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With just days to go before the Academy Awards, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum in L.A. is opening a new show to celebrate some of the most impressive nominees.

The FIDM's annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design display  is an up-close-and-personal way to experience designs from each of the Oscar-nominated costume designers.

Included among the 2020 Best Picture- and Costume Design-nominated movies, the exhibition honours the work of those who bring stories to life on screen through fashion. This lineup includes names such as Arianne Phillips (Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood) and Jacqueline Durran (Little Women). There are also Rocketman costumes from Julian Day (worn by Taron Egerton, in the title role).

The display is free and to the public through March 21.

Viewing hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday.

Meanwhile, Dexter Fletcher, who directed Rocketman, was asked if he would consider a sequel, if asked by Elton.

The 54-year-old said: "Do you think we should? "Oh alright then, I will. Absolutely will."

He'd be particularly keen if Taron Egerton decided to reprise his role.

Bernie Taupin was also recently approached about the biopic. Asked by Variety.com brought up the line in (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again that goes, ''But now the past lies sleeping in the deep.''

That made me think of that album title of Elton’s, “Sleeping With the Past.”

Oh, well, that’s the album I’m talking about, by the way! “Sleeping With the Past” had a very R&B/soul feel to it. That’s the one I was thinking about. Thank you.

And was that “the past lies sleeping” line in the new song in any way an allusion to the title of that album?

Oh, no, no, absolutely not. In fact, until you mentioned it, I hadn’t even thought about it. So, no. “Sleeping in the deep” is literally: You’ve drowned your demons and left them at the bottom of the ocean.

To ask about another line: “No clown to claim he used to know me then.” Was that about just getting rid of toxic people in your life?

I think so. I think it’s a combination of hiding behind costumes, and getting rid of dead wood — people that are a bad influence. But the whole thing about my work in general is that I much prefer for people to draw their own conclusions than to lead them by the nose through it and tell them what each individual thing in the song is saying. I think the beauty of songs, like any form of art, is for people to draw their own conclusions. When you write songs, it’s like when children grow up and they leave home —they have to make decisions for themselves. They can’t rely on you. And I think releasing songs is like releasing children. As Paul Simon always said, other people’s impressions of your song sometimes are more interesting than the ones you initially drew up in the first place.

With “Rocketman,” since you’re a character in the film, did you have any concerns about you’d be portrayed on screen?

No, not at all. The thing is that this isn’t a movie that was made independent of us. It was made in-house, by our team, basically. And then obviously when Jamie (Bell) came on board, I was thrilled, to say the least, to have an actor of his talent and sensitivity to portray me. We met and hung out together; I think he did a stellar job, and I’m flattered by the whole process.

Did you think it was funny at all that your character would actually have a singing role in the movie?

No, because I figured if Elton’s grandmother can sing, I certainly can.

The film got a lot of Golden Globe love, and some people of course think it deserved at the Oscars. Your song is alone in representing it at the Oscars. Of course the song will be on the telecast, so that’s a big look to remind people about the movie, but you must wish you weren’t the only ones nominated.

Yeah, of course. I would have loved to have seen Taron get nominated because I think he did do an extraordinary job. He had another ace in the hole, which was the fact that he actually sang all the songs, which is extraordinary. Quite honestly, I think he deserved a nod. But, hey, you know, it’s a crapshoot, man. I’m happy that we’re there in some capacity, and we’ll just see what happens. Win or lose, I’m thrilled to be nominated. Of course you always wish and hope that you could get a little bit more, but you’ve got to be ultimately satisfied with what you finally end up with. You can’t complain.

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