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Telephone, shoe, lobster: unremarkable objects that Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli and Spanish artist Salvador Dalí elevated to art and high fashion during their many years of fruitful collaboration. Though Schiaparelli was renowned for her partnership with several celebrated artists of the mid-twentieth century (Man Ray, Christian Bérard, Jean Cocteau, and Meret Oppenheim to name a few)[1], she and Dalí shared an unparalleled synergy that resulted in some of the most important creations of the Surrealist movement. Dalí and Schiaparelli, circa 1949. Photo: Courtesy of Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí Though their first encounter is not recorded, they likely met through mutual acquaintances... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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We love participating in Museum Week, the annual social media campaign that encourages institutions around the world to take their online community behind-the-scenes. Today's theme is Professions: who works at the FIDM Museum and what do they do? It takes so many capable hands to keep a museum running. There are countless moving parts that occur 'behind the curtain' - the exhibition you see is the result of months or even years of arduous planning - not to mention the day-to-day tasks of operating a non-profit institution. Like most museums, we have a small but mighty staff that works incredibly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Turning the corner into our Acquiring Beauty exhibition, we often hear the ‘oohs and ahhs’ of visitors greeted with an impressive sight: a magnificent Zandra Rhodes pleated gold lamé ensemble fit for a queen. The majestic gown does indeed have a British royal background – a fitting provenance for the charming pink-haired designer who cites her home country as the inspiration behind many of her collections.[1] Evening Ensemble Zandra Rhodes London, England, Fall 1981 FIDM Museum Purchase: Funds raised by the FIDM Museum Fashion Council, 2015 Pink Mane Portrait 1985: photograph by Robyn Beeche, makeup by Yvonne Gold. Rhodes wears... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Have you visited our latest History Gallery exhibition Acquiring Beauty: FIDM Museum Fashion Council, Est. 2011? This unique show, on view through July 7, 2018, celebrates the accomplishments of the FIDM Museum Fashion Council, the support group that has enabled the Museum to acquire the most extraordinary pieces. From a 1960s Apple Boutique suit to a royal court bodice, the exhibition showcases the most rare and wonderful objects - all made possible by the FIDM Museum Fashion Council! Below, Christina Johnson, who co-curated the exhibition with Kevin Jones, tells us more about what went into selecting these stunning pieces from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Today's post is written by Curator Kevin Jones and Associate Curator Christina Johnson to explain the details of the FIDM Museum's acquisition of objects from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection. Associate Curator Christina Johnson and Curator Kevin Jones in front of the Princess Charlotte Gown from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection With the upcoming Charles Whitaker auction of garments and accessories from Helen Larson’s private collection on April 28, 2018 in Pennsylvania, we’d like to take this opportunity to tell the story of the FIDM Museum’s formation of The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, and dispel any confusion... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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What does the word 'Victorian' bring to mind? For Costume Designer Consolata Boyle, the answer is the color black - in all its varying tones and textures. The FIDM Museum was fortunate to host the Irish designer in September 2017 before the release of her latest film Victoria and Abdul, for which she received her third Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design (now on display until April 7 in our Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition). Academy Award-nominated costumes from Victoria and Abdul by Consolata Boyle Queen Victoria costume sketch for Victoria and Abdul by Consolata Boyle The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Fashion and costume design are two distinct disciplines, yet their worlds constantly collide. Think of the lone Technicolor scene in a black and white film to showcase Adrian’s spectacular fashions in The Women (1939), or Audrey Hepburn’s transcendent relationship with Hubert de Givenchy onscreen and off. In the Golden Age of Hollywood, studio designers often dressed stars in films and on the red carpet – after all, who knew their bodies better than their costume designer – and copies of popular costumes sold in department stores and pattern books. More recently, collaborations between couture houses and costume designers have been... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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On March 12, the world lost a fashion legend and true gentleman when Hubert de Givenchy passed away at the age of 91. Known for his elegant and ladylike clothes, Givenchy was the last of his generation of post-war French designers that gave new life to haute couture. Evening dress Hubert de Givenchy , Autumn-Winter 1968-69 Gift of Mrs. Alfred Bloomingdale, 77.116.14 Born in 1927 as the son of a marquis, Givenchy knew from an early age he wanted to design dresses; he was inspired by a family trip to a Parisian fair that highlighted the fashions of Chanel, Lanvin,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Last night, Mark Bridges won Best Costume Design at the 90th Academy Awards for his work on the period film Phantom Thread…and he also walked away with more than just his Oscar statue! Bridges previously won the Academy Award in 2012 for The Artist, and was nominated in 2015 for Inherent Vice. Bridges attended the opening reception of our Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition, where his award-winning costumes are currently on display until April 7 alongside the other four Best Costume Design nominees (Luis Sequeira, The Shape of Water; Jacqueline Durran, Beauty and the Beast and Darkest Hour;... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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UPDATE: The deadline to apply has been extended to Monday, April 16, 2018. ******************************************************************************************************************* The FIDM Museum is excited to announce our Summer Internship Program is open for applications. Interns work closely with FIDM Museum staff and receive valuable hands-on training in museum practices. We are currently seeking talented and motivated graduate students to assist with a variety of projects. The Museum offers two funded opportunities and several volunteer positions. All applicants should be currently enrolled in a graduate program in fashion history or museum studies; consideration will also be given to students beginning their graduate program in Fall 2018.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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It's our most elegant and refined event of the year...the FIDM Museum Fashion Council Royal Tea is back! This year's tea on Friday, March 2 promises to be particularly special, as it will celebrate the exhibition that honors the achievements of the Fashion Council: Acquiring Beauty: FIDM Museum Fashion Council, Est. 2011. First, enjoy a delicious traditional tea party in an enclosed tent on the lovely Grand Hope Park lawn, followed by a presentation on royal dress by Curator Kevin Jones. After a private tour of the Acquiring Beauty and Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibitions, there will be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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What would a film be without costume design? This question greets FIDM Museum visitors as they enter the gallery for our 26th annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition. As the stunning array of costumes on display prove, a movie would be nothing without these talented visual story-tellers! On Saturday, February 3, the Costume Design community came together to salute the work of 2017 film designers represented in the gallery, including all five Academy Award-nominees for Best Costume Design: Mark Bridges, Phantom Thread Luis Sequeira, The Shape of Water Consolata Boyle, Victoria & Abdul Jacqueline Durran, Darkest Hour Jacqueline... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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The FIDM Museum is proud to collaborate once again with the Pasadena Museum of History lecture series in conjunction with their current exhibition, Royals of Pasadena: Rose Queen and Royal Court. We invite you to join Museum Coordinator Leigh Wishner for her presentation "From Fragile to Funky: Flowers in Fashionable Fabrics, 1500-2000" this Thursday, February 8, from 6 pm - 8 pm. Her colorful lecture, illustrated with images from museums around the world, will span five hundred years of flowers that never fade in apparel and furnishing textiles. Whether woven or printed, embroidered or embellished with trompe l’oeil petals and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Have you ever attended a FIDM Museum event? A Luncheon & Lecture Day, Royal Tea, Wine Dinner, Gala Night, or even a trip abroad? If so, you're already familiar with the FIDM Museum Fashion Council, our institution's dynamic support organization! This fashionable fundraising group was established in 2011 to help raise money for the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, and to promote the Museum's educational mission. It's scope has grown tremendously in the past seven years; the group is now an essential part of the FIDM Museum's overall acquisition and programming projects. We want to recognize Fashion Council members for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Meet Ultra Violet 18-3838, the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year that is “symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance.”[1] Claude Monet, Queen Victoria, and a galaxy far, far away are all associated with this enigmatic color - not to be confused with ultraviolet, a light on the spectrum not visible to the human eye. While the color of the year typically mirrors current trends in fashion, interiors, and industrial design, this year’s thoughtful shade is “a true reflection of what’s needed in our world today,”[2] according to Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. This selection marks... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Now that the year is coming to an end, it's time to start planning your fashion adventures for 2018...we are thrilled to announce that our next Fashion Council Voyage destination is SPAIN! We will embark on a professionally guided tour of Madrid and the Basque and Rioja regions, all while enjoying exclusive culinary experiences, behind-the-scenes excursions, and of course plenty of fashion history (including a visit to the gorgeous Balenciaga Museum in Getaria). Read on for the itinerary and pricing details - hurry, spaces are limited! Travel dates: October 7 - October 14, 2018 Deadline to sign-up: January 30, 2018... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at FIDM Museum Blog
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As our office quiets down for the holidays, we are reminded of what an extraordinary year it has been for the FIDM Museum. We opened six exhibitions in 2017: Art of Motion Picture Costume Design; Exotica: Fashion & Film Costume of the 1920s; Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design; Fashion Philanthropy: The Linda & Steven Plochocki Collection; Thierry Mugler: Alien to Angel; and Scents and Sensibilities. Our galleries also hosted shows featuring student work and a partnership with GUESS. We presented fascinating conversations between costume designers, choreographers, and actresses. We interviewed designers and donors to bring you behind-the-scenes of our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at FIDM Museum Blog
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The FIDM Museum Fashion Council celebrated the opening of our latest exhibition, Thierry Mugler: Alien to Angel, this Saturday, December 9 on the FIDM Orange County Campus. The show incorporates photography, fashion objects, perfume bottles, sketches, and accessories to highlight the career of Thierry Mugler, the unconventional French designer who championed the highly structured silhouettes of the 1980s. Mugler was famous for his spectacularly themed fashion shows and his portrayal of feminine yet powerful women on the runway. Though he now concentrates on costume design rather than haute couture or ready-to-wear, the Mugler brand remains successful thanks to his best-selling... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at FIDM Museum Blog
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The FIDM Museum is thrilled to announce our partnership with American Federation of Arts on the upcoming exhibition Outdoor Girls: Sporting Fashion, 1800 to 1960. The exhibition will begin its tour in Los Angeles in 2020 before traveling to domestic and international venues. See the AFA announcement here, and read the full press release below. We look forward to sharing more in the coming months about this very exciting venture! Motorcycle Belt c. 1935-1950 FIDM Museum Purchase: Funds generously donated by Dina Morgan 2014.5.70 Outdoor Girls: Sporting Fashion, 1800 to 1960 will be the first exhibition to explore the evolution... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at FIDM Museum Blog
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The fashion world has been mourning the loss of prolific designer Azzedine Alaïa, who passed away at the age of 82 on November 18, 2017. Today's post comes from Museum Coordinator Leigh Wishner, who shares her memories of meeting Monsieur Alaïa and watching the master at work. ********************************************************************************************************************* Vogue, Volume 181, Issue 11 (November 1, 1991), pp. 246-247 I know exactly when I was first smitten by Monsieur Alaïa. In my high-school days, years before I’d started down the costume and textiles career path, I was prone to ripping pages from fashion magazines that caught my eye, plastering them up... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Wedding ceremonies are full of customs passed down from family, culture, and religion, but perhaps nothing is more symbolic of Western nuptial tradition than the white wedding dress. It is a common misconception that Queen Victoria introduced the white wedding gown at her marriage to Prince Albert in 1840 – though her dress certainly popularized the trend. In fact, white was worn at the marriage celebrations of ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman societies. In addition to representing innocence and virginity, white fabric was laborious to keep clean and therefore a visible indication of wealth.[1] As sumptuous velvets, satins, brocades, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at FIDM Museum Blog
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The FIDM Museum is delighted to present the second exhibition of work created by students in the Bachelor of Arts in Design degree program. The annual exhibition features work by 36 Fashion Design, Interior Design, Product Development, Textile Design and Visual Communication graduates. Mallory Colin, Concept Designer Anne Bennion, Department Chair, outlined the mission of the major: "The Bachelor of Arts in Design degree prepares students to think creatively, critically, and divergently about the design process. Students learn to appreciate the universality of design, contextualize design problems, and blend historical and global perspectives with evolving trends as the foundation for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at FIDM Museum Blog
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The FIDM Museum is proud to be an eligible institution for the Costume Society of America's Jack Handford Summer Internship for 2018. Student applicants must be a CSA Western Region member, an undergraduate about to commence their senior year in fall 2018, or a graduate student. The winning student will receive a $2000 stipend. The Museum intern will inventory, digitize, organize and rehouse the FIDM Museum’s Special Collections. These fashion-focused, paper-based materials are currently stored throughout the Museum’s office and storage areas. The intern will gain experience in planning and executing a major collection-based project under the guidance of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Join the FIDM Museum Fashion Council on Saturday, December 9 for the opening of Thierry Mugler: Alien to Angel, an exhibition exploring the unconventional and otherworldly work of Parisian designer Thierry Mugler. The lecture day will feature an in-depth look at Mugler’s career, his inspiration from classic film costume, and the raucous French fashion scene at New York’s Henri Bendel department store in the 1980s and 90s. To get in the mood for all things Gallic, a delicious French-themed luncheon will be served. For more information and registration, click here. We hope to see you there! Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at FIDM Museum Blog
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A unique periwinkle afternoon gown stands in the flower-filled gallery of Fashion Philanthropy: The Linda & Steven Plochocki Collection. Its Japanese-imported gossamer silk textile and hand-embroidered English Tudor roses represent the distinct style of one maker: Liberty & Co., a brand synonymous with British heritage. The name immediately conjures images of the magnificent mock-Tudor emporium sprawling across London’s Regent Street – as much a part of the city’s landscape as Buckingham Palace. Afternoon Gown, Liberty & Company, Ltd. c.1908 Loan courtesy of Linda & Steven Plochocki L2017.4.11AB Detail of Afternoon Gown Though Liberty has seen many changes in its one... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at FIDM Museum Blog