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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Marlene Dietrich
    00 am to 5 00 pm As always the exhibition is FREE Information on booking a guided tour of the exhibition can be found here During the run of the exhibition look forward to a series of blog posts about objects and costume designers featured in the exhibition First up a pair of Delman evening shoes worn by Marlene Dietrich As the label on the insole indicates these shoes were made Especially For Marlene Dietrich Eye and light catching we believe these glittering heels were worn by Dietrich during one of her popular 1950s nightclub appearances Evening Shoes Worn by Marlene Dietrich 1950s Delman Silk satin glass rhinestones marcasite metallic cord leather Department of Recreation and Parks City of Los Angeles FIDM Museum L88 1 213AB Continue reading Marlene Dietrich s evening shoes Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 3 TrackBack 0 January 25 2010 Howard Greer Today s post on Howard Greer was written by costume historian Shelly Foote From 1994 2004 Shelly worked with the Costume Collection at The National Museum of American History as the Assistant Chair in the Division of Social History Retired since 2004 Shelly is closely involved with the Costume Society of America and is also researching a book on Howard Greer As part of this process Shelly has examined and researched Howard Greer garments in the FIDM Museum collection In this post Shelly shares some of her findings on the work of Howard Greer HOWARD GREER Howard Greer 1896 1974 born in Illinois and raised in Nebraska was fascinated by the world of fashion and theater as a young man So after college he pursued and obtained a position with Lucile Lady Duff Gordon first at her establishment in Chicago and then in New York After his military service in World War I he asked to be mustered out in Paris where he reconnected with Lucile He returned to New York in 1921 After designing a few garments for the theater he was offered a job in Hollywood with Famous Players Lasky later Paramount He designed for many films which featured the silent movie star Pola Negri Unfortunately many of these movies have been lost In 1925 he was made head of the wardrobe department In 1927 Greer opened a couture salon in Hollywood patterned after the House of Lucile both in how the salon looked and how the garments were made Patronized by Hollywood movie stars his collections were featured in movie and fashion magazines and Women s Wear Daily Garments were rumored to take weeks to produce required frequent fittings and were notoriously expensive 1 Garments made by Greer incorporated fine quality fabrics and were beautifully finished Greer continued to design for the movies on a freelance basis most famously for Mary Pickford in Coquette 1929 and Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby 1938 Greer and Travis Banton who had also worked at Paramount formed a short lived partnership in 1938 FIDM Museum owns the only known existing garment from this

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Mary McFadden
    FIDM Museum Shop Mary McFadden January 28 2011 Mary McFadden If you read our recent post on Mariano Fortuny this dress may look somewhat familiar Slim columnar and featuring narrow pleats this Mary McFadden b 1938 dress is reminiscent of Fortuny s iconic Delphos dress Though both share an obvious interest in the dress of ancient Greece unlike Fortuny s unstructured silk gowns this McFadden evening dress uses boning to

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Menswear
    his Tokyo design studio in 1970 focused on creating ready to wear clothing Sometimes my clothes are radical probably sometimes challenging but I try not to fear radical things he explained 1 Miyake s Spring Summer 2001 menswear collection was termed Pneumatic pret a porter by the fashion press due to the air filled padding built into many of the garments This vivid ensemble was inspired by American football uniforms The blazer is constructed of printed nylon mesh generally reserved for team jerseys the knickers contain inflatable plastic bladders inserted over the outer thighs and knees to mimic players protective gear The clothing morphs the wearer s body into that of a sports hero enlarging his frame into an imposing physique while cushioning it to withstand the blows of stressful urban living 1 Wilcox Claire Radical Fashion London Victoria Albert Museum 2001 112 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 June 15 2013 Vest watch fob 1855 65 Vest United States 1855 65 Gift of the Napa County Historical Society 2009 1001 11 By the mid nineteenth century male attire was configured into a standard three piece suit consisting of a jacket vest and trousers Almost a uniform the three piece suit was worn for business daywear country sportswear and formal eveningwear Though the variations were more subtle than those seen in womenswear men could find ways to express their personality and style within this sartorial framework Continue reading Vest watch fob 1855 65 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 May 24 2013 United States Army Air Forces dress uniform c 1943 Freedom s On Me an exhibition of Poto Leifi s poignant stylized portraits of fallen soldiers opens today This free exhibit will be open daily 10 am 5 pm through June 1 including Memorial Day In honor of this commemorative exhibit and Memorial Day today s blog post features a World War II military uniform If you can read their meaning insignia worn on military uniforms offer a tremendous amount of information about the wearer Each pin or badge signifies something specific including rank accomplishments special skills length of service location of service and honors To those outside the military the variety and meaning of these insignia can be bewildering To those in the know insignia offer a way to quickly establish who s in charge and help situate members of the military in relation to each other United States Army Air Forces dress uniform c 1943 Gift of Fullerton Museum Collection 97 1942 980 51A D Continue reading United States Army Air Forces dress uniform c 1943 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 10 TrackBack 0 April 25 2013 Out About Fred Astaire s tuxedo on exhibit at the RISD Museum In today s post FIDM Museum Registrar Meghan Grossman Hansen describes the process of preparing objects for transport to exhibitions at other institutions FIDM Museum has an active loan program and we often have 1 or more objects on exhibit at museums near or far Beginning April 28 see a tuxedo worn by Fred Astaire in Artist Rebel Dandy Men of Fashion at the RISD Museum in Providence Rhode Island We are always excited to see the FIDM Museum collection travel Most recently we sent Fred Astaire s tuxedo to join many other dapper gentlemen in Artist Rebel Dandy Men of Fashion an exhibition at the RISD Museum April 28 August 18 2013 Featuring more than 200 objects this exhibit traces the history and persona of the dandy with a focus on well known fashionable men Fred Astaire was very particular about his wardrobe with strong preferences about cuffs jacket length stripe width and other minute details He once claimed that he took each new suit to the tailor at least half a dozen times 1 For Artist Rebel Dandy we loaned the RISD Museum a 1930s tuxedo waistcoat and bow tie worn by Astaire The wool crepe tuxedo was made by Anderson Sheppard Ltd a Savile Row tailor still in existence today Fred Astaire s tuxedo on exhibit at the RISD Museum loan courtesy of the FIDM Museum City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks L88 1 31AB Photograph by Erik Gould courtesy of the RISD Museum Continue reading Out About Fred Astaire s tuxedo on exhibit at the RISD Museum Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 4 TrackBack 0 January 10 2012 Jeans by Gaultier Jean Paul Gaultier specializes in joyfully rejecting conventional distinctions between masculine and feminine dress Une garde robe pour deux A wardrobe for two a 1985 Gaultier illustration portrays a man and women in nearly identical ensembles of wide legged trousers midriff baring tops and oversized jackets In a play on expectations Gaultier gives the man a long pony tail while the women sports short hair Gaultier s most notorious experiments in gender bending are his skirts for men First introduced in 1985 Gaultier played with the idea of men in skirts through the 1990s He offered a variety of styles including kilts sarongs tunics and long maxi skirts Gaultier s comment masculinity is not connected to the clothes you re wearing it s in the mind offers a basis for his belief in this sometimes controversial mode of dressing 1 For Madonna s 1990 Blond Ambition tour Gaultier designed a blue velvet cone bra to be worn by male back up dancers This bra complemented Madonna s own outfit a pale pink corset Gaultier s belief that men should adopt clothing typically worn by women is unusual in the history of fashion Though women have a long history of borrowing and adapting elements of menswear women s dress rarely influences men s sartorial choices The realm of functional sportswear is one in which women have borrowed heavily from men In particular women adopted a feminized version of male riding attire beginning in the late seventeenth century A woman s riding ensemble usually included a fitted jacket worn with a full skirt designed

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Merlot-Larchevêque
    catering to new money Privileged American women had the time and means to travel to Paris to acquire seasonal wardrobes In 1867 Madame Merlot Larchevêque active c 1855 1880s advertised her dressmaking establishment in the most popular American women s magazine of the time Godey s Lady s Book Her showroom was located on the Boulevard des Capucines across from the luxurious Grand Hotel and conveniently English was spoken there

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Military
    June 1 including Memorial Day In honor of this commemorative exhibit and Memorial Day today s blog post features a World War II military uniform If you can read their meaning insignia worn on military uniforms offer a tremendous amount of information about the wearer Each pin or badge signifies something specific including rank accomplishments special skills length of service location of service and honors To those outside the military

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Missoni
    with the label Though geometric patterns give a Missoni print its form an unhesitating use of color draws the eye and holds it in place Though Missoni modifies garment types and silhouettes based on fashion trends the overall shape of the garment is almost secondary to its pattern Fashion historians and critics have suggested that these iconic patterns have a visual relationship with early 20th century art movements including the

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Modern Love: Fashion Visionaries from the FIDM Museum, LA
    a bright pink Stephen Sprouse ensemble as an example Christina describes how we bring garments to life with research mannequins accessories and styling Thanks to Christina for documenting this process Stephen Sprouse Spring Summer 1984 Gift of Deborah Landis 2000 435 1A C This hot pink knit sweater and skirt doesn t really look like much draped on a dressmaking form True the bright pink is exciting but doesn t the ensemble look sloppy even dowdy in silhouette It s difficult to date the garments or really understand their context as seen here Yes it would probably help if our dress form wasn t missing its own arms It would also help if the ensemble was accessorized with its matching tights and belt This image is a quick reference photograph shot for curatorial research purposes so it really shouldn t be compared with garments as dressed for exhibition It represents an ensemble before styling What goes into styling mannequins for exhibition I think the steps generally boil down to vision research collaboration Continue reading Styling Museum Mannequins Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 1 TrackBack 0 October 24 2013 Behind the Scenes at Modern Love Modern Love Fashion Visionaries from the FIDM Museum LA opens this weekend at the Bendigo Art Gallery For the past three weeks Curator Kevin Jones Associate Curator Christina Johnson and Assistant Registrar Dani Killam have been working with Bendigo Art Gallery s staff to get the mannequins dressed and installed in their cases Below is a wonderful birds eye view of the installation in progress Earlier this week we received word that the installation is over and done Modern Love is now ready for the opening festivities on Saturday October 26 Modern Love installation in progress Image courtesy of Bendigo Art Gallery In preparation for Modern Love we test dressed each ensemble featured in the exhibition Before packing these objects into boxes and crates for shipment to Australia each ensemble was dressed on its mannequin any necessary padding was created and the most flattering accessories selected Once packing began each object was carefully packaged to ensure its safe arrival in Bendigo This recent blog post describes the elaborate fascinating process of packing Alexander McQueen s Peacock dress in a custom crate As you can see in the image below Lady McQueen arrived safely Modern Love installation in progress Image courtesy of Bendigo Art Gallery On arrival in Bendigo everything was unpacked with care This brief video from Bendigo Weekly showcases the slow thoughtful process of unpacking the garment filled boxes At the beginning Kevin and Dani carefully unpack a Thom Browne suit Note the individual fabric ties holding the garments in place Kevin and Dani carefully save the interior padding which will be used to re pack the suit when Modern Love closes Towards the end of the video Kevin Christina and Dani place Monique Lhuillier s 2006 Camelot wedding gown on its mannequin During the installation area bloggers were offered the opportunity to preview

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Monies
    beach stones jute and other organic materials to create dramatic sculptural jewelry Based in Copenhagen their eponymous jewelry house produces two collections each year Production and Unique Based on seasonal themes Production is a line of handcrafted multiples while Unique as the name suggests is a collection of one of a kind jewelry The organic materials that give Monies jewelry its character are globally sourced and then crafted into jewelry

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