Exhibit features expansive collection of period film costumes

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SALT LAKE CITY – An exhibit at Brigham Young University will allow visitors to get an up-close look at costumes worn by actors and actresses in period films.

Nancy Lawson is a curator at the BYU Museum of Art, and she said all of the pieces in the Cut! Costume and Cinema exhibit were actually worn in films.

"These are not copies, these were actually worn by, you know, famous celebrities: Kate Winlset, Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, Robert Downey Junior, Johnny Depp, I could go on and on,” she said.

Lawson said the collection covers a wide variety.

"What we represent here is the best fashion of any particular period, and over 400 years of fashion is shown in this exhibition,” she said.

Paul L. Anderson is another curator at the museum, and he said extra special care was taken to ensure the costumes are historically accurate.

"Everything that shows has to be done by hand in exactly the way the old things were done because if there's a close-up... a specialist would be able to see and recognize that,” he said.

Lawson said the exhibit is a good fit for an art museum, as many of the costumes were inspired by art.

"Looking at paintings from the time, looking at sculptures, looking at photographs if it's a later time, and thankfully, hundreds of years ago, people wanted really realistic paintings of what they wore,” she said.

The free exhibit opens July 11 and runs through December 6. Click here for more information from BYU’s website.