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Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton visited the FIDM Museum yesterday to discuss her GOT-themed jewelry collaboration with Yunus & Eliza. Before her Q&A panel in front of a packed house, Michele spoke with us about her final season designing for the blockbuster show, how taking a break to work on The Crown benefited her return to GOT, and of course that spectacular white coat. See the costumes in person at the Art of Television Costume Design exhibition - but hurry, the GOT costumes are leaving early! The final date to see them is Saturday, September 22. Michele Clapton... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Today's post was written by our 2018 Santamaura Study Grant Intern Brian Centrone. After years of being a writer and an English professor, Brian returned to school to do an M. A. in Costume Studies at New York University. His research focus has been menswear, where he has looked at the role gender, sexuality, and masculinity played in men’s eighteenth century breeches, as well as the impact nineteenth century anxieties about dress and sexuality had on the persecution of Oscar Wilde, and the establishment of the homosexual stereotype/identity. He is always looking to fill the gaps in the history of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Television is truly in a golden age – the quality that audiences experience on network, streaming, and digital platforms is equivalent to films playing on the big screen. Of course, the visual impact of television plays a big role in bringing new worlds to life for viewers, thanks to the hard work and creativity of Costume Designers. On Saturday night, the FIDM Museum and Television Academy put the spotlight on design for the annual Art of Outstanding Television Costume Design exhibition. Now in its 12th year, the exhibition highlights the mastery of both new and veteran designers for television shows... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Today's post comes from our Digital Archive intern Maureen Nyhan, who spent time with the FIDM Museum this summer working on our Michel Arnaud Fashion Photography Archive. Maureen learned digital asset management skills as she scanned and categorized collections from one designer, Yohji Yamamoto, making these images available to researchers for years to come! ********************************************************************************************************************* As a non-traditional student (returning to school after family) I felt so welcomed to the FIDM Museum family, where my amateur skills in both fashion and digital asset management (DAM) were graciously overlooked and I was treated as a valued member of the team from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Booth Moore signing copies of her book American Runway at the FIDM Museum The Hollywood Reporter journalist and author Booth Moore recently visited the FIDM Museum for a reception in honor of her new book, American Runway. The CFDA published-book looks back at the tradition of New York Fashion Week, now celebrating its 75th anniversary. After a Q&A with students, moderated by Curator Kevin Jones, Moore took a tour of Capturing the Catwalk and sat down with us to talk about fashion journalism and the process of writing American Runway. ****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** Let's start at the beginning - can you tell... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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FIDM Museum Registrar and Capturing the Catwalk Curator Meghan Hansen finishes her three-part series on the making of the exhibition. In her final post, she explores the seminal moments that made it into her "Catwalk History" slideshow. ***************************************************************************************************************** One feature of Capturing the Catwalk that I am particularly proud of is the slideshow, called “Catwalk History.” While I could only feature approximately 80 printed photographs in the gallery due to space constraints, I was able to incorporate a wider range of images in this presentation projected on the gallery wall. The runway shots are from all four fashion capitals --... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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In her next post on curating Capturing the Catwalk, Meghan Hansen explains how she created the impressive light box that sits at the entrance of the exhibition - and why it's an important part of runway history. *************************************************************************************************************************** Different people learn in different ways, so I was particularly interested in providing several different modes of experiencing Michel Arnaud’s photography. Will Arnaud examining the lightbox at the entrance of Capturing the Catwalk. Communicating the great scope and quantity of the Arnaud Archive was a particularly goal of mine. The nearly 200,000 color slides take up an entire wall of shelves in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Capturing the Catwalk: Runway Photography from the Michel Arnaud Archive is a one-of-a-kind exhibition that brings together the worlds of fashion history, photography, and the runway. Today, exhibition curator and FIDM Museum Registrar Meghan Hansen takes you behind-the-scenes of her curatorial process - the first of a three part series. **************************************************************************************************************** Capturing the Catwalk is the first FIDM Museum exhibition to feature designer clothing alongside runway photographs of the models in matching garments. This is also the first exhibition I have curated from scholarly research of primary sources, as well as the first time many of the photos and objects... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Thierry Mugler has had a busy year at the FIDM Museum; his work was recently on display in Thierry Mugler: Alien to Angel on our Orange County campus, and two of his ravishing runway looks are on view in our newly-opened Los Angeles exhibition Capturing the Catwalk: Runway Photography from the Michel Arnaud Archive, open until July 7. With more of his designs on display in Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a massive retrospective planned at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Mugler is definitely having a moment. (Note: all photographs... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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On Wednesday, May 23, the FIDM Museum welcomed photographer Michel Arnaud, along with his family, friends, and colleagues, to celebrate the opening of Capturing the Catwalk: Runway Photography from the Michel Arnaud Archive. The exhibition is the first to showcase his work spanning over two decades in the fashion industry; it highlights his contributions to the field (including advances in camera technology), and explores the ever-changing world of the runway - from fashion capitals and editorial visions to haute couture and supermodels. The photographs are shown alongside dress, accessories, and special collection objects from the FIDM Museum Permanent Collection. The... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Did you follow along with our Royal Wedding Week celebrations? Every day last week leading up to the spectacular wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle (who hails from our very own Los Angeles), we shared an object in the FIDM Museum Collection with royal provenance on our social media platforms. We are proud that our Museum holds one of the largest collections of royal dress in the country, and it's important to us to share these precious objects with our community! Don't worry if you missed a day; we're recapping the week for you below. You also have... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at FIDM Museum Blog
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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