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TV Costume Exhibit: Free at FIDM

Exquisite outfits from dozens of shows will go on display downtown.

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    A peek back at the 2015 "Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design" exhibition in the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. The 2016 show, which is free to see, opens on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

    Comic-Con International offers up a bevy of interesting visuals each year, including those building-wrapping, block-stretching, fan-laden queues.

    Those convention attenders are lining up to see big-name actors, movie sneak peeks, and, yes, panels built around hot television shows. In short? The small screen lives large in San Diego, year in and year out. And that a major, and majorly free, exhibit in LA always follows Comic-Con is the cherry atop the sundae for those TV buffs that can't get enough of their beloved series.

    It's the 10th Annual Art of Television Costume Design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, an August-into-September treat that coincides with Emmy season. The free-to-see exhibit is centered around dozens of outfits — over 100 in all, each year — that were recently seen on several TV shows.

    The 2016 exhibit, which opens on Tuesday, Aug. 2, will feature creatively constructed togs from "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "Empire," "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," "Agent Carter," "Black-ish," "Jane the Virgin," "Transparent," and "American Horror Story: Hotel."

    A number of featured series have received Emmy nominations for Costume Design, including "Roots" and "The Good Wife."

    What will you see? At least a few outfits are featured from each show, traditionally, with a number of stand-out or iconic ensembles appearing each year (iconic, of course, to the show's fandom).

    Beyond its popular admission-waived policy, do note that the FIDM exhibit is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, so plan your outing accordingly.

    And outfit, too, we suppose. If you're enamored of a period television series, or one that has a particular look, paying homage to that look via your own clothing is something to consider.

    After all, that is regularly practiced at Comic-Con by the fans. Why should you dress a bit period for "Outlander" or "Sherlock Holmes" when making for FIDM's TV fashion extravaganza?

    The 2016 dates are Tuesday, Aug. 2 through Saturday, Oct. 15. And do note that the gallery is closed over Labor Day Weekend.

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