

Costume Design by Michael O’Connor

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Costume for Kate Winslet as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies

Finding Neverland (2004)

Costume for Kate Winslet as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies

Finding Neverland (2004)

Set in London, 1903

Directed by Marc Forster

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Costume for Colin Farrell as Captain John Smith

The New World (2006)

Costume for Colin Farrell as Captain John Smith

The New World (2006)

Film opens in Virginia, 1607

Directed by Terrence Malick

Costume Design by Jacqueline West

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Costume for Emmy Rossum as Christine

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

Costume for Emmy Rossum as Christine

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

Set in Paris, 1870

Directed by Joel Schumacher

Costume Design by Alexandra Byrne

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Costume for Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Costume for Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Set in the 18th century

Directed by Gore Verbinski

Costume Design by Penny Rose

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1700's corset and pannier

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1700's corset and pannier

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Art Break: Mark Cooper on Gender and Film

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Recorded January 24, 2017, at the Columbia Museum of Art.

Inspired by the film costumes featured in CUT! Costume and the Cinema, Mark Cooper, director and professor of film and media sudies at the University of South Carolina, lectures on the role of gender in film and how it can both reinforce and subvert these ideas.

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Art in Stitches

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CUT! Costume and the Cinema at the Columbia Museum of Art

by Susan Lenz, a full time, professional studio artist in Columbia, South Carolina

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Susan Lenz on Buttons

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CUT! Costume and The Cinema will be on view for three and a half more weeks! To celebrate, we asked local embroidery and fiber artist Susan Lenz to talk about some of her favorite things about costume design. In this clip, she talks about everyone's favorite fashionable fastener, the button.

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ArtBreak: Julie Hubbert on Sonic Authenticity in Period Film

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Recorded Tuesday, December 13, 2016

In honor of our current exhibition CUT! Costume and the Cinema, Julie Hubbert, professor of Music History Studies and Film and Media Studies at the University of South Carolina, discusses sonic authenticity in period film, focusing on Sofia Coppola's 2006 film Marie Antoinette.

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Artist Salon: Costume Designer Jean Lomasto

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Jean Lomasto is a costume designer living in Columbia, SC who has worked fro Trustus theater, USC Opera, Juilliard and many others. Listen to her talk about CUT! Costume and the Cinema here at the CMA from December 2.

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Catherine Walworth and Susan Felleman Discuss Costume and the Cinema

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In honor of the opening of CUT! Costume and the Cinema, CMA Curator Catherine Walworth talks art, costumes, modernism, and period films with USC art history instructor and author Susan Felleman.

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The CMA would like to thank the following sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

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  • Hannah and Ron Rogers

Grantors

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Supporting Sponsors

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  • Dr. Suzan D. Boyd and Mr. M. Edward Sellers
  • Governor and Mrs. James H. Hodges

Media Sponsors

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Lipscomb Sponsors

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  • Marcia and Allen Montgomery

Friend Sponsors

  • Jamie and Dick Harpootlian
  • Dr. Carolyn Kressler-Greenberg and Dr. Stanley H. Greenberg
  • Dr. and Mrs. David L. Kulbersh
  • Mrs. Dorothy A. Poston

Patron Sponsors

  • Mr. and Mrs. Gayle O. Averyt
  • Mary and Clinch Belser
  • Jessica Kross
  • Hugh and Evon McAngus
  • Ms. Margo Newton and Mr. Thomas E. Collins
  • James and Kirkland Smith
  • John C. and Joanna S. Stuart