A movie is made up of 158 different moving gears and parts and cogs, but there is one we as an audience are perennially drawn to: costumes.
Maybe it is because we too wear clothes? Perhaps. But we like to think that costumes are the achievable gateway into movie fantasy. We may never dangle from a helicopter or run from a monster on the lip of a volcano, but we can go to the fabric store and make ourselves an Alice in Wonderland dress and wear that about town, if we choose.
We love costumes, in short, which makes the annual movie costume display at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising very popular indeed. Alas, that just closed for another year, at the end of April, but the NBCUniversal Experience is coming through to dry our sartorial-based sniffles.
And those three flicks? "Les Misérables" (look for the frock worn by Anne Hathaway as well as other characters' ensembles), "Anna Karenina" (a sumptuous gown rocked by Keira Knightley), and Kristen Stewart's coronation dress from "Snow White and the Huntsman." Charlize Theron's queenly scepter is on display, too.
There are drawings and more in NBCUniversal Experience -- "Jaws" fans, take note, you'll see stuff from your favorite flick -- but that makes sense. The studio's archives extend back a century.
Costumes always have many of our hearts first, given that we, too, don clothing. Granted, we probably don't strut about in coronation gowns, but that's movie magic.