Hollywood Visits BYU’s Museum of Art

  • 12 August 2014

The costume worn by Johnny Depp in his iconic role as the pirate Captain Jack Sparrow is on display at BYU’s Museum of Art.  Photo courtesy of BYU-MOA.

Article Highlights

  • BYU’s Museum of Art is hosting the traveling exhibition CUT! Costume and the Cinema.
  • The free exhibit includes 40 costumes created for more than two dozen flicks by the London costume house Cosprop Ltd.
  • As an educational supplement to the show, the museum is also displaying artwork from the museum’s permanent collection.

PROVO, UTAH

For the next six months, Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Sandra Bullock, and several other Hollywood A-listers will be appearing daily at BYU’s Museum of Art.

Well, sort of.

To clarify, the authentic, in-the-flesh actors won’t be at the popular museum—but many of the costumes used in several of their most famous movie roles will be on display.

The museum at the Church-owned school is hosting the traveling exhibition CUT! Costume and the Cinema. The free exhibit includes 40 costumes created for more than two dozen flicks by the London costume house Cosprop Ltd.

The sartorial display, according to the museum, takes an entertaining look “at the art of making costumes that set the scene, establish character, and provide authenticity in period films.”

CUT! Costume and the Cinema is evidence of the museum’s continued efforts to bring a wide variety of exhibitions to the BYU campus and its neighboring communities. Tens of thousands of people visited the Museum of Art in recent months to view the Christ-themed Sacred Gifts.

The films represented in the exhibition depict five centuries of history, drama, comedy, fantasy, and adventure through the costumes worn by some of the most famous faces at the movies. Some 27 films are represented, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Sense and Sensibility, The Phantom of the Opera, and Sherlock Holmes.

Cosprop, according to the museum, has become synonymous with prize-winning movie costumes—including several Academy Awards.

As an educational supplement to the show, the museum is also displaying artwork from the museum’s permanent collection to demonstrate how wardrobe details were utilized in portraiture in many of the same ways used in today’s period films.

Located on BYU’s main campus, the Museum of Art is open Monday–Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday–Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Closed Sunday.

Colin Farrell wore this costume in the movie The New World. Photo courtesy of BYU-MOA.

Keira Knightley wore this costume in the period film The Duchess. Photo courtesy of BYU-MOA.

Actress Amy Adams starred in the film Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. One of the period costumes from the movie is on display at the BYU Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of BYU-MOA.