Costumes are more than clothes on a performer. They communicate as much about the character as the words that come out of the actor’s mouth.
The new exhibit, Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen, is open until the end of next month. Visitors are able to get up close and personal with some of the most lavish and beautiful costumes from their favorite stage shows, movies, and television programs. They are also able to have conversations with the experts in the field as they talk about their craft and the work that goes into the finished product.
This is the type of experience one can only have in New York City. The ability to see the detail and the effort it takes to create these masterpieces is not one that occurs very often. As an audience member, it makes me appreciate the artisans and artists who job it is to bring these masterpieces to life.
My problem is that I wish there was more to it. While it is entertaining and a bit of a learning experience, it falls short of fulfilling the promises it makes.
Do I recommend it? Maybe.
Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen will be open until October 31st. It is located at 234 West 42nd Street in New York. More information can be found on the first link above.