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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Pauline Trigère
    leave France with her young family They arrived in New York on the S S Normandie in 1937 We had planned to stop in New York only briefly on our way to Chile but we took a double decker bus ride from 57th Street to 34th Street Trigère recalled decades later On the way I got a look at the dummies in the store windows They were showing copies of Paris dresses and I knew I could do that probably better 1 Trigère worked for Hattie Carnegie before opening her own Seventh Avenue fashion house in 1942 dressing clients including Claudette Colbert Lena Horne and the Duchess of Windsor Pauline Trigère c 1970 Gift of Clarissa Dyer 2003 794 19 You could take the designer out of Paris but you couldn t take Paris out of the designer At 5 4 with her thick Gallic accent and trademark red lipstick Trigère was almost a caricature of an imperious Frenchwoman She refused to sketch instead draping her designs using traditional couture techniques Cut and fabric were more important than ornamentation as the New York Times noted her designs could be plain to the point of abstraction but in a good way

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/pauline-trig%C3%A8re/ (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Pedro Rodriguez
    good or bad for street style it is undeniable that globalization has softened obvious differences in global dress Subtle differences exist but they are usually found in small details or overall styling The article made me think about designers with a a primarily regional following Holly Harp who worked in Los Angeles and drew inspiration from the glamour of Old Hollywood is one such designer Another is Pedro Rodriguez a

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/pedro-rodriguez/ (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Peter Max
    Central Park Be Ins and Woodstock era rock n roll concerts Influenced by early twentieth century Fauvist artists particularly Pablo Picasso 1881 1973 and Henri Matisse 1869 1954 as well as his childhood comic books Max designed this chromatic burst of twenty two human faces and figures morphing into another Stars and moons circle in a kinetic rhythm of psychedelic colors titled Astrological Astroplane attesting to the artist s deep

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/peter-max/ (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Photograph
    also set the mood for watching spectator sports The slight rumpling of their middy blouses suggests these women have recently engaged in some kind of sporting activity The parasols add a colorful accent to these casual ensembles Snapshot c 1911 Gift of Kathryn Alessio Estate Continue reading Printed cotton parasol c 1909 1919 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 1 TrackBack 0 January 06 2012 Lily Hanbury picture postcard In the late nineteenth century London theatres staged productions designed to entertain the working and middle classes Operettas comedies melodramas and Shakespearean drama offered theatregoers an escape from the dreary monotony and daily discomfort of lives spent mostly in the 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 their onstage roles becoming internationally known celebrities This celebrity was only tangentially related to acting skill Instead it depended on the attributes that still define twenty first century celebrity adherence to particular standards of beauty glamorous self presentation and savvy self promotion Involvement in a low level personal scandal with romantic overtones was helpful too Lily Hanbury postcard c 1900 Gift of Ken Weber 2009 924 20 Continue reading Lily Hanbury picture postcard Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 1 TrackBack 0 December 30 2011 Top five posts of 2011 Louella Ballerino crop top 1946 First published in July 2011 the second most popular post of 2011 describes how a serendipitous find dramatically altered our understanding of a midriff baring 1940s crop top in our collection 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 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 November 03 2011 Holding

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Photography
    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 Go to museums and galleries for inspiration to respect our past and how it connects to the present and to your future David Croland Dovanna and Friend Cover of Hampton s magazine early 1980s You can do great work and have fun too Love DC Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 December 13 2013 Friday Wrap Reading Watching An occasional round up of articles events exhibitions and other information of interest This week we share a fascinating read a festive perfume bottle and footage of historic garments in action Do you document your museum visits by taking lots of pictures Recent research suggests that snapping photos of your favorite exhibits might decrease your ability to remember the objects on display After visiting a museum and taking numerous photos research subjects remembered fewer details about an object if they d taken its picture By taking photos you re effectively outsourcing your memory to the camera Something to think about the next time you re tempted to take a picture Ting a Ling Perfume Bottle Lucien Lelong c 1949 Gift of Monique Fink F2006 877 45AB Decorated with functioning bells the Ting a Ling perfume bottle is one of the most charming and festive bottles in our extensive collection of Parfums Lucien Lelong packaging and ephemera Though designed to hold two fragrances this bottle probably a prototype is empty With its tiny bells and green gold packaging Ting a Ling was intended for holiday gift giving A 1949 advertisement suggested Wise men will bring gifts by Lucien Lelong including Ting a Ling perfume heralded by tiny sleigh bells 1 If you ve followed our blog over the last several years you ll know that dress historian collector and dealer Doris Langley Moore has always fascinated Associate Curator Christina Johnson Last year Christina presented research on Doris Langley Moore at the Costume Colloquium conference in Florence Italy In 1957 Moore created Men Women and Clothes a multi part series on this history of fashion for the BBC The first BBC series filmed in color it is worth watching for its footage of wonderful historic garments on live models Though this is no longer considered a reputable way to display

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/photography/ (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Pierre Cardin
    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 2014 ready to wear show paired mod shifts with patent leather boots while Rodarte presented a Star Wars themed collection Christian Dior s Spring 2015 couture show included retro astronaut jumpsuits But these nostalgic trips back to the future may prove to be less influential than fashions created with the same new technologies used by the current generation of space scientists Take Slow Factory boutique founder Celine Semaan Vernon who transforms high resolution NASA images of Earth into printed silk scarves or Nervous System the design studio behind the 3 D printed dress The results are truly out of this world Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 December 03 2013 Pierre Cardin Relax quilted jacket 1979 Pierre Cardin Relax 1979 Gift of Dorothy W Sorensen 2010 1110 157 Pierre Cardin s Relax line of men

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/pierre-cardin/ (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Podcasts
    Museum Shop Podcasts November 07 2012 The Costume Cafe Podcast Want to learn more about The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection You re in luck The Costume Cafe s Colleen Marie Monroe recently interviewed FIDM Museum Curator Kevin Jones about this outstanding collection Their conversation covered a range of topics including the origins of Helen Larson s collection her collecting methodology and a discussion of collection highlights You can listen

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/podcasts/ (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Prada
    only for one night 1 Her approach to design is thoughtful Rather than providing pat answers regarding her inspiration for a particular collection Miuccia Prada offers explanations that hint at her interest in connecting fashion with broader cultural issues Regarding her Spring 2013 collection Prada declared Dream is forbidden nostalgia is forbidden to be too sweet is not good Everything we used to feel historically now you can t enjoy The clothes are the expression of this impossible dream 2 Prada pumps 2003 2004 2005 5 91AB Museum Purchase Continue reading Fashion Birthday Miuccia Prada Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 1 TrackBack 0 February 07 2013 Prada orchid shoes Spring Summer 2008 Shoes Spring Summer 2008 Miuccia Prada Silk velvet suede leather plastic Museum Purchase 2009 5 11AB Miuccia Prada b 1949 received a PhD in political science from the University of Milan but altered the course of her life by entering the world of fashion She is a major collector of modern art a passion reflected in collaborations with emerging talents such as artist James Jean b 1979 who drew enchanted forests filled with fairies insects and orchids for Prada s Spring Summer 2008 line Jean s sinuous

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