LOS ANGELES -- If Cinderella's gown took your breath away, you can see for yourself why it's an Oscar best costume design nominee - with all three miles of its fabric. It's just one of the costumes on display at the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles.
This free exhibit shows you what the actors actually wore in the movies. For this 24th annual event, there are 100 costumes from 23 films on display.
"A lot of times they say the best costume designer does the best work when you as a viewer don't even notice it," said Nick Verreos from the FIDM museum.
He added that the style of costumes on display is quite varied.
"A lot of people when they think costumes, they think Marie Antoinette or Cinderella, they don't think of jeans and sweatshirts and 'Straight Outta Compton' Raiders hoodies," Verreos said.
Designer Jacqueline West is nominated for "The Revenant," and she revealed her director, Alejandro Inarritu, gave her a pair of waders and boots.
"He said, 'Jacqueline, I wanted you to stand in this river and feel how the actors are going to feel,'" said West. "You would be informed how you're going to have to keep them warm in these costumes."
Paco Delgado is nominated for "The Danish Girl."
"I like to think about myself as a person who is helping tell a story," said Delgado. "I call myself a costume designer, but I think costumes have to help the story be unraveled."
Other costumes in the exhibit include the Oscar-nominated designs from "Mad Max: Fury Road," and "Carol."
The FIDM museum exhibition is open through April 30. For more information, visit fidmmuseum.org.
Costume exhibit at FIDM features clothes from Oscar-nominated films
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