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British COSTUME DESIGN spotlighted

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Finally, an exhibition for those of us who care who wins the Academy Award for best costume design. Cut! Costume and the Cinemaputs 43 examples of the best of British costume design in the spotlight. Here’s a dazzling sampling of what you’ll discover at the Glenbow, all custom-fit for some very famous female forms.

From left to right:

Ever After – This Renaissance-themed gown made Angelica Huston’s evil stepmother an attractive adversary to Drew Barrymore’s updated Cinderella.  Designer: Jenny Beavan.

Sense and Sensibility – A simple day dress, made from cotton muslin instead of silk, highlights the reduced circumstances of Kate Winslet’s Marianne. Designers: John Bright and Jenny Beavan.

The Phantom of the Opera – Worn by Emmy Rossum, this ballgown was one of 300 costumes hand made to meet director Joel Schumacher’s high fashion standards. Designer: Alexandra Byrne.

The Duchess – A military-style day ensemble helped Keira Knightley channel 18th-century iconoclast Georgiana Cavendish and earned its designer the 2008 Oscar. Designer: Michael O’Connor.

Finding Neverland – Kate Winslet’s dressing gown, inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement, is one of exhibition co-curator Nancy Lawson’s favorite pieces. Designer: Alexandra Byrne.

Cut! Costume and the Cinema. Until Sept. 28. Glenbow Museum, 130 9th Ave. S.E., 403-268-4100. glenbow.org.  — Story courtesy of Shelley Youngblut

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