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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 13 hours ago 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 2 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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Join FIDM students and staff tomorrow night, May 13, from 4pm to 7pm for a reception celebrating Let Them Eat Cake: Marie Antoinette Re-Mixed, a display of fashion illustrations by FIDM students inspired by our current exhibition Opulent Art: 18th-Century... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Improvements in European agriculture during the first decades of the nineteenth century resulted in a glut of straw, a by-product of cereal crops such as barley and wheat. Straw found its way from the farm to fashion due to its... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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When Italian-born, New York-based designer Giorgio di Sant'Angelo (1933-1989) launched his label in 1969, he quickly became known for his colorful, intricately constructed gowns inspired by ethnic dress and Renaissance and Symbolist painting. In contrast to the starkly minimalist Space... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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The tea gown was the Victorian equivalent of the Slanket: a loose, comfortable garment worn at home, for informal afternoon gatherings of intimate friends around the tea table. In an era when rigid padding and corseting were the fashionable ideal,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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In the 1920s, America's booming economy sent real estate prices--and buildings--soaring sky-high in crowded cities like New York and Chicago, where land was scarce and there was nowhere to go but up. Towering new edifices of glass and steel rose... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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With our annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition closing this weekend, the FIDM Museum is looking ahead to coming attractions. This summer will bring to our galleries historic avant-garde fashion, Scarlett O'Hara-style hoopskirts, and fashionable flowers in permanent... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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The first Earth Day--celebrated 45 years ago on April 22, 1970--marked the founding of the modern environmental movement. Saving the planet was one of many social causes of the 1970s, along with women's liberation, gay rights, and ending the Vietnam... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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This is the last week to see the current FIDM Museum exhibition Art of Motion Picture Costume Design, featuring costumes from all five films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design (including winner The Grand Budapest Hotel, with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Fashion landed on the moon long before man did. In the early 1960s, in the throes of the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union, French couture designers like Pierre Cardin, Andre Courrèges, and Paco Rabanne sent... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Spring is in the air! Flowers have long symbolized the simplicity and transience of youth, making them perfect ornaments for these three girl's ensembles in the FIDM Museum's collection. United States c 1897 2007.897.3 Gift of Steven Porterfield This violet-strewn... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Nearly six months after his death, the late Oscar de la Renta is remembered for creating elegant, feminine gowns for socialites, First Ladies, and denizens of the red carpet. But his early collections were straight out of the the swinging... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Just in time for Easter bonnet inspiration, the FIDM Museum's Orange County Gallery is presenting A Century of Millinery Style: Hats from the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, open through June 17. The installation--a modified version of one displayed at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Marley Healy is a recent graduate of the MA program in Fashion Curation at the London College of Fashion. While in London, Marley worked on a variety of curatorial projects including exhibitions with the Rambert ballet company archive, the University... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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For my first blog post as the FIDM Museum’s new Social Media Manager, I could not resist writing about an extraordinary survival from my favorite period in fashion history: the eighteenth century. Figaro Costume (Jacket, Vest, Breeches) Europe, 1790-1810 Silk... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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By Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell Today, the FIDM Museum Blog says goodbye to our founding blogger, Rachel Harris, who has moved on to a new position in Seattle. As the Museum’s new Social Media Manager, I’ll be taking over blogging duties as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Join us on Saturday, March 28 at 3 pm for a free concert in the park from LA Opera! The FIDM Museum is collaborating with LA Opera for their Figaro Unbound season in celebration of our exhibition Opulent Art: 18th-Century... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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If you missed the March 1 deadline for Summer Internship opportunities at the FIDM Museum, you have an extra week to get your application turned in. Send your cover letter and resume to internships@FIDMmuseum.org by March 9 to be considered... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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We've been looking forward to this day for a long time! Beginning at 10am today, two new FIDM Museum exhibitions are open: the 23rd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition and Opulent Art: 18th-Century Dress from the Helen... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog