Best Costume Design: See Oscar-Winning Togs Downtown

Designer Milena Canonero took home the Oscar for "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

The Monday morning following Oscar Sunday Night can be a yawny one for movie mavens who follow Film's Biggest Event, but there are a typically a couple of events that always occur.

1. Catch up on all of the photos, tweets, commentary, and replays.

2. Parse the winners (and not-so-winners) with other cinephiles at work/school/home.

3. See the film that won Best Picture, or in the acting categories, if you missed it.

Add to that a fourth pursuit, one of a fashion bent, and one that can only be done in Los Angeles: Admire the clothing, in-person, from the film that went home with the Best Costume Design award.

Or rather, the costume designer. Milena Canonero, a legend in the silver-screen sartorial business, won for "The Grand Budapest Hotel" at the 87th Annual Academy Awards. 

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It was Ms. Canonero's fourth Oscar win, and her light-catching pants, which were roundly cited around the internet for being one of the loveliest get-ups of the night, speaks volumes about her own bold style and the high concept visions for the clothing worn in the Wes Anderson film.

You can see the costumes that caught voters' eyes, including the pillbox-hatted hotel employee costumes, the dowager-dressy cape coat worn by actress Tilda Swinton, and Saoirse Ronan's peach-pretty ensemble, at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising downtown, as part of the 23rd Annual Art of Motion Picture Design exhibit. 

The exhibit runs Tuesdays through Saturdays through April 25. Admission is free.

If you miss Ms. Canonero's "Budapest" designs, worry not: As is tradition, the previous year's Oscar winner always shows again the following year, meaning the outfits shall return next winter to FIDM.

To see more of Ms. Canonero's iconic film work, make for Hollywood Costume at Wilshire and Fairfax, in the old May Company building, before the exhibit shutters on March 2. Her work for "Barry Lyndon" -- the designer worked with Stanley Kubrick in addition to her multiple collaborations with Wes Anderson -- is on display.

image: Alex J. Berliner/FIDM

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