Halloween has long held sway over au courant, pop culture-current costuming. Meaning that if a major genre film debuted in the summer, we'd likely see the famous costumes from the flick at our autumntime parties.
But it isn't that way nowadays, thanks in part to cosplay and conventions like WonderCon and Comic-Con International. A huge film can debut at the holidays and fans will immediately begin to dress up as the characters, Halloween or not.
"Star Wars" buffs, your inspiration has arrived downtown, up-close and ready for you to admire. Outfits from "The Force Awakens" debuted as part of the larger The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design, the annual exhibit hosted by the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.
Costumes from several other notable movies can also be seen at the show, including "Straight Outta Compton," "The Danish Girl," "Bridge of Spies," and "Mad Max: Fury Road."
Admission to the exhibit, which debuted on Feb. 9, is free. It's open Tuesdays through Saturdays with an end-of-April closing.
As for the exhibit's striking centerpiece? The iridescent blue-to-green ballgown of a certain princess named "Cinderella." Prince Charming joins her on the platform, one that's capacious enough to hold the entirety of her frock's fabulously fairytale-esque hem.
Period pieces at the show include "Carol," "Brooklyn" and "Trumbo" while "Jem and the Holograms" and "Crimson Peak" add a distinct fantasy, or at least nicely outlandish, over-the-top, tone.
By the by, if you're looking to "The Force Awakens" for WonderCon costume ideas, and would love to see the actual pieces used in the film -- which these are -- you're in luck, at least in terms of not needing to drive too far: WonderCon lands in downtown Los Angeles over the last weekend of March.
The costume exhibit will be open that week, so sew your Kylo Ren ensemble for the convention after a quick pop by FIDM to see the real deal.