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The FIDM Museum is fundraising to acquire a remarkable collection of rare historic fashion, ranging from gowns worn by Queen Victoria to stunning couture creations of the twentieth century. The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection encompasses 1,400 pieces and represents... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at FIDM Museum Blog
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Society ladies maintained highly structured social lives in the years leading up to World War I, requiring many different types of clothing. After doffing her morning dress, a lady might change into an afternoon suit for a stroll, choosing an... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at FIDM Museum Blog
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American clothing manufacturers looked to Europe for design inspiration in the years before World War II; London for tailored daywear and Paris for elaborate eveningwear. Not until combat closed France's borders were American designers, such as Claire McCardell, enthusiastically promoted... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at FIDM Museum Blog
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In keeping with this week's beachy blog theme, here is a very different swimsuit, made of equally impractical materials. The publicity surrounding the scandalous bikini (introduced in 1946) had subsided by the 1960s, but not the carnal delight in gazing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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It's the first day of summer vacation for FIDM students! Where better place to spend it than the beach? This Jazz Age man's swimsuit from the FIDM Museum collection is hardly recognizable as beachwear today. Gender-segregated swimming hours were strictly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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With the FIDM Museum curators and social media team heading to London for our 2015 Fashion Council Voyage, the blog will be featuring new posts drawn from our FABULOUS! catalogue for next two weeks. Look for all-new Fundraising Friday posts... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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The FIDM Museum fondly remembers a special friend and donor, designer and educator Elizabeth Galindo. Elsa Schiaparelli Fall/Winter 1938-1939 Gift of the Galindo Family 2010.886.1AB Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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It's Fundraising Friday! The FIDM Museum is in the final months of a major fundraising campaign to purchase the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, a private collection of 1,200 historic garments and accessories from four centuries assembled by the late... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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It's Fundraising Friday! The FIDM Museum is in the final months of a major fundraising campaign to purchase the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, a private collection of 1,200 historic garments and accessories from four centuries assembled by the late... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Stephen Burrows (b. 1943) became one of the first African-American fashion designers to achieve international fame when he participated with four other American designers in a fashion show held at the Palace of Versailles in 1973. The landmark event--chronicled in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Friends of the FIDM Museum gathered at the Los Angeles campus Thursday night to celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition, Inspired Eye: The Donald and Joan Damask Design Collection at the FIDM Museum. Donald Damask, Joan Damask, Associate Curator... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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It's Fundraising Friday! The FIDM Museum is in the final months of a major fundraising campaign to purchase the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, a private collection of 1,200 historic garments and accessories from four centuries assembled by the late... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Named for the 70-carat Kimberly Diamond, the Kimberly knitwear company was "the Rolls Royce of the knitwear industry," according to Women's Wear Daily--a description the company's car-collecting founder must have appreciated. Jack Lazar (1911-1990) liked to say he learned about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Alfred Shaheen (1922-2008) singlehandedly elevated Hawaiian shirts from tacky souvenirs to Tiki chic and, in the process, founded the modern Hawaiian fashion industry. Born in New Jersey and raised in Southern California, Shaheen moved to Oahu with his parents in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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The FIDM Museum is in the final months of a major fundraising campaign to purchase the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, a private collection of 1,200 historic garments and accessories from four centuries. Each Friday, this blog will present an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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The Fashion Council, the FIDM Museum's volunteer support group, gathered Sunday evening to raise money--and a few glasses--at a food and wine pairing event featuring Duckhorn wines and Asian fusion cuisine from AnQi by House of An. Left to right:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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In this blog post, Associate Curator Christina Johnson previews Inspired Eye: The Donald & Joan Damask Design Collection at the FIDM Museum, opening at the FIDM Museum & Galleries on June 12. ********** This exhibition celebrates a donation from Joan... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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It's Fundraising Friday! The FIDM Museum is in the final months of a major fundraising campaign to purchase the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, a private collection of 1,200 historic garments and accessories from four centuries assembled by the late... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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This pussycat bow would not look out of place on Mad Men career girl Peggy Olson--and the style is back in fashion this spring, thanks to Valentino, Rochas, Haider Ackermann, and Emanuel Ungaro. Gucci even showed pussycat bows as menswear.... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Traditionally, white clothing has been reserved for the summer months, between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, we're getting our summer whites out of storage! Marc Bohan for Christian Dior Spring/Summer 1968 Gift... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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It's Fundraising Friday! The FIDM Museum is in the final months of a major fundraising campaign to purchase the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, a private collection of 1,200 historic garments and accessories from four centuries assembled by the late... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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This colorblocked dress in patriotic red, white, and blue is by Norman Norell (1900-1972), the so-called "Dean of American Fashion." Norell got his first Seventh Avenue job with designer Hattie Carnegie in 1928. A wholesale clothing manufacturer offered Norell a... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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This chic mid-century ensemble is typical of the elegant but wearable clothes designed by Adele Simpson (1904-1995). The youngest of five sisters, Simpson landed her first Seventh Avenue job at the age of 17. By 21, she was one of... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Welcome to a new weekly blog post: Fundraising Friday. The FIDM Museum is in the final months of a major fundraising campaign to purchase the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, a private collection of 1,200 historic garments and accessories from... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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A native of Georgia, milliner Archie Eason served in the Coast Guard before becoming a stock boy in the Cohen Brothers department store in Jacksonville, Florida, in the early 1950s. With no formal training or experience, he quickly earned a... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog