Sunday, 20 February 2011

Prince of Persia on display

The 19th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design is taking place at the FIDM Museum and Gallery in LA, running from 8 February to 30 April. While it may present costumes from Inception, The King's Speech, The Kids Are All Right and many more but obviously what makes the exhibition are the costumes of Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton from The Prince of Persia. Here's a taster of what people will be able to see, from an earlier exhibition at the ArcLight.

Clearly, some costumes are more scene stealing than others while, much, much rarer, there are the very few occasions when a movie's clothes become iconic. Not just for representing a type of character but, in the rarest of occasions, individual characters. This is the finest example I can think of.

Jake's worn a fair few costumes over the past, cowboy, soldier, miner, and he's covered the full gamut of recent decades. I did a full run down of his filmatic disguises back in 2008, although now, of course we can add the prisoner of Brothers, the Persian medieval prince, the 1990s' drugs rep and airforce pilot..

Of course, the pressing point now, is what will Jake be wearing next?

Includes pictures from MMM.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful - a Jake filmography through costumes! It really displays how diverse his roles have been through the years. But i have to ask: where is the green eyeshade he wore in Highway? :)


Wet Dark and Wild said...

Ooh yes, Susan, you're right! Jake has indeed been a Piilot before!

mermon said...

And a Halloween costume from Donnie Darko? :)
When I looked at the Dastan costume on mannequin - hm, it's not the same. The body makes the difference.
Two shirts are always touching, though they look better hidden in the closet, than in the full light.

Wet Dark and Wild said...

Hi Mermon! The Halloween costume isn't from a job so it didn't fit the category here. Love the shirts video :)

Alejandra said...

Hello, WDW ad fellow readers! I don't enjoy commenting on comments but... Mermon, guess you accidentally punched me in the stomach. :-P Shirts like those don't look better hidden in the closet. If you know what I mean. ;-)

I went to a costumes exhibition here in Buenos Aires not long ago. And I behaved. Not sure I would if I had Dastan's wardrobe in front of me. Just saying. :-)

Wet Dark and Wild said...

Hey Alejandra :) I don't think it was meant like that but I can see why it would give a kick. Everything about those shirts demands to be seen in the daylight.

I've been to see costume exhibitions at the wonderful Victoria and Albert museum in London over the years. I really enjoy them. In Oxford we have Lawrence of Arabia's robes. I quite often go and take a peek. Ithink the PoP costumes are beautiful.

I hope everyone's had a great weekend. I've spent most of it offline so I need to catch up :)

Alejandra said...

I know Mermon didn't mean it in a bad way. And I tried my best too to communicate my thoughts cause -both in her case and mine- English is not our first language. It can get tricky. But I had to say something. ;-)

From my previous comment... I should add that I would hug Dastan's clothes... but I would try to steal Tamina's. She and Cherita Chen are my absolute favourite female characters from aaaalll of Jake's movies.

Wet Dark and Wild said...

It always amazes me how so many people comment here in a language not their first, Alejandra - I couldn't do it. It's amazing and I'm grateful that readers go to do much trouble to comment :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the wonderful videos. I would love to see those shirts in person.


mermon said...

@Alejandra - I got your point :)
Shirts in the closet, but to be seen - my point.
Rush to work, have a great Monday everybody!

Wet Dark and Wild said...

Morning all! What a day - weather for ducks...

Thanks Sweetpea!

Morning Mermon :)

Have a great day everyone - although it's Monday....

paulh said...

To me, the most poignant item of costuming for Jake was Ennis's shirt in "Brokeback Mountain." That was such an incredibly important piece of clothing in that movie.

Jake's character wore some nice suits in "Love and Other Drugs," but he also wore *no* clothing at all in a number of scenes. ;-)

BBMISwear said...

How fun to look at the past "costumes" (and interesting characters he played)! And I can't stop wondering, like many here, what is next?!

I went to the Autry with my L.A. Partner-in-crime when I was there in November and it's hard to put into words the feeling we got when we stood in front of those shirts. We stayed for a while - just taking it all in - it was very moving. Our eyes did not stay dry. I highly recommend it to any fan of BBM if they find themselves in L.A. *sigh*

Thanks for the post, WDW! Excitement builds for the LAOD blu-ray/DVD and premiere of SC! Can't wait!


Wet Dark and Wild said...

Hi Paul! That was an incredible moment - I've seen nothing that powerful in a movie before or since.

I rather like that LAOD look too!

That's so great you saw them, BBMISwear :-) It would be great if they could travel abroad sometime. Yes!

I've been unable to write a post this evening so I'll make up for it tomorrow :) Have a good evening!