BYU Museum of Art is opening a new exhibition Friday that is the pirate's pajamas. Or at least, Capt. Jack Sparrow's breeches and doublet.
CUT! Costume and the Cinema will be on view at the BYUMOA through Dec. 6. The exhibit features forty period outfits that London-based Cosprop Ltd. created for dozens of period movies, including Pirates of the Caribbean, costume Academy Award-winner The Duchess, Sherlock Holmes, Sense and Sensibility and the appropriately over-the-top The Phantom of the Opera.
Jack Sparrow isn't only about the teeth.
A dress by designer Michael O’Connor wears Amy Adams in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008).
Exhibition designer Paul Anderson jokes, "It's the perfect cheap date night." In fact, admission is free. But Cut! is more than just a chance to see the incredible screen clothes the A-listers wore. The exhibit is a glimpse into history, visual art, culture and, of course, ageless fashion.
Nancy Lawson, Cosprop's exhibit curator explains that the custom designers study historical accounts, paintings and letters to get the details right. Often museum-quality fabrics or lace actually from the period are incorporated. (A Cosprop designer won an Emmy for Downton Abbey).
Curator Nancy Lawson with a star of The Duchess—just add Keira Knightley.
The meticulous, attention-to-detail approach is evident in a leather aviator's jacket created for Daniel Craig in the World War II film Defiance. Six versions of the jacket were produced, each weathered and aged with chemicals and mechanical techniques to show the passage of four years hiding in the forests of Belarus. "Of course, even the first version is weathered because he wore it as a aviator before he went into hiding," Lawson says.
Anyone who has even dreamed of flying a bomber (or riding a motorcycle) will lust after Daniel Craig's jacket.
Jacket in action.
Pocahontus, still your heart! Colin Farrell in The New World.
Note to BYU students: The world will be expecting a quantum leap in fashion on the Y campus in the coming months.