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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Project Alabama
    far from the fashion centers of New York or Paris The company got its start in 2001 when native Alabaman and former stylist Natalie Chanin needed something to wear to a party in New York City Chanin deconstructed a t shirt cutting it apart and sewing it back together with visible stitches The one off shirt was a tremendous success earning compliments and inquiries about where it was purchased Based

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Publications
    4 TrackBack 0 October 23 2009 High Style Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture opens Everyone at the FIDM Museum is so excited that High Style Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture is now open to the public Curators Christina Johnson and Kevin Jones have been working on this exhibition for 3 years and all of their careful planning has resulted in a fantastic exhibition We plan to feature exhibition related content on our blog over the next few weeks so stick with us In the meantime here are a few photos from the exhibition opening party You can read a great article from WWD about Betsy Bloomingdale here Be sure to check out the slideshow of additional images If you are interested in purchasing the exhibition catalog visit the FIDM Museum Shop Betsy Bloomingdale viewing the exhibition Continue reading High Style Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture opens Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 8 TrackBack 0 October 21 2009 Preserving the Ann Getty Fashion Collection Behind every great museum is a great library The FIDM Museum is fortunate to have access to the FIDM Library which houses a great collection of design oriented books Today s post focuses on a preservation project completed by Rachel Clarke FIDM Library Catalog Coordinator It is a shorter version of an article published in the Spring Summer 2009 issue of the American Archivist Congratulations Rachel Continue reading Preserving the Ann Getty Fashion Collection Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 1 TrackBack 0 July 27 2009 Published Portable Pets Live and Apparently Live Animals in Fashion 1880 1925 by Julia Long former FIDM Museum Study Collection Manager is published in the current issue of Costume the journal of the Costume Society of Great Britain Julia s article features this fine specimen of an

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Questions
    when you are trying to find out more about a particular garment or designer Continue reading Research resources Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 4 TrackBack 0 November 23 2009 Floating forms A well designed and well installed museum exhibit appears effortless as if the objects on display were always meant to be viewed in that exact context Despite this apparent ease museum exhibitions require a tremendous amount of long range planning Christina Johnson and Kevin Jones co curators of High Style Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture spent three years planning the exhibition An important aspect of their planning was deciding how to best display the garments As you ve seen from the images we post on this blog the FIDM Museum has an extensive collection of dress forms and mannequins Christina and Kevin decided however that Betsy Bloomingdale s haute couture garments would be best displayed on floating forms Unlike mannequins or dress forms floating forms do not extend beyond the boundaries of the garment This allows you to focus entirely on the garment without the distraction of legs arms or facial characteristics As you might imagine creating floating forms is a complicated process All of the floating forms used to display the garments in High Style were created by Carolyn Jamerson FIDM Museum Study Collection Manager Carolyn worked on the floating forms for almost a year She recently gave a presentation about the process and we re going to feature a brief overview today Continue reading Floating forms Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 5 TrackBack 0 September 01 2009 Questions Hello readers First of all we d like to thank you for your fantastic response to our blog We re very excited that our blog is off to such a great start and look forward to

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Ralph Rucci
    in the complexity of his structural compositions Chado Ralph Rucci Spring Summer 2005 Gift of Barbara Bundy 2008 37 8 Rucci s uncompromising aesthetic reverence for technical virtuosity and comprehension of complex patterning garnered a rare invitation to enter the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture he was only the second American to join this elite group The simple shape of this shift dress belies its exacting construction one fourth

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Re-Designing History
    dark and mysterious wonderland she enters Elizabeth Teemley s 1st place illustration Continue reading Re Designing History Illustration Competition winner inspired by Lolita style Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 1 TrackBack 0 October 22 2010 Re Designing History The Competition In conjunction with our current exhibit Re Designing History FIDM Museum Study Collection 1850 2000 FIDM Museum Galleries held a design competition for currently enrolled FIDM students to re design history by creating illustrations inspired by this high fashion c 1872 fuchsia day dress from the FIDM Museum Study Collection Day dress Silk c 1872 Gift of Steven Porterfield S2008 897 5A C The competition was open to all majors on all campuses and more than sixty entries were submitted The winning designs were chosen by a panel of judges who looked for overall creativity visual composition and design inspiration The winning illustration below was designed by Elizabeth Teemley a Theatre Costume Design student at FIDM Look forward to a post from Elizabeth describing how she arrived at this illustration Elizabeth Teemley s 1st place illustration We thank all of our talented students for their entries and congratulate our three winners who used history to re design the future L to R Marc Blaskovits 2nd Place Graphic Design Elizabeth Teemley 1st Place Theatre Costume Design Katrina Andrews 3rd Place Fashion Design Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 2 TrackBack 0 October 20 2010 Re Designing History FIDM Museum Study Collection 1850 2000 Re Designing History FIDM Museum Study Collection 1850 2000 is now open This free exhibition is open to the public Tuesday Saturday 10am 4pm until December 17 2010 Coat c 1926 Silk lamé brocade mink Gift of Ms Judy Thomsen FIDM Museum Study Collection S2004 823 15 The FIDM Museum Study Collection contains 2 000 objects spanning 200 years haute couture and ready to wear garments accessories non western dress and textiles Study Collections are located on all four FIDM campuses Los Angeles San Francisco Orange County and San Diego Students scholars designers and the public access the collections for hands on education school projects personal research and design inspiration Individual objects are examined in Museum storage or combinations are assembled for classroom study such as historical construction pattern development and sewing techniques Fashion is cyclical and savvy designers glean inspiration from previous centuries There are countless ways to rethink retro styles great design remains a potent source even when outmoded Our purpose in cultivating the Study Collections is to learn from successful designers and expand the knowledge of fashion history Vivienne Westwood c 2002 Silk chiffon gold lamé Museum Purchase FIDM Museum Study Collection S2004 5 3 To complement the exhibition we will host the Re Designing History Speakers Series FIDM Museum curators Kevin Jones and Christina Johnson and Carolyn Robertson head of FIDM s History of Costume Department will provide insights into the history of fashion A guided tour of Re Designing History will follow each presentation All programs start at 11am and are free

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Ready to wear
    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 Salzburg Festival and quickly gained an international clientele for its regional styles In 1933 Vogue mentioned Lanz in an article describing the jet set s transformation on arrival in Salzburg The women take off their Mainbochers and Augustabernards and put on a cotton dirndl dress and rakish Tyrolian sic felt hat with a feather bought at Lanz in Salzburg probably 1 Continue reading Lanz Original late 1940s Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 February 16 2012 Bonnie Cashin ensemble c 1978 Full disclosure I m a big fan of Bonnie Cashin Though I admire an elegant evening gown as much as anyone I appreciate Cashin s interest in creating a wardrobe that suited the everyday activities of twentieth century women Within this framework Cashin designed clothing that was functional but never boring Her use of diverse textiles patterned wool tweeds jersey leather suede and unusual fastenings give her straightforward silhouettes an inventive appeal In Cashin s own words It s much easier to design a fancy style than a simple one but I try to avoid it because when it comes to wearing it you really don t want things that are fussy All are lives are too complicated to put up with that sort of thing in clothes 1 Bonnie Cashin c 1978 Cotton duck leather metal Museum purchase 88 5 1AB Continue reading Bonnie Cashin ensemble c 1978 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 February 08 2012 1970s Gunne Sax dresses Gunne Sax s aesthetic has been described as feminine nostalgic Victorian old world and romantic Though the brand is now closely associated with formal and bridal wear its origins date back to late 60s San Francisco In 1969 San Francisco boutique Gunne Sax needed a house designer Enter Jessica McClintock an elementary school teacher with a life long interest in fashion When a friend told McClintock of the opening at Gunne Sax she applied immediately In a testament to the freewheeling spirit of 1960s San Francisco McClintock was hired despite her lack of formal training in fashion design or clothing manufacture In the beginning McClintock designed small collections of about 20 garments Within a few months the San Francisco department store I Magnin started retailing Gunne Sax dresses The mood of Gunne Sax was based on McClintock s personal vision I brought to Gunne Sax my own concept of clothing based on romance nostalgia created by a mixture of prints ribbons laces muslins and braids It was 1969 the mini era was ending and the Gunne Sax Country Edwardian and Prairie era was beginning 1 Gunne Sax by Jessica McClintock c 1975 Gift of Roxanne Byrnadette Frank DiSanto 95

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Redfern
    dress was an elegant highly regulated uniform Adhering to the spoken and unspoken regulations governing court dress was almost as important as having the correct background Each European court had its own version of court dress which was more or less elaborate depending on the wealth of the particular court The court gown and train pictured above are both on display in FABULOUS our current exhibition We are fortunate to

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Research resources
    and free downloads from Costume the journal of The Costume Society of Great Britain Costume s current issue is a special edition on fashion and royal image Through the month of October 2013 the entire issue is available for free download here Be sure to browse past issues any article with a blue F next to it can be downloaded for free In the royalty issue Diagnosing the Dress of the Queen s Train Bearers at the Coronation of George III by Kimberly Chrisman Campbell examines an eighteenth century bodice from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection Worn by Lady Mary Douglas one of six unmarried earls daughters who attended the Queen during the 1761 coronation ceremony of George III the cloth of gold bodice is the only known example of English stiff bodied court costume to survive today To learn more about this bodice we had it X rayed at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles Court Bodice 1761 The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection The Cheapside Hoard London s Lost Jewels now on view at the Museum of London showcases a remarkable collection of Elizabethan and Jacobean jewelry and gemstones Though the objects themselves are stunning they also have a fascinating history In 1912 workmen demolishing a building discovered this collection of over 400 pieces of jewelry and loose gems including stones sourced from South America the Middle East and Asia Though it s unclear how and why the Hoard was buried it may have been the remnants of 17th century gem dealer Gerrard Pulman s stock in trade In 1637 Pulman booked passage on a ship from Asia to England his luggage included several crates of gems and jewelry Pulman died onboard the ship and his treasure filled crates were plundered by the ship s crew some of whom who used the gems to fuel drinking binges If you can t make it to London for this exhibit take a look at these images of The Cheapside Hoard Speaking of exhibits don t forget to see the 7th Annual Art of Outstanding Television Costume Design exhibition before it closes And don t miss Gatsby s Women 1920s Evening Dress from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection which features stunning examples of evening wear from a fascinating decade Both exhibits are on view Tue Sat 10 5 at the FIDM Museum Galleries through October 19 Gatsby s Women 1920s Evening Dress from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection at the FIDM Museum Galleries Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 June 07 2013 Out About FIDM Museum goes to Las Vegas In today s post Associate Curator Christina Johnson recaps the 39th annual Costume Society of America national symposium It s not too early to start thinking about the 2014 symposium which will be held in Baltimore Maryland The call for papers will come out soon so start thinking about possible topics now The Costume Society of America s annual national symposium recently took place in Las Vegas from May 29 to June 1 Curator Kevin Jones Registrar Meghan Hansen and I attended and we all had a great time listening to the variety of papers and panels this year s theme was Mining the History of Costume Fantasy and Fact as well as seeing old friends and meeting new ones Kevin and I were charged with planning this year s Silent Auction a fundraising event for CSA Members donate books vintage clothes and jewelry my office progressively filled up with boxes in the weeks leading up to the event and symposium participants then bid on the donated items the funds raised go toward the educational activities of CSA Well we had to get the donations to the Symposium somehow so we rented a car and with barely enough room for one suitcase each drove four hours across the desert to our oasis at the Tropicana Hotel Kevin Christina and a rental car full of items for the CSA silent auction Continue reading Out About FIDM Museum goes to Las Vegas Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 April 23 2013 Research resources part 3 Inspired by a flurry of recent announcements about new online archives today we take a look at what s new in the world of fashion and fashion history research resources Twice before we ve published roundups of easily accessible online resources here and here Do you have a favorite resource besides this blog that we ve missed Post a comment with a link you just might help out a fellow researcher We ve mentioned MetPublications on our Facebook page but it s definitely worth mentioning again Visit this page to read or download many of The Metropolitan Museum of Art s exhibition catalogs including out of print titles like The Age of Napoleon Costume from Revolution to Empire 1789 1815 and Christian Dior We recently discovered this online trove of 1867 1900 Harper s Bazar Browse full issues or search with specific terms The Zandra Rhodes Digital Study Collection features 500 garments by the designer with a focus on her work from the 1970s and 1980s A comprehensive look at Rhodes work the site features dates and descriptions for each garment pictured video interviews with the designer and design tutorials Lee Miller Archives provides access to more than 3 000 watermarked Miller images Fashion aficionados will be most interested in Miller s fashion photography though there isn t much accompanying info for most of the photos This a great 1944 image Miller photographed for British Vogue André Studios 1930 1941 is an interesting collaborative project from the Picture Collection of the New York Public Library and the Special Collections FIT Archives of the Fashion Institute of Technology Library André Studios was a subscription based producer of sketches for clothing manufacturers and the more than 5 000 images in this archive offer a glimpse at fashions from 1930 1941 The archive is searchable by detail pleat raglan sleeve etc

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