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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 3 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
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FIDM Museum Storage, Rudi Gernreich Archive The FIDM Museum & Library, Inc has been selected to participate in the highly regarded Museum Assessment Program (MAP) in Collections Stewardship. Through guided intensive self-study and an on-site consultation with a museum professional,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Join FIDM Museum's Fashion Council for an exceptional afternoon at the FIDM Museum on February 23, 2015. The event will begin with a Royal Tea and a private Chamber Concert by the LA Opera. Dr. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell's presentation on 18th-century... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
Hi Carolyn, Thanks for checking with us regarding citation info! The article was written by Rachel Harris (FIDM Museum staff), or you can simply credit the FIDM Museum. Good luck with your essay!
Toggle Commented Feb 2, 2015 on Morning gown, c. 1895 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Fashion draws its influences from an incredible array of sources--from ancient civilizations to the signs of the zodiac. With Super Bowl XLIX taking place this weekend, we wondered if any of the garments in our collection were influenced by football.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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FIDM Museum is thrilled to announce that LONDON will be the next destination for the 2015 Fashion Council Voyage! Next summer, London will play host to several world-renowned fashion exhibitions, including the ground-breaking Alexander McQueen retrospective Savage Beauty at the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
Hi Stella, I'd suggest looking around online and keeping your eyes open. Charles James patterns are rare, but you might be able to find some on Ebay, Etsy or the Simplicity website for vintage patterns (http://www.simplicity.com/c-390-vintage.aspx). I hope this helps!
Hi Diane, Unfortunately, our code of ethics prohibit FIDM Museum staff from making appraisals or offering valuations. I'd suggest sleuthing around online to see if you are able to find any comparable bottles. These might offer you an idea as to the value of your piece. Good luck!
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2015 on Mae West objects on display at FIDM Museum Blog
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With the Golden Globe Awards just past and the Academy Awards one month away, it's the time of year when red carpet fashions are on our mind. The red carpet as an arena for a celebrity viewing probably first emerged... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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On February 10, 2015, the FIDM Museum & Galleries opens two new exhibitions. The 23rd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition presents the best film costumes of 2014. The exhibition includes a range of costume genres, from fairytale... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog
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The FIDM Museum blog is on hiatus through early January 2015. In the meantime, enjoy weekly posts from the archives. To keep up with our current projects, find us on Facebook and Twitter, which will be updated regularly. Giorgio di... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at FIDM Museum Blog