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 Great, Lady 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).