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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Lana Turner
    a soda at a Sunset Boulevard soda fountain While sitting at the counter Turner was spotted by William Wilkerson publisher of movie magazine The Hollywood Reporter Wilkerson approached Turner then known as Julia Turner asking if she d like to be in pictures This chance meeting led to a small role in the 1937 film They Won t Forget As the murder victim at the center of the plot Turner wore a tight fitted sweater Though her on screen appearance was brief Turner was a hit Audience response cards and fan mail begged for more of the Sweater Girl aka Lana Turner Throughout the 1930s and 40s Turner starred in succession of films including a highly praised performance in The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946 Off screen Turner s personal life also had a cinematic arc Turner reportedly enjoyed Hollywood nightlife and was romantically linked with a succession of married and unmarried men Turner s life both off and on the screen was well covered in the press The rate at which Turner switched romantic partners was considered somewhat scandalous and MGM sometimes engaged in damage control regarding Turner s personal life For example when Turner slashed her wrist in

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Lanvin
    1946 fashion figure is a mystery It may have been associated with an extensive display of figures at the International Silk Exhibition held in New York City s Grand Central Palace in 1921 1 Its construction is unusual a flat wooden body with lightly padded contours covered with flesh colored silk crêpe and articulated copper arms with flipper like hands in the angular Art Deco style The haughty painted face with its target like rouge mimics the highly stylized makeup of the maison s super attenuated fashion plate figures A corresponding croquis from the Lanvin Archive reveals this modѐle s title Rose Poupon which translates to Plump Rose It is also a play on words referencing the fashion figures of the eighteenth century called poupées or dolls that were sent worldwide to showcase the latest Paris fashions Lanvin s romantic robe de style a full skirted dress with concentrations of gathers at the hips was the antithesis of the sleek tubular silhouette that dominated the 1920s Gathered ribbon roses with hand tinted pink centers trim the neckline and form a trellis on the skirt They were called roses de Polignac after Gabrielle comtesse de Polignac 1749 1793 confidant of Queen Marie Antoinette 1755 1793 Lanvin s daughter and muse Marie Blanche 1897 1958 was a twentieth century comtesse de Polignac 1 Vogue April 1 1921 42 43 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 4 TrackBack 0 July 13 2010 The Little Girl look and nostalgia in fashion During the later years of the 1960s the little girl look was prominent in fashion Many women dressed in loose A line shift dresses similar to those worn by little girls and accessorized with items hairbows headbands flat shoes associated with youth Twiggy with her childlike appearance and demeanor is the iconic representation

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Lanz
    Lanz of Salzburg specialized in ski wear and traditional Austrian dress Salzburg was also home to the newly established and increasingly popular Salzburg Festival Founded in 1920 the Salzburg Festival s summer program of music and theatre quickly attracted international attention By the early 1930s the Salzburg Festival was a fixture on the international event calendar and attracted visitors from around the world Lanz benefited from the popularity of the

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Liberty & Co.
    plan In addition to stocking imported textiles Liberty Co soon began commissioning furnishing and dress textiles from known and emerging artisans These textiles were all marketed under the name Liberty Art Fabrics The most distinct of these textiles were densely patterned and often borrowed imagery from the natural world One pattern frequently associated with Liberty Co features overlapping sprays of peacock feathers This pattern was designed in the late 1880s and is still used by Liberty Co today Other textiles were soft solid color silks in a variety of weights Whether patterned or plain Liberty textiles were prized for their softness and graceful drape Continue reading Liberty Co evening gown c 1910 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 4 TrackBack 0 December 22 2009 Smocked frock Between the 1750s and the late 19th century rural Englishmen wore voluminous smocks when working outdoors Usually made of rough homespun most smocks had long full sleeves and ended at mid calf Though entirely functional smocks often featured decorative embroidery around the cuffs bodice or neckline Called smocking it was more than mere decorative embellishment Because smocking consisted of stitches passed over areas of gathered fabric it created stretch in an otherwise non stretch

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Lily Hanbury
    business of survival 1 Despite its appeal to the lower classes theatrical entertainment was also popular among the elite Queen Victoria and Prince Albert frequently attended the London theatre and had a particular interest in Shakespearean productions Naturally theatrical productions required talented performers With some exceptions men filled most of the roles required to stage plays including writing scripts managing theatrical troupes directing and producing Popular actresses however frequently surpassed

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Louella Ballerino
    1946 Photo of donor in the coral and black crop top 1946 Gift of Patricia Marks During the mid 1940s the crop top or midriff top was widely popular Exposed midriffs were seen in swimsuits playsuits and even evening gowns A Jan 1946 fashion spread in the New York Times highlighted full length evening gowns with exposed midriffs and cut out backs The accompanying copy reads Fashion is baring the midriff this season not only for sports wear but for evening 1 As the photo above documents the bare midriff was more than a trend promoted by the fashion press it was also adopted by the woman in the street Continue reading Top five posts of 2011 Louella Ballerino crop top 1946 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 July 22 2011 Louella Ballerino crop top 1946 In 2003 a black and coral crop top was donated to the FIDM Museum The top is of coral silk with black silk appliques in a stylized floral pattern Accompanying the donation was a snapshot of the donor actually wearing the top We love this kind of supporting documentation Here s the photo taken someplace in southern California and dated 1946 Photo of donor in the coral and black crop top 1946 Gift of Patricia Marks Continue reading Louella Ballerino crop top 1946 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 4 TrackBack 0 August 05 2009 Louella Ballerino Louella Ballerino Who s that Though you may not recognize her name her design sensibility was crucial to the creation and popularization of the California look casual functional colorful clothing designed to complement the relaxed California lifestyle Her career began in 1929 when economic necessity led Ballerino to begin work as a free lance fashion illustrator in Los Angeles She also held a full

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Lucien Lelong
    Full Dress and Golden Grotto lipsticks have been featured on our blog This group of objects was graciously donated by Monique Fink wife of artist Peter Fink who worked for Monsieur Lelong as package designer and interior decorator Mr Fink went on to discover the camera and became a reputable photographer and artist of the twentieth century Parfums Lucien Lelong The Peter Fink Collection a new exhibit in the Annette Green Fragrance Archive highlights selected examples of Peter Fink s work for Parfums Lucien Lelong Ting a Ling Perfume Bottle Lucien Lelong c 1949 Gift of Monique Fink F2006 877 45AB Continue reading Parfums Lucien Lelong The Peter Fink Collection Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 1 TrackBack 0 August 19 2010 Lucien Lelong lipstick packaging The use of makeup by American women grew exponentially during the first half of the twentieth century In the beginning of the century makeup was primarily an urban phenomenon gradually spreading to other areas through increased marketing and a wider range of available products By the 1940s makeup application was a generally accepted part of a woman s daily routine For many women however daily makeup consisted primarily of lipstick rouge and powder as the more exotic mascara and eyeshadow were worn primarily by the most daring and fashion forward women During World War II wearing makeup was considered almost a patriotic duty for women of the Allied nations Despite the limitation of some ingredients due to wartime shortages many types of makeup were widely available In the late 1940s makeup colors and packaging were tuned to seasonal changes in fashion Women began to purchase specific lipsticks or nail polish for each season as they did clothing Packaging was often extravagant and fanciful as demonstrated by this late 1940s Lucien Lelong lipstick tube Lipstick

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Lucile
    and her sister Elinor Years later Lucile s hobby would become the foundation of an internationally successful business After the dissolution of her first marriage in 1888 Lucile was left with no means of supporting herself and her young daughter Lacking any other professionally viable skills Lucile turned to dressmaking At first Lucile worked as a society dressmaker in London under her married name Mrs James Wallace Her business expanded rapidly and by 1894 she operated under the name Maison Lucile eventually incorporating as Lucile Ltd in 1903 By this time Lucile s reputation was international In 1907 the American edition of Pearson s Magazine encouraged all American travelers to visit Lucile Ltd when in London as the proprietress was pleased to open wide her doors to all Americans even if they have no intention of purchasing 1 Within a few years Lucile would open international branches of her store to fulfil the demand for her designs Lucile Ltd New York opened in 1910 followed by a Paris store in 1911 and a Chicago store in 1915 Lucile c 1917 Gift of Anonymous Donor 91 40 5 Continue reading Top five posts of 2011 Lucile Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 February 17 2011 Lucile As a child Lucile Sutherland 1863 1935 designed and sewed clothing for both herself and her sister Elinor Years later Lucile s hobby would become the foundation of an internationally successful business After the dissolution of her first marriage in 1888 Lucile was left with no means of supporting herself and her young daughter Lacking any other professionally viable skills Lucile turned to dressmaking At first Lucile worked as a society dressmaker in London under her married name Mrs James Wallace Her business expanded rapidly and by 1894 she operated under the

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