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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Opportunity
    cocktail and evening looks from Fashion Island boutiques an auction and a raffle the evening was a true celebration of fashion There was also a wonderful array of nibbles and beverages including a tequila bar and a non alcoholic lemonade bar Many thanks to Fashion Council for their tireless work orchestrating this event We also thank our generous sponsors Fashion Island and Celebrity Cruises for helping make our gala event a success For those of you who couldn t attend here s a glimpse of what transpired Look forward to next year s gala as Fashion Council will soon begin planning for 2015 Hope you ll be able to join us next year FIDM Museum Associate Curator Christina Johnson FIDM Museum Curator Kevin Jones and FIDM Museum Fashion Council Chair Mima Ransom at the 3rd Annual FABULOUS Soirée at Fashion Island in Newport Beach CA Four designers participated in the Celebrity Cruises Design Challenge and were scored by a panel of judges that included local fashion experts and Celebrity Cruises executives The theme of the Design Challenge was Modern Luxury FIDM Advanced Fashion Design Alumnus Paul Hernandez was named the winner and was presented with a check for 2 000 His winning design is pictured above Congratulations Paul FIDM Designer Angela Avanesyan s entry for the Celebrity Cruises Design Challenge FIDM Designer Blake Patterson s entry for the Celebrity Cruises Design Challenge FIDM Designer Mohamed Salaheldin s entry for the Celebrity Cruises Design Challenge All images by Brandon Clark ABImages Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 August 20 2014 FIDM Museum seeks Fall 2014 intern 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 unpaid position offers flexible hours Interns work closely with FIDM Museum staff on a variety of projects and have the opportunity to view rare examples of historic and contemporary fashion We accept interns seeking academic credit for undergraduate level or above interns must make appropriate arrangements with their academic institution Applications cover letter and resumé will be reviewed upon receipt and qualifying applicants will be interviewed prior to beginning internship Applications for the Fall 2014 internship are due Monday August 25 To submit your application or for additional information contact us via email internships fidmmuseum org Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 June 23 2014 Travel to Italy with the FIDM Museum Fashion Council Venice at night via Join FIDM Museum Curators Kevin Jones and Christina Johnson on a fabulous Fashion Council trip to Italy From November 14 23 2014 they will lead a trip to Venice and Florence While in Florence participants will attend the Costume Colloquium IV Colors in Fashion Please contact Christina Johnson for detailed itinerary cjohnson FIDMmuseum org The journey begins in Venice where we ll explore the artistic heritage of this fascinating city

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Oscar de la Renta
    This dress currently on display on the second floor of FIDM s Los Angeles campus reminds us that long before he was crowned king of American fashion Oscar de la Renta was the cool new kid in town Oscar de la Renta c 1967 2001 633 Gift of Alexis G Scharff Born in the Dominican Republic de la Renta left home while still a teenager to study painting in Spain He began sketching for fashion houses to make extra money and landed an apprenticeship with the legendary Cristóbal Balenciaga By 1961 he was in Paris working for the Lanvin couture house Eager to try his hand at ready to wear de la Renta turned down a job with Christian Dior and moved to New York in 1963 at the age of 30 By 1967 he had his own label which promptly earned him back to back Coty Awards Vogue pictured the dashing young designer shirtless water skiing in the Bahamas alongside the Cushing sisters and Contessa Consuelo Crespi in a 1968 spread headlined The Beautiful People 2001 633 back view This piece dates from those early carefree days of de la Renta s career The acid green metallic brocade dress trimmed with beaded braid is paired with low heeled pumps and metallic tights Colorful often patterned hosiery drew attention to the sharply rising hemlines of the late 1960s while offering women a pretense of modesty 2001 633 bodice detail A retrospective of the designer s work Oscar de la Renta His Legendary World of Style is currently on view at the Savannah College of Art and Design you can see more dresses by the master on the exhibition website Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 December 06 2013 Oscar de la Renta fur and suede jacket c

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Out & About
    Curator Christina Johnson and Curator Kevin Jones Donald and Joan Damask have devoted their lives to creating and collecting outstanding design Their professions have focused on luxury marketing and fashion design a shared collecting vision serves as inspiration for this work and resonates with the couple s personal aesthetic Garments by Claire McCardell Vivienne Westwood and more are on display This exhibition presents an overview of the Damask s important gift to the FIDM Museum including historic avant garde fashion and world dress limited edition art books seminal images by high fashion photographers Willy Maywald 1907 85 and Horst P Horst 1906 99 photographs sketches and books by artist aesthete Cecil Beaton 1904 80 and theatrical designs by Erté Romain de Tirtoff 1892 1990 Willy Maywald photos of gowns by Christian Dior Madame Gres and other couture legends Inspired Eye is open to the public until December 19th Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm closed July 3rd 4th and 18th Admission to our galleries is always free Be sure to visit the FIDM Museum shop for books and gifts related to the exhibition Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 March 10 2015 Free Concert in Grand Hope Park 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 Dress from the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection Both Opulent Art and the 23rd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition will be open for viewing Bring the whole family for a lovely day of music fashion and beautiful weather Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 October 03 2014 Out About Curatorial research trip to the Fashion Museum Bath 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 scholar fashion collector and museum founder Doris Langley Moore began when I was a young girl discovering the world of fashion history I stumbled upon her 1949 book T he Woman in Fashion on one of my many treks to the library The book includes photographs of Moore s famous friends wearing her private collection of antique clothing and accessories I was transfixed by her beautiful styling of the models and couldn t get enough of her erudite writing Little did I know I would have ample opportunity to get to know Doris in my work at the FIDM Museum Just over a decade ago we received a donation of nineteenth century clothing from the estate of Helen Larson a Whittier California based collector I recognized some of the items had been photographed in The Woman in Fashion including this Victorian silk brocade gown I had a hunch that Helen must have purchased these items directly from Doris But I couldn t prove it at that time Left Plate from The Woman in Fashion model wears gown pictured at right Right Day dress 1853 54 Gift of the Helen Larson Estate S2001 31 18A C In 2010 the FIDM Museum began a fundraising campaign to acquire the remainder of Helen Larson s private collection The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection In addition to amazing garments and accessories the collection includes Helen Larson s personal collecting archive letters notes auction records and photographs Poring over the archive I was so excited to find hundreds of letters written between Helen and Doris spanning over 20 years tracking not only hundreds of purchases but a relationship that developed from matter of fact business transactions into a treasured friendship And yes they proved Helen purchased almost all of the garments and accessories presented in The Woman in Fashion I was the grateful recipient of the 2014 Costume Society of America Travel Research Grant which I used to support a week of research at the Fashion Museum in Bath founded by Doris Langley Moore in 1963 as The Museum of Costume Doris donated a collection of historic fashion to the city of Bath with the understanding that council members would utilize the city s recently remodeled Assembly Rooms to house a costume museum Although she was never officially the curator she continued to acquire donations for the museum into the late 1970s Letter from Doris Langley Moore to Museum of Costume staff member 15 Aug 1969 Courtesy of the Fashion Museum Bath North East Somerset Council Thanks to Fashion Museum Manager Rosemary Harden and Collections Assistant Elaine Uttley I had full access to the Museum s institutional archives and focused on letters written by and to Doris object accession cards from the original donation object and installation photographs newspaper clippings and exhibition files I found this wonderful Picture Post magazine with the cover girl wearing our 1850s gown Picture Post 21 April 1951 Cover relates to gown in FIDM Museum Collection S2001 31 18A C which is pictured above Courtesy of the Fashion Museum Bath North East Somerset Council The magazine dates to an era when people did not understand the conservation issues arising from wearing antique fashion intended for preservation The article includes a portrait of Doris cataloging items in the collection Picture Post 21 April 1951 Doris Langley Moore with Collection Courtesy of the Fashion Museum Bath North East Somerset Council I know what it s like to plan exhibitions in addition to the research involved when I curate a project I spend hours designing the space selecting mounts and arranging objects to tell a story There is usually a lot of scratch paper involved more messy handwriting than I care to admit and also doodling Doris did the same thing for her first installation at The Museum of Costume as can be seen in this notebook she kept to document the process The different mannequin groups are being arranged

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Paco Rabanne
    aliens Boots André Courrèges c 1966 Museum Purchase Funds provided by Tonian Hohberg 2008 5 47AB Science fiction films like 2001 and Barbarella costumed by Rabanne and TV shows like Space 1999 costumed by Rudi Gernreich imagined a utopian future of tunics trousers flat booties helmets and mini dresses in lunar white or bold geometric patterns As Cardin explained The clothes I prefer are those I invent for a life that doesn t exist yet the world of tomorrow Sunglasses André Courrèges 1965 Museum Purchase Funds provided by Robert Nelson 2008 528 1A B These white plastic sunglasses with narrow horizontal slits suggest protective goggles or the bulging eyes of an otherworldly being According to the New York Times Courrèges direct unencumbered clothes were intended to be worn by young fast moving beauties his clients included French pop star Françoise Hardy socialite Lee Radziwill and model Marisa Berenson Rabanne dressed Hardy as well plus Audrey Hepburn Brigitte Bardot and Elizabeth Taylor Mini dress André Courrèges c 1965 Gift of Mrs Richard Gold 81 1965 008 1 With a Space X rocket launch scheduled for today a new Space Age is taking off bringing its attendant fashion inspiration Gucci s Fall

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Pants
    to offer their customers Perhaps in response to the hemline controversy women began turning to pants as a fashionable alternative to skirts and dresses Though pants had been considered appropriate for casual activities since the 1950s in the early 1970s they began to move into the arenas of formal and professional dress High end restaurants many of which had prohibited the entry of any woman wearing pants relaxed their dress codes Pants also began appearing occasionally in the workplace Tunic and pants 1970 Tunic Sonia Rykiel Pants Unknown designer Gift of Anonymous Donor Tunic 2003 40 11B Pants 2003 40 21 Continue reading Sonia Rykiel tunic and pants 1970 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 2 TrackBack 0 March 17 2010 Masculine dress In the early 20th century women who chose to wear bifurcated garments i e trousers outside of the gymnasium or off the playing field risked public censure Though women had been wearing full almost skirt like trousers for sporting activities since the late 19th century these bifurcated garments escaped condemnation only because they were functional not fashionable Full trousers of this type were often called bloomers after Amelia Bloomer leader of a controversial attempt to popularize bifurcated garments as everyday dress for women during the early 1850s Worn for activities such as bicycling cricket light calisthenics and swimming bloomers allowed for freedom of movement while obscuring the contours of the leg and lower body Bloomers c 1920 Gift of the Manlove Family 2006 870 76 Continue reading Masculine dress Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 December 14 2009 Sonia Rykiel Sonia Rykiel s signature garment is the striped sweater Her earliest versions were shrunken body hugging poor boy sweaters with horizontal stripes designed in the early 1960s The use of soft knit fabric often striped became a trademark earning Rykiel the title Queen of Knitwear Rykiel intended her knitwear to take shape on the body so early in her career she encouraged woman who wore her garments to forgo undergarments When she opened her eponymous Left Bank boutique in 1968 it quickly became symbolic of the 1960s movement way from haute couture and towards youthful ready to wear Rykiel s designs from the 1970s and 80s often suggest silhouettes popular in earlier decades Drop waisted dresses similar to those seen in the 1920s were a particular favorite as were wide legged pants Though the pant and sweater ensemble below dates from the 1980s it could have been worn by a daring woman of the 1930s or 1940s such as Katharine Hepburn Wool knit ensemble Sonia Rykiel 1980 82 Gift of Patricia G Waldron M D 2002 149 15AB Continue reading Sonia Rykiel Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 September 09 2009 Menswear Like many museums that focus on dress and textiles the FIDM Museum is constantly searching for compelling menswear for our collection Most 19th and 20th century menswear is relatively straightforward it tends to favor function over form resulting in

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Parasol
    posed for this casual outdoor snapshot c 1911 Their nearly identical ensembles of short sleeved middy blouses and ankle length skirts suggest summertime leisure Though popular as school uniforms for children middy blouses were also worn as women s sportswear The loose fit made swinging a racket or holding an oar much easier and also set the mood for watching spectator sports The slight rumpling of their middy blouses suggests

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Patrick Kelly
    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 2010 Patrick Kelly Patrick Kelly s 1954 1990 irreverent mini dresses embellished with buttons bows or rhinestones were his most iconic creations One 1988 version featured tiny billiard balls sewn to the bodice When interviewed Kelly always credited his grandmother with the inspiration for using everyday objects as embellishment As a child in Mississippi Kelly frequently lost his shirt buttons His grandmother would replace them but the buttons never matched When Kelly complained his grandmother started putting different buttons everywhere to distract from the mismatched buttons 1 Wool minidress Patrick Kelly c 1986 Museum Purchase 2007 5 14 Kelly s choice of colorful eye catching embellishments were part of creative philosophy that emphasized a playful approach to fashion Despite or because of their theatrical embellishments Kelly s designs were popular with fashion commentators models who were reportedly willing to accept clothing in lieu of other payment for walking in Kelly s

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Paul Poiret
    surplice bodice waist sash or overtunic provided the requisite touch of drapery These elements were drawn from ideas of ancient Greek and Roman dress as filtered through the Directoire style itself a revival of Greek and Roman dress of late eighteenth century France Conceptions of Middle and Far Eastern dress were expressed through the popularity of jewel toned textiles Popular accessories including jeweled and feathered turbans also borrowed heavily from the Far and Middle East Tunic dress c 1912 Museum Purchase 2000 5 1 Continue reading Tunic dress c 1912 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 10 TrackBack 0 August 19 2009 Paul Poiret King of Fashion Ladies come to me for a gown as they go to a distinguished painter to get their portrait put on canvas I am an artist not a dressmaker Paul Poiret 1913 1 Throughout most of the nineteenth century the fashionable female silhouette stood away from the body and depended on multiple layers of garments for its shape Petticoats corsets sleeve plumpers and bustles were just some of the devices used in the nineteenth century to mold the female and sometimes male body Applied decoration to the outermost layer of garments reinforced the impression of woman as ornate object This began to change in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century when women became interested in activities which required ease of movement such as bicycling tennis and dancing In conjunction with the emerging popularity of these pastimes a more streamlined feminine silhouette emerged Closely associated with the new silhouette was the Parisian designer Paul Poiret 1879 1944 Beginning in 1898 Poiret worked for the grand couturier Doucet though he soon moved to the House of Worth In 1903 Poiret s creation of a coat based on the shape of a kimono demonstrated that his aesthetic had evolved beyond that of his employer Charles Worth Worth s aesthetic depended on luxurious fabrics corseted silhouettes and a generous application of applied decoration Neither the client nor Worth appreciated Poiret s relatively simple coat so he left to open his own salon Looking back on this turning point in his 1931 autobiography King of Fashion Poiret wrote that he had become tired of the dominant aesthetic as all that was soft washed out and insipid was held in honour 2 Continue reading Paul Poiret King of Fashion Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 1 TrackBack 0 August 17 2009 Found textiles All museum employees are charged with careful collection oversight We monitor temperature and humidity store objects with an eye to preventing damage while also trying to learn more about each object in the collection Despite these efforts we sometimes overlook fabulous objects hidden in plain sight Over the past few years we have updated our storage facilities through the installation of compact storage units The resulting upheaval caused us to look more closely at a collection of textile swatches stored in enormous albums These albums were stored on a shelf in the Study Collection and no

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