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The FIDM Museum blog will be 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 during... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at FIDM Museum Blog
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The FIDM Museum blog will be 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 during... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Corset 1890s Gustav Jaeger, Designer Wool & metal Museum Purchase 2009.5.1 German physician Gustav Jaeger (1832-1917) advocated wearing wool undergarments next to the skin for health purposes in his book Sanitary Woolen System, first published in 1878. Flannel and jersey... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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We have some spooky, startling objects in our collection, including hairwork jewelry and the bat hat, but nothing beats the Mordor Orc and the Lord of the Dead prosthetic heads. Can you imagine meeting this creature in the dark corners... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Edith Head, costume designer extraordinaire, was born on this day in 1897! Head designed costumes for hundreds of films and dressed some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Kim Novak, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Mae... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Survival Jacket Franco Moschino Spring/Summer 1991 Museum Purchase 2005.5.36A-U Survival of the fashion fittest is the theme of Franco Moschino's (1950-1994) tongue-in-check Survival Jacket. Made from khaki twill, a fabric associated with military uniforms or safari gear, it features a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Thanks to FIDM Museum Registrar Meghan Hansen for today's post! It features a highlight of our collection: a gown worn by Marlene Dietrich both on-screen and off. Designed by Irene Lentz Gibbons, Dietrich's gown will be on display at the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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On Friday, October 10, members of the Western Region of the Costume Society of America gathered in Portland, Oregon for a chance to meet, greet, and talk fashion at the annual regional symposium. Held at the Museum of Contemporary Craft,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Charles Frederick Worth was born 189 years ago today, on October 13, 1825! Considered the pre-eminent fashion tastemaker of the latter nineteenth-century, Worth labeled his garments, ensuring that his creations were perpetually associated with his name, persona, and aesthetic. He... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Evening Jumpsuit Hubert de Givenchy Fall/Winter 1968 Transfer from The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology 97.291.13AB Hubert de Givenchy (b. 1927) learned his craft by training with some of the most illustrious names in 20th-century haute couture: Jacques... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Support Fashion Council’s efforts to keep The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection intact and at the FIDM Museum by “adopting” an item from the collection. Garments and accessories chosen for adoption from this exceptional collection are likely to be exhibited... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Associate Curator Christina Johnson recently traveled to the Fashion Museum in Bath, England, where she spent a week researching museum founder Doris Langley Moore, thanks to receiving a travel grant from the Costume Society of America. ******** My interest in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Diadem 1875-1900 Bolognese & Son, Jeweler Gift of Andrea Tice in memory of Carmelita Johnson 2008.46.278AB This diadem of human hair ornamented with gold and semiprecious stones appears to be a one-of-a-kind accessory. Such a unique headpiece was surely made... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Madame Grès c. 1970 Gift of Doris Raymond in honor of Kevin Jones 2011.800.2 Madame Grès (1903-1993) made no effort to create a cult of personality around her work. Instead, she was purposely obtuse, often providing opaque answers to questions... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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As today is the first full day of fall, it seems only appropriate to take a look at some of the warm and cozy garments in our collection. So, today we bring you a selection of coats and jackets, from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Thanks to everyone who attended the 3rd Annual FABULOUS! Soirée! As promised, it was an amazing evening benefiting the FIDM Museum Fashion Council's campaign for acquisition of The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection. Tickets sold out quickly and we had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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An occasional round-up of articles, events, exhibitions, and other information of interest. This week we share some reading that piqued our interest and a reminder about one of our exhibitions. ********** There's only two weekends left to visit the 8th... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Mao Dress detail Vivienne Tam Spring/Summer 1995 Museum Purchase 2007.5.2 Vivienne Tam's (b. 1958) Mao collection was a breakout success. Though she'd been designing under her own name since the early 1980s, it was her irreverent garments featuring Mao Zedong's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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In today's blog post, former intern Mari Ogino uncovers the political implications of Rudi Gernreich's Kimono dress. She traces the ways in which the undefined shape of the kimono helped liberate western women's bodies from confining garments in the late... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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What do you have planned for this last long weekend of summer? Depending on where you're located, you could be experiencing a blast of tropical heat, or the first cooling temperatures of fall. Here in Los Angeles, highs of 80-90... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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The interns are on a roll! Last week, we featured intern Rachel Panella's post on working with our extensive collection of Versace menswear. Today, intern Soquel Filice, who also spent her summer working with the Versace Menswear Archive, sheds light... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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We're so fortunate to work with talented, curious, and motivated interns! Today's post, by intern Rachel Panella, dives into a unique area of our collection: the Gianni Versace Menswear Archive. Consisting of donor Marvin Worth's extensive Versace wardrobe, the Archive... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Intern with the FIDM Museum! We are currently seeking a talented and motivated intern to assist with digital asset management, object labeling, and inventory projects. Interns must keep a weekly commitment of 15–40 hours for at least 12 weeks. This... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog
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Happy birthday to Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel! Born 130 years ago on August 19, 1883, Chanel was an innovator and savvy self-promoter. Her eponymous brand is still going strong with designer Karl Lagerfeld at the helm. In tribute to Chanel, Lagerfeld... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at FIDM Museum Blog