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Boater Spring/Summer 1988 Karl Lagerfeld Straw, cotton Museum Purchase 2007.5.5 Mariner hats—known as boaters—have been popular with women since the 1880s, when they were stylish accessories for yachting ensembles and tailored suits patterned after menswear. Karl Lagerfeld (b. 1938) has... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at FIDM Museum Blog
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The FIDM Museum currently has openings for two exhibition installers and one administrative assistant. See below for more information on applying for these positions. To apply, please follow the instructions listed in the job description. EXHIBITION INSTALLERS We’re hiring exhibition... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at FIDM Museum Blog
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The mastermind behind the Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition is Michael Black, FIDM Museum Coordinator. Having worked on this annual exhibition for over 10 years, Mike has a deep understanding of the costume design industry. This knowledge... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at FIDM Museum Blog
Charles Rennie Mackintosh did indeed create a stylized rose motif. Mackintosh's most influential work was completed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, during the Art Nouveau period. In the 1920s, the stylized rose was typically more closely associated with Paul Iribe and Art Deco design. Iribe, a multi-talented artist, created a number of textile patterns featuring "his" stylized rose. Whether or not Iribe was influenced by Mackintosh is another question entirely! While Iribe was surely familiar with Mackintosh's work, it will take more research to determine the links between their respective roses.
Interesting! Thanks for the info...we'll look into the possibility that it's a drill team ribbon.
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Day dress c. 1923 Cotton lawn with machine embroidery Gift of Mary Davenport 2000.219.2 Made from cool, lightweight cotton lawn, this sleeveless 1920s dress is the perfect spring frock. Like many fashionable 1920s dresses, it is shaped only by minimal... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at FIDM Museum Blog
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Happy birthday to Dame Vivienne Westwood! Born on April 8, 1941, Westwood's career has spanned generations of fashion, from 1970s punk to her more recent interest in historicism. Today we salute her work by taking a close look at a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Today we bring you the final installment in Registrar Meghan Hansen's three-part series on producing the Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition. Today's post answers one of the most common questions about this annual exhibition: “Is [insert name of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Part two of Registrar Meghan Hansen's three-part post on producing the 22nd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition. Today's post focuses on a fascinating aspect of the process: matching costumes to mannequins. ********** As I mentioned in my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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When you visit the 22nd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition, you'll see a flawless display of more than 100 costumes. Of course, those mannequins didn't dress themselves! Today's post, written by FIDM Museum Registrar Meghan Hansen, describes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
Hello again Judy! Unfortunately, we are unable to offer valuations of objects due to our ethical standards. I'd suggest searching online auction sites to see if you can find any comparable or similar objects. Sorry we can't be of more help! Best of luck.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2014 on Crochet at FIDM Museum Blog
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Artfully Adorned: Jewelry from the Christie Romero Collection Presented in the Annette Green Fragrance Archive Monday–Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm FREE! Scottish Knot Brooch 1850-1860 Silver & agate Gift of Jimmie Romero in memory of Christie Romero 2012.943.5 Artfully... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
Hi Logan, Thanks for your email! It's great to have this information. Thanks for getting in touch with us!
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2014 on Movie Modes hat at FIDM Museum Blog
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Open now at the FIDM Museum, BLISS: 19th-Century Wedding Gowns from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection explores the evolving silhouette of 19th-century wedding gowns. From the simple sheaths of the First Empire to the complicated draperies of the Gilded... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Spring has officially arrived! March 20 was the first day of the spring in the Northern Hemisphere. From here on out, the weather gradually gets warmer and days are longer. Warm days encourage colorful spring flowers to bloom: cherry blossoms,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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We are delighted that objects from the FIDM Museum collection are featured in Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s at the Museum at FIT in New York City. Our contribution to this exhibition consists of eight... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Giorgio di Sant’ Angelo c. 1968-1972 Printed polyester chiffon, silk flowers Gift of Anonymous Donor 95.40.3 Giorgio di Sant' Angelo's (1933-1989) exuberant aesthetic was informed by a variety of historic and cultural references. His 1969 Klimt dress, a fantasy of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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In today's post, Associate Curator Christina Johnson takes a fond last look at Modern Love. Filled with evocative images, this post offers Christina's visual perspective on the deinstallation of this exhibition. As she describes, removing labels, undressing mannequins, and returning... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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During every exhibition, we offer Curator Tours, an opportunity for visitors to experience exhibitions in the company of a FIDM Museum Curator. Recently, Curator Kevin Jones led a very unique tour. Read on to find out more! ********** I receive... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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The Great Gatsby costumes by Catherine Martin, 2014 Oscar® Winner for Costume Design & Best Production Design. (L to R) Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
Hello Dawn, What a lucky find! As I mentioned in the post, I wasn't able to find specific information on the "Movie Modes" brand, but there's a wealth of info available on the ways in which studios promoted film costumes to manufacturers for everyday dress. Try looking at the two sources listed in the post. Also, I'd try keyword searches for Movie Modes in a database that has access to historic newspapers. We use Proquest often and find it very useful. Your local public or university library should be able to help you with this. Fashion periodicals from the approximate date of your hat will also be helpful, though these can be harder to access. Finally, I should note that this post was published in 2011. I haven't delved into this topic since my initial research, so it's quite possible that there's new information now available online. Good luck with your search for info on your Movie Modes hat!
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2014 on Movie Modes hat at FIDM Museum Blog
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In today's post, Associate Curator Christina Johnson takes us to Bendigo, Australia. As we've described here and here, we spent much of 2013 preparing Modern Love for exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery in Bendigo, Australia. In this post, Christina... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Interested in an internship at the FIDM Museum? If so, the time to apply is now! We are currently seeking applicants for our Summer 2014 internship. Application materials are due March 1, 2014. Keep reading for more information on this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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The modern wedge shoe was developed by Italian shoe maker Salvatore Ferragamo (1898-1960) during the 1930s. Starting in the 1920s, Ferragamo designed stylish, trend-setting shoes for Greta Garbo, Paulette Goddard, Claudette Colbert, Clare Boothe Luce, the Duchess of Windsor and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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By popular demand, today's post features more images of the 22nd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition, including a few shots captured at the opening night party. Opening night is always a grand affair, with everyone dressed to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog