Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hidden Figures film costumes on display...

Hidden Figures is a wonderful celebration and acknowledgment of the black women in history who helped with America's space race through their efforts working at NASA in the 1960s, whether they be genius mathematicians calculating take-off, flight and re-entry trajectories, brilliant engineers, or capable team leaders of the human 'computers' and managing the transition to the newly installed IBM computers.

Screen-worn movie costumes from Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures movie costumes
Taraji P Henson Hidden Figures Katherine G Johnson costumes
Hidden Figures film costumes
Janelle Monae Hidden Figures Mary Jackson costume
Janelle Monae Hidden Figures Mary Jackson costume
Hidden Figures film costumes
Octavia Spencer Hidden Figures Dorothy Vaughan costume
Hidden Figures movie costumes
Taraji P Henson Hidden Figures Katherine G Johnson film costumes
Hidden Figures Katherine G. Johnson movie costume
Taraji P Henson Hidden Figures Katherine G Johnson costume
Hidden Figures Katherine G Johnson costume
Hidden Figures movie costume exhibit
In the enlightening biopic Taraji P. Henson plays the widowed mother-of-three and mathematics genius 'Katherine G. Johnson', Janelle MonĂ¡e plays aspiring engineer 'Mary Jackson' who takes on the courts to be able to study and earn her qualification at a segregated college and Octavia Spencer earned an Oscar-nomination for her role as 'Dorothy Vaughan' who was insightful enough to see that technology would soon replace NASA's human 'computers' and trained to learn the new IBM computer language and demanded equal pay that her management position entitled her to regardless of skin colour.

Renee Ehrlich Kalfus was Costume Designer on this 1960s-set movie and this selection of costumes were photographed on display at Downtown L.A.'s FIDM Museum on February 8, 2017.

They always put on such a wonderful show and I appreciate that they may want to keep the FIDM Museum exhibition looking uniform with their all-white mannequins, but I feel this is a missed opportunity here to not have a different, more representative skin tone for these costumes to be presented on, like with the ArcLight Hollywood Hidden Figures movie costume display around the movie's release, after all this is a movie about black women in history (and the same could be said for these Fences movie costumes, these Empire TV costumes, these Roots mini-series costumes and more besides).

Hidden Figures movie poster
Hidden Figures movie poster
Buy the book that inspired the movie: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Buy the movie: Hidden Figures

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