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Get all of the information you need to visit our upcoming exhibitions, opening Tuesday, February 9: LOCATION: 919 S. Grand Avenue Los Angeles, California 90015 HOURS: 10 am - 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday Museum will be open Monday, February... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at FIDM Museum Blog
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At the end of each year, our team reports on the Museum’s activities from the past twelve months – including what objects have been added to the Permanent Collection. As we compiled our list of 2015 acquisitions, there were a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at FIDM Museum Blog
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Best remembered today as Marilyn Monroe's favorite designer, Ceil Chapman was famous in the 1940s and '50s for her glamorous yet affordable evening looks. Her ready-to-wear "dream dresses," as the New York Times called them in 1957, were designed to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Long before he earned his reputation as "fashion's knock-off king," Victor Costa (b. 1935) created a line of Bohemian-inspired dresses—including this maxi dress wittily woven with hearts, clubs, spades, and diamonds—under the Romantica label.1 Romantica by Victor Costa 1968-73 Gift... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at FIDM Museum Blog
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In the 1980s, Thierry Mugler was the enfant terrible of French fashion, known for his dramatic tailoring and equally theatrical runway presentations. But his controversial, cowboy-inspired Spring/Summer 1992 show may have gone too far, injecting S&M, bikers, showgirls, and drag... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at FIDM Museum Blog
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The American West has been a powerful influence on fashion since the 1920s, when Hollywood films romanticized the cowboy myth and city slickers from the East Coast traveled west to experience ranch living as "dudes": tourists who dressed the part... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at FIDM Museum Blog
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With pajama pants and shirts, slip dresses, and boudoir style back in fashion, this ensemble from 1968 recalls the trend for "evening pyjamas" in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Pyjamas first left the house in the 1930s, when women... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Legendary couturier André Courrèges passed away Thursday, age 92. This post from 2015 highlights one of his many fashion innovations, the "Space Age" style, the influence of which can still be felt today. See more of the FIDM Museum's Courrèges... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at FIDM Museum Blog
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In honor of their current exhibition Fabulous Fashion: Decades of Change: 1890s, 1920s, & 1950s, the Pasadena Museum of History's Textile Arts Council is proud to partner with the curatorial staff of the FIDM Museum to present a three-part lecture... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at FIDM Museum Blog
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In the late 1960s, the disaffected youth of the Left Bank (or "Rive Gauche") neighborhood of Paris trawled the city's open-air flea markets looking for romantic embellishments like fringed shawls, Indian jewelry, and antique lace. French designers began to "take... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the FIDM Museum & Galleries! The blog will be on holiday until January 5, but you can follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds for daily updates from the world of fashion. See... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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In 1950, most women viewed perfume as a luxury item, reserved for special occasions, and it represented less than one percent of the overall cosmetics market.1 Because it had a higher profit margin than skincare products or makeup, however, the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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It's traditional to end a fashion show with a wedding gown. The FIDM Museum is in the last days of a major fundraising campaign to purchase the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, a private collection of 1,400 historic garments and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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This is the last week to see our exhibitions Inspired Eye: The Donald and Joan Damask Design Collection at the FIDM Museum and Fleurs: Botanicals in Dress from the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, which close on Saturday evening. We'll... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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The FIDM Museum is in the final days of a major fundraising campaign to purchase the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, a private collection of 1,400 historic garments and accessories from four centuries. Each Friday, this blog will present exquisite... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Amateur boxer Willy de Mond in got his start in fashion in New York in the early 1920s, supplying hosiery to the Ziegfeld Follies and other vaudeville revues. He quickly realized that the business attracted a steady stream of repeat... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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David Croland has an active career in art and fashion. His illustrations can be found in Vogue, Bazaar, Interview, and The New York Times, among other publications. His drawings are also commissioned by department stores such as Barneys New York... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Fashion designer Norman Norell (1900-1972) was famous for his love of sparkly sequins and beading, which he applied to evening sheaths, pajama pantsuits, and even jacket linings. As he once said, "If you're going out at night, for heaven's sake... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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The FIDM Museum is in the final weeks of a major fundraising campaign to purchase the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, a private collection of 1,400 historic garments and accessories from four centuries. Each Friday, this blog will present exquisite... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Guest post by FIDM Museum Associate Curator Christina Johnson The FIDM Museum held a student design competition in conjunction with Inspired Eye: The Donald and Joan Damask Design Collection at the FIDM Museum. We asked students to select an artwork... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, the international day of giving to charities and non-profits. The FIDM Museum urgently needs your generous support. We have less than a month to raise the funds to purchase the Helen... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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A collar of black turkey feathers frames the V-neckline of this black silk Oscar de la Renta gown, one of two turkey-trimmed ensembles by the designer in the FIDM Museum collection. Wishing all of our readers a very happy Thanksgiving!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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New York's Seventh Avenue may be America's fashion capital, but California has always been the heart of the American sportswear industry. "The California pace is easy, outdoorsy, sunny," Vogue declared in 1954. "California clothes . . . suit it perfectly."1... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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The FIDM Museum is in the final weeks of a major fundraising campaign to purchase the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, a private collection of 1,400 historic garments and accessories from four centuries. Each Friday, this blog will present an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Though often used as a synonym for black, "jet" refers to a type of semi-precious stone formed from coal derived from fossilized driftwood. The finest jet came from Whitby, on the northeast coast of England, and could be polished to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog