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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Giveaway
    other comments as we move forward with adding more of our objects to the website In the meantime stay tuned to our blog where we ll continue to provide you with a detailed look at selected objects in our collection And don t miss our free summer seminar tomorrow night Beginning at 6 30 p m we ll host a discussion with noted film and television costume designers on the LBD and it s significance to film and fashion This seminar is held in conjunction with our current exhibition LBD Little Black Dress An Homage to Breakfast at Tiffany s open through August 13 2011 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 July 07 2011 New website and book giveaway Remember back in March when we told you that we d be working on a new website Well we re finished Please give a warm welcome to fidmmuseum org our new website Our goal was to create a visually stunning site which facilitates user friendly online research into our collections Within the new site we have made it easier for users to find general information make donations to the Museum and learn more about upcoming events and exhibitions The site is a living document of the FIDM Museum and we plan to make continual upgrades and improvements To celebrate the launch of fidmmuseum org and our current Little Black Dress exhibition we re giving away one copy of The Black Dress by Valerie Steele To enter this giveaway take a look at fidmmuseum org and let us know what you think We re interested in your input on the following questions Is the site easy to use and navigate What content did you find most useful Is the site visually appealing Any suggestions for improvements or additions to the site Leave a comment on this blog post with your reactions to the new website and you ll be entered in The Black Dress book giveaway The giveaway closes on Wednesday July 13 2011 at 5 p m PST One winner will be selected by random number generator from all comments As we make changes and improvements to our website all of your comments will be taken into consideration We value your input so let us know what you think And don t forget to visit our current exhibition LBD Little Black Dress An Homage to Breakfast at Tiffany s through August 13 2011 Monique Lhuillier FIDM Alum Resort 2010 washed organdy cocktail dress worn by Mila Kunis Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier Adelle Burda Recent FIDM Alum Knitted dress adorned with black Swarovski crystals Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 23 TrackBack 0 March 25 2011 Bill Cunningham New York ticket giveaway Bill Cunningham New York opens today in Los Angeles Starting today the film will be playing at the Nuart Theatre for one week only Thanks to Zeitgeist Films and the Nuart Theatre we have 2 passes to giveaway The passes are for the Wednesday March 30 7

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Gloves
    in fashion from an early age In a 1986 interview the designer recounted his experience attending the Ebony Fashion Fair a traveling fashion show featuring black models I didn t have money and I had to fight my way to get there because even at age 12 I knew I wanted to be a designer 2 Kelly persevered working a series fashion related odd jobs in Atlanta and New York where he studied fashion at Parsons before moving to Paris Arriving in Paris with almost no money Kelly began selling his own designs on the street in front of a fashionable boutique These early creations were popular and the charismatic designer was eventually able to launch his own line Patrick Kelly often decorated his body conscious designs with three dimensional elements including tiny ribbon bows dice plastic black baby dolls and buttons Buttons were a particular favorite and Kelly always credited his grandmother as the inspiration behind his attachment to buttons As a child Kelly frequently lost buttons His grandmother would replace the missing buttons with mismatched buttons When Kelly complained she began peppering his clothing with purely decorative completely unmatched buttons As a designer Kelly turned this embarrassing memory into one of his trademarks 1 Morris Bernadette Tongue in Cheek Couture New York Times July 31 1987 B10 2 Hyde Nina From Pauper to the Prints of Paris The Washington Post 9 Nov 1986 G1 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 March 22 2012 Lace mitts If these black mitts remind you of circa 1980s Madonna you re not alone The first time I encountered a pair of black 19th century mitts I instantly remembered the fingerless lace gloves Madonna wore throughout much of the 1980s She wears a black pair in the video for her

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Grace Kelly
    museum to install a garment that is being loaned to an exhibition Generally the borrowing institution is within driving distance I just returned from such a trip last week and while I didn t drive my car I did go by bus that is by Qantas Airbus the largest passenger plane in the world that can transport more than 500 people at a time My destination was Bendigo Australia in

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Gustav Jaeger
    1878 Flannel and jersey underwear made of undyed sheep s wool was believed to conserve vital energy prevent microorganisms from penetrating the skin and wick perspiration away from the body Jaeger considered linen and cotton undesirable because they retained dampness causing illness The doctor discouraged dyes because he believed they contained harmful chemicals that were absorbed by the bloodstream Dr Jaeger s company made and marketed union suits under vests corset and socks they were available to purchase directly from his depots in London and New York City as well as through authorized mail order catalogs This rare heather gray wool Jaeger corset is a remarkable contrast to fashionable examples of the same period made from rigid steam molded cotton coutille or dyed silk The lightly boned knit stretched easily over the torso making it a healthier and more comfortable alternative to tight lacing The Jaeger corset was part of a larger movement towards dress reform Beginning in the mid nineteenth century many in the UK and US began to decry the supposed health hazards of women s dress For those interested in dress reform layers of petticoats and constricting corsets were considered cumbersome unhealthful and even dangerous New ideas

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Hairwork jewelry
    how did you keep the blog current after you left Most readers don t realize that since it began the blog was written in Seattle Washington I worked for three years at the Museum and then wanted to return to the Seattle area Curator Kevin Jones and Museum Director Barbara Bundy were game to give my blog proposal a try even though I was already living back in Seattle As we all know the internet offers amazing connectivity I was able to do most research via my computer while also visiting local libraries For object images I had access to the FIDM Museum collections database What have been some unexpected responses to the blog Our curators travel often for research and conferences On several occasions they ve mentioned that new contacts have read our blog It always made me do a double take when I heard this I couldn t believe that my writing and research reached so many people What s next for you Writing the FIDM Museum blog and managing the Museum s social media has been a true privilege I ve enjoyed it immensely and look forward to seeing how these platforms will grow and change under new leadership Currently I m currently working at the Seattle Art Museum on a grant funded project related to SAM s collection of Japanese art It s a big change from researching writing and managing social media for the FIDM Museum It s great to know that whenever I need a jolt of fashion history the FIDM Museum blog will be there We re excited to welcome Rachel to the blog s band of loyal readers Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 1 TrackBack 0 September 30 2014 Hairwork diadem 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 for a specific person either from her own hair or from that of a loved one The use of hair to craft tokens of friendship love or mourning goes back centuries and took many forms including earrings necklaces brooches rings or in this case a headdress The wired shape and metallurgic techniques of the golden appliqué at center suggest this diadem dates to the last quarter of the nineteenth century Its floral symbolism and stone selection signify that it was worn at a time of mourning the thorny acanthus leaves set with a mauve garnet connote the pain of separation at death the turquoise mounted flowers on either side are forget me nots and the pearl trimmed buds represent the tears of the gods 1 This diadem was donated to the FIDM Museum along with its accompanying white satin case Made for this piece the case is stamped with the name of the jeweler who created it Bolognese Son Bologna Italy Though some hairwork was

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Halston
    I was asked by Halston to do portraits of his best friends Marisa Berenson Loulou de la Falaise Elsa Peretti and many more in 1970 David Croland Debbie Harry Photograph early 1990s Please tell us about the drawing of the woman s face that we chose for the exhibition s brand Why was it made Was there a specific inspiration or muse Looking at it today what do you like about it The drawing in your show was done for Henri Bendel as part of a shop where I painted the walls with my drawings and that face was used as a poster Donald Damask was the creative director and Geraldine Stutz was the boss The drawing was a bold graphic image that I believe spoke for the time and still looks fresh today David Croland Illustration 1992 FIDM Museum Collection Gift of Joan Beer Damask and Donald Damask Today photography is more prevalent in fashion magazine editorials and advertisements than drawings are Why do you think this is How do drawings communicate differently than photographs Drawings have a fantasy element that speaks to individuals in a different way than photos Less literal More dreamlike and they take the viewer on a different trip David Croland Illustration New York City Ballet Gala Poster early 1990s What are the pros and cons of digital photography vs traditional film photography How does the experience as photographer and sitter differ All good photography is based in the light the photographer uses Digital or film it is so much about how the light is on the model daylight tungsten or flash It s the light location and the attitude of the photographer and the model and how they click together to create an inspiring interesting image David Croland Photograph 2000 Would you describe some of your favorite projects or most memorable clients I have worked for so many clients The Halston portraits took one year to complete because he kept adding women that inspired him to the list That kept me busy and inspired also It was always fun to do fashion previews for Vogue Bazaar and Elle where I would be booked for a week at the magazine to work with the editors and editor in chief to create images of the clothes shoes bags and jewelry that were not yet in the stores These would be sent out in the fashion world to inspire and inform people of the coming looks for each season David Croland Fashion illustration late 1990s Where do you find your inspiration today Beauty of all sorts inspire me In the eye of the beholder Nature The ocean space colors the elaborate Couture ballet museums People animals vistas and new views in new places What advice would you have for our students who would like to become photographers or illustrators in today s fashion industry To students of any age I would say draw paint and create what interests you the most Look at things from different angles

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Hanae Mori
    Hanae Mori c 1968 1970 Printed silk twill printed silk crepe silk crepe Gift of Anonymous Donor 2012 40 9AB By 1965 when Hanae Mori b 1926 first showed her designs outside of her native Japan she was already a tremendous success at home She had five retail outlets in Tokyo including a salon for custom designs branch stores throughout Japan seven factories manufacturing ready to wear a weekly column

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Hand Fan
    painted their own fan designs blank paper fans were sold specifically for this purpose Fans also had unique communicative properties Held in the hand a fan intensified every gesture In an era when women were bound by strict ideas regarding personal decorum fans could help entice or discourage potential suitors At public gatherings fans could be used to shield oneself from a too persistent gaze or to shelter the whisper of a bending escort 2 The London branch of Duvelleroy reinforced the notion of fan communication by including printed instructions in The Language of the Fan with each fan sold 3 Duvelleroy wasn t alone in promoting this language numerous versions of The Language of the Fan were in circulation during the nineteenth century Though the exact meaning of these gestures may have escaped the recipient their codification reinforces the notion that fans were used to facilitate romantic communication A contemporary version of Duvelleroy s fan language can be found here 1 Seen in the Shops Evening Toilette Accessories Vogue Dec 5 1895 394 2 Her Point of View New York Times Dec 7 1890 12 3 Beaujot Ariel Victorian Fashion Accessories London Berg 2012 77 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 December 18 2013 Duvelleroy fan bag 1890s Fan bag 1890s Georges Duvelleroy Museum Purchase 2008 5 28 Luxury fan maker Jean Pierre Duvelleroy 1802 1889 founded his namesake company in 1827 By the late nineteenth century Duvelleroy was the most prestigious éventailliste fan maker in Paris Fan making was a highly competitive endeavor uniting the best artisans of the day carvers jewelers painters and lace makers Seasonal trends meant tremendous sales or else failure for these specialty shops Therefore Georges Duvelleroy 1856 1930 diversified the items sold in his father s Rue de la Paix establishment including offering luxurious bags This example was probably custom made to complement an ensemble the same silk brocade and velvet iridescent taffeta and mother of pearl embroidery could be seen on elaborate opera toilettes of the time This model has an unusual tulip shape with four long vertical openings that allowed a lady to easily tuck in or pull out a closed fan without opening the drawstrings or removing the bag from her wrist As with other fashion accessories fans offered women an opportunity to display discerning taste personal style and financial status Folding fans were available at all price points from delicate one of a kind masterpieces to inexpensive paper fans imported from Japan The most desirable fans were produced in France with Duvelleroy as the leading maison In December 1895 Vogue noted that diamond covered fans cost up to 400 while charming and graceful painted Spanish fans could be had for as little as 5 1 As a hobby some women painted their own fan designs blank paper fans were sold specifically for this purpose Fans also had unique communicative properties Held in the hand a fan intensified every gesture In an era when women were bound

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