Words Into Characters: Art Inspired by the Hollywood Costume Exhibition

Words Into Characters: Art Inspired by the Hollywood Costume Exhibition


Nakao: THERE’S A SAYING
THAT BEAUTY MUST BE INVISIBLE. BUT YOU CAN FEEL IT. THAT’S WHAT BEAUTY MEANS FOR ME. WORDS ARE LIKE SMALL PARTICLES. THEY DON’T HAVE SENSE. JUST IF YOU PUT
LETTER AFTER LETTER THAT THEY’RE BEGINNING
TO MAKE SENSE. OUR WORK IS THE SAME. WE ARE WORKING CUT BY CUT,
FOLD BY FOLD. GLUING AND CUTTING PART OF
THE SCRIPT BY PART OF THE SCRIPT TO MAKE SOMETHING
THAT STARTS VERY SMALL TO SOMETHING THAT’S HUGE. A COSTUME IS LIKE A PICTURE.
A BIG PICTURE. AND ALL THE PIXELS
ARE IMPORTANT FOR THE PICTURE — NOT JUST THE COSTUME OR THE SET,
THE LIGHTING. WHEN YOU ARE
INSIDE A PERFECT COSTUME, YOU ARE NOT MORE YOURSELF. YOU ARE THE CHARACTER. PEOPLE THINK
PAPER IS SOMETHING MEANINGLESS. PAPER IS SOMETHING VERY
EPHEMERAL, VERY FRAGILE… AS WORDS. BUT PAPER
CAN CHANGE THE WORLD — LIKE A CONSTITUTION, LIKE
A NEW LAW, LIKE AN INVENTION. I DO BELIEVE
WORDS CAN CHANGE ANYTHING. AT THE BEGINNING,
IT’S JUST A DREAM. YOU NEED TO DREAM VERY, VERY BIG TO MAKE SOMETHING SMALL, LIKE
THIS DRESS, BECOME A REALITY. IT’S A GOOD SENSATION.

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