SEARCHLIGHT’S POOR THINGS Costume Exhibit Coming to ASU FIDM LA – Limited Time Only

LOS ANGELES, NOVEMBER 2023 – Searchlight Pictures has partnered with the ASU Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) for a limited time Poor Things costume exhibit at the ASU FIDM Museum from December 1 – December 15, 2023. 

From filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and producer Emma Stone comes the tale of the fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.

The exhibit will showcase the unique, hand crafted costumes from the film created by Costume Designer Holly Waddington (The GreatLady Macbeth). When designing the costumes, Waddington envisioned what someone would wear when they are new to the world, untethered by societal norms. Throughout the film, the progression of Bella’s growth is shown not only in her physical movement but by the intentionality of her costumes. “The color palette and the materials that Holly used were all deeply thought through and inspired by what Bella is going through and how she’s evolving,” explains Emma Stone. The exhibit will include Waddington’s exquisite designs, with pieces worn by Stone along with Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef and Christopher Abbott.

Poor Things will be in theaters beginning December 8. 

The Poor Things costume exhibit at ASU FIDM (in Downtown Los Angeles) will be open to the public December 1st through the 15th, on Mondays through Saturdays throughout the exhibition (closed on Sunday).



ASU FIDM Museum at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

The ASU FIDM Museum is a non-profit institution that fosters public engagement, student learning and recognition of the creative arts and entertainment industries by providing access to collections through exhibitions, publications, and other research opportunities.

The museum presents major exhibitions each year. The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design, featuring Oscar-nominated costumes, has been presented for over a quarter-century in the museum.


Searchlight Pictures is a global specialty film and television company that develops, produces, finances and acquires motion pictures and series for both worldwide theatrical and streaming releases.

It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and is part of The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company. Founded in 1994 as Fox Searchlight Pictures, the company’s titles have grossed over $5 billion worldwide, amassing 46 Academy Awards including five Best Picture winners since 2009: Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, Birdman, The Shape of Water, and Nomadland; 55 BAFTA Awards, and 10 Grammy Awards. Searchlight Television, the division which develops and produces series for streaming, network, and cable partners, earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actress and an additional 5 nominations for its first production The Dropout from Elizabeth Meriwether, in partnership with Hulu and 20th Studios.

Searchlight recently released Stephen Williams’ Chevalier; Mark Mylod’s The Menu; and Martin McDonagh’s Academy Award nominated The Banshees of Inisherin. Upcoming releases include Yorgos Lanthimos’ eagerly awaited Golden Lion winner Poor Things, starring and produced by Emma Stone; and Andrew Haigh’s critically acclaimed romantic drama All of Us Strangers.

Based Upon the Novel by:  Alasdair Gray

Costume Designer:  Holly Waddington

December 1, 2023
- December 15, 2023
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