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Diadem 1875-1900 Bolognese & Son, Jeweler Gift of Andrea Tice in memory of Carmelita Johnson 2008.46.278AB This diadem of human hair ornamented with gold and semiprecious stones appears to be a one-of-a-kind accessory. Such a unique headpiece was surely made... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at FIDM Museum Blog
Madame Grès c. 1970 Gift of Doris Raymond in honor of Kevin Jones 2011.800.2 Madame Grès (1903-1993) made no effort to create a cult of personality around her work. Instead, she was purposely obtuse, often providing opaque answers to questions... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at FIDM Museum Blog
As today is the first full day of fall, it seems only appropriate to take a look at some of the warm and cozy garments in our collection. So, today we bring you a selection of coats and jackets, from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
Thanks to everyone who attended the 3rd Annual FABULOUS! Soirée! As promised, it was an amazing evening benefiting the FIDM Museum Fashion Council's campaign for acquisition of The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection. Tickets sold out quickly and we had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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An occasional round-up of articles, events, exhibitions, and other information of interest. This week we share some reading that piqued our interest and a reminder about one of our exhibitions. ********** There's only two weekends left to visit the 8th... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
Mao Dress detail Vivienne Tam Spring/Summer 1995 Museum Purchase 2007.5.2 Vivienne Tam's (b. 1958) Mao collection was a breakout success. Though she'd been designing under her own name since the early 1980s, it was her irreverent garments featuring Mao Zedong's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
In today's blog post, former intern Mari Ogino uncovers the political implications of Rudi Gernreich's Kimono dress. She traces the ways in which the undefined shape of the kimono helped liberate western women's bodies from confining garments in the late... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
What do you have planned for this last long weekend of summer? Depending on where you're located, you could be experiencing a blast of tropical heat, or the first cooling temperatures of fall. Here in Los Angeles, highs of 80-90... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
The interns are on a roll! Last week, we featured intern Rachel Panella's post on working with our extensive collection of Versace menswear. Today, intern Soquel Filice, who also spent her summer working with the Versace Menswear Archive, sheds light... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
We're so fortunate to work with talented, curious, and motivated interns! Today's post, by intern Rachel Panella, dives into a unique area of our collection: the Gianni Versace Menswear Archive. Consisting of donor Marvin Worth's extensive Versace wardrobe, the Archive... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
Intern with the FIDM Museum! We are currently seeking a talented and motivated intern to assist with digital asset management, object labeling, and inventory projects. Interns must keep a weekly commitment of 15–40 hours for at least 12 weeks. This... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
Happy birthday to Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel! Born 130 years ago on August 19, 1883, Chanel was an innovator and savvy self-promoter. Her eponymous brand is still going strong with designer Karl Lagerfeld at the helm. In tribute to Chanel, Lagerfeld... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
3rd Annual FABULOUS! Soirée benefiting FIDM Museum Fashion Council's campaign for acquisition of The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection. FIDM Museum Fashion Council invites you to an event benefiting the FIDM Museum. This year will be the most FABULOUS! Soirée... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
Associate Curator Christina Johnson recently curated an eclectic exhibition at the FIDM OC Gallery. In today's post, she describes how she combined diverse objects, from an Armani suit to a Chinese bamboo garment, into a cohesive, intriguing exhibition. ********** International... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
Rudi Gernreich was born on this day in 1922! August 8, 2014 would have been his 92nd birthday. Born in Austria, Gernreich immigrated to the United States in 1938. After settling in Los Angeles, the fledgling designer produced his first... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
On Thursday, July 31, the FIDM Museum & Galleries celebrated the release of SPELLBOUND™, the latest collection of handmade Chalk White™ couture Superdolls™. Designed by London artists Desmond Lingard and Charles Fegen since 2005, these fully articulated, sixteen-inch tall mannequin-like... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
Yves Saint Laurent was born on this day in 1936. Active in the Paris haute couture from 1953 until his retirement in 2002, Saint Laurent is considered one of the most influential designers of the latter 20th century. Saint Laurent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
Before fashion editors like André Leon Talley and Anna Wintour, there was the seminal Diana Vreeland. Celebrated for her impeccable style, larger than life persona, and impressive career, she influenced not only the fashion world, but the museum world as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
8th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition On view through September 20, 2014 Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm FREE! For the eighth year, this annual exhibition celebrates the art and artistry of Primetime Emmy® Nominated Costume Designers and Costume Supervisors. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
Teresa, Unfortunately, we don't have a pattern for the Incroyable suit. As to who you might contact, I'd suggest researching museums that have costume or pattern holdings and sending inquiries. Of course, the Met has probably the largest collection of Charles James garments and patterns, but you never know what might be tucked away in another collection! Consider contacting LACMA, the Phoenix Museum of Art, and the Indianapolis Museum. All of these institutions have substantial costume collections. Good luck!
Since 2005, London artists Desmond Lingard and Charles Fegen have designed The Sybarites™, fully articulated, sixteen-inch tall mannequin-like dolls. Dressed in hand-crafted high-fashion garments, these collectibles capture the spirit of the world of haute couture. This exhibition features their latest... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
This post is the last in a series exploring the five themes of Designing Hollywood: Sketches from the Christian Esquevin Collection. So far, we've looked at Studios, Genres, Designers, and Wardrobe. Today's post examines the interaction between film stars, studios,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
Chatelaine Pin 1955 Gold-plated metal Gift of Jimmie Romero in memory of Christie Romero 2012.943.28AB This Love-Cuffs chatelaine pin was but one item in a line of "solid gold look" hand-cuff themed jewelry manufactured by Alice Jewelry of Providence, Rhode... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
Hi Phil, The FIDM Museum is located just a few blocks from the LA garment district so we're often able to purchase mannequins locally. We tend to display more women's clothing than men's, so we don't have one source we use for male forms. If you'd like, send me an email and I can offer some sources, though I'm not sure if they ship:
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2014 on Floating forms at FIDM Museum Blog