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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Valentina
    1952 Life magazine reported that her maxim to clients was take it or take it also noting that a buyer who arrives to be fitted in a red dress may find that Valentina has decided it should be blue 1 For the most part clients accepted Valentina s imperious dictates allowing themselves to be dressed as the Russian born New York based couturier felt appropriate Fortunately for her clients Valentina

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Valentino
    A short promotional video describing The Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum can be seen here Many designers keep archives of their designs sketches press clippings and other documentation In some cases garments or images pulled from these archives will eventually surface in a publication or a museum exhibition But for the most part these archives serve only as an in house resource or a reservoir of primary source material for the

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Victor Costa
    This formative experience cemented his love of feminine florals and flounces as well as his sense of sartorial drama Special occasion dresses have always been my hallmark he once confessed 4 In 1965 Costa became the in house designer for Suzy Perette a large New York label known for producing line for line copies of French haute couture At the time Seventh Avenue manufacturers routinely paid a caution of several thousand dollars to Paris couture houses which allowed them to attend their shows sketch their designs and produce inexpensive copies of couture gowns which they sold for as little as 40 5 Costa who has a photographic memory showed such flair for the work that he was rewarded with his own line of original designs Romantica by Victor Costa for Suzy Perette in 1968 6 The label grew to comprise 90 percent of the company s sales Detail In 1973 the family relocated back to Texas after Costa s young daughter developed asthma Costa saw the move as an opportunity to strike out on his own He bought a Dallas manufacturer of plus sized clothing and transformed it into his own label Victor Costa Although he continued to travel to New York frequently he made the most of his unique status as the resident designer in a conservative cash flush city obsessed with dressing up 7 Costa s taste for frilly but formal eveningwear for suited the debutantes and dowagers of Dallas well As the city s oil boom went bust Costa discovered a demand for inexpensive knockoffs of high end designers like Karl Lagerfeld Scaasi Bill Blass and Christian Lacroix men whose exuberant aesthetic mirrored his own His fame grew as his clothes appeared on television shows like Falcon Crest Moonlighting and Dynasty and celebrity fans including Whitney Houston

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Video library
    a brief video Short and sweet it takes you inside the exhibition for a chance to revist your favorite pieces You ll even see some pieces that have yet to be published on our blog Can you spot Elsa Schiaparelli s shocking pink evening jacket Alexander McQueen s peacock dress Gianni Versace s safety pinned leather ensembles and Adrian s brown taffeta evening gown For those of you who want a tangible reminder of FABULOUS we still have a few copies of the exhibition catalogue available at the FIDM Museum Shop Enjoy the video and have a wonderful weekend FABULOUS Ten Years of FIDM Museum Acquisitions 2000 2010 from FIDM Museum on Vimeo Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 November 16 2009 The Couture Process Our current exhibition High Style Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture explores the world of haute couture through the experiences of Betsy Bloomingdale To complement the ensembles on exhibition FIDM Productions created a video documentary featuring extensive interview footage with Mrs Bloomingdale The documentary also features interviews with designers including Marc Bohan James Galanos Hubert de Givenchy and others Though we hope that all of you will have the opportunity to visit

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Vivienne Tam
    shows with evening wear to make a dramatic impact 2 This early cocktail dress of brown cotton velvet is embellished with the kind of elaborate three dimensional ribbonwork usually seen only in haute couture The knotted orange cotton velvet ribbons are tacked down with orange beads and rectangular gold sequins the ends are knotted and intertwined for a fringed effect Between the fluttering ribbons and the reflective sequins the dress would have been eye catching even after dark Detail 1 Quoted in Taryn Benbow Pfalzgraf ed Contemporary Fashion 2nd Edition New York St James Press 2002 598 2 Pamela A Parmal Scaasi American Couturier Boston MFA Publications 2010 62 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 September 09 2014 Vivienne Tam Mao dress 1995 Mao Dress detail Vivienne Tam Spring Summer 1995 Museum Purchase 2007 5 2 Vivienne Tam s b 1958 Mao collection was a breakout success Though she d been designing under her own name since the early 1980s it was her irreverent garments featuring Mao Zedong s image that won the designer widespread name recognition in 1995 This collection featuring cool and clever pastel net slip dresses easy to work suits and Mao tees earned Tam her first mention in Vogue which dubbed her Designer of the Month in February 1995 1 Presenting four portraits of Mao in distinctly un revolutionary garb Tam s Mao dress is made from a lightweight stretchy synthetic mesh Fitting the body like a second skin it brings the wearer and observer into dialogue with Mao Zedong s legacy The Warholesque Mao images were the result of a collaboration between Tam and Chinese born New York based artist Zhang Hongtu b 1943 After leaving China in 1982 Zhang began working with Mao s image creating satirical portraits that questioned Mao s political

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Vivienne Westwood
    T shirts With the 2012 presidential election less than 2 weeks away political discourse is inescapable The candidates their positions and rabid speculation on the outcome of the upcoming election dominate the news For some people political beliefs are a private topic something to be kept under wraps Others choose to express their beliefs political or otherwise via sartorial billboard also known as the T shirt Inexpensive to produce and easy to wear T shirts are the perfect medium to broadcast opinions ideas and beliefs to friends and strangers Whatever your party affiliations there s surely a T shirt hat coffee mug or bumper sticker promoting your candidate Jeremy Scott 2004 Museum Purchase 2004 5 46 In 2004 designer Jeremy Scott created this T shirt with a slogan encouraging voter participation Based on the iconic 1970s God Save the Queen T shirt design by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren Scott s T shirt incorporates an American political figure then President George W Bush During the 2004 election incumbent President George Bush and Massachusetts Senator John Kerry vied for the highest political office in the United States After a close race President Bush was reelected for a second term Continue reading Political T shirts Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 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 and open to the public Saturday November 6 Kevin Jones Christina Johnson An Introduction to the FIDM Museum Doris

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Walter Plunkett
    F Scott Fitzgerald s The Great Gatsby published in 1925 reflects a time of dramatic feminine transformation Christina Johnson Associate Curator at the FIDM Museum will provide an overview of Jazz Age fashion Hollywood film icons and 1920s high society Johnson will describe how the fictional characters in Fitzgerald s best selling novel represented the decade s new fashionable ideals Hat worn by Jean Simmons in Young Bess Walter Plunkett 1953 Gift of Stacey Behlmer 2003 798 1 Pulling Down the Curtain Exploring Walter Plunkett s Hollywood Legacy February 2 6 30 pm 8 00 pm Walter Plunkett a man responsible for hundreds of celebrated designs in more than 260 films over a 40 year period is not a household name Plunkett s career as a self taught costume designer included one of the most iconic film costumes of all time Scarlett O Hara s Curtain Dress Yet the question remains why Walter Plunkett has not achieved the same prominence as his peers Join us as Joanna Abijaoude Museum Associate at the FIDM Museum brings Walter Plunkett s legacy out from behind the shadows and illustrates why his work made a lasting and relevant impact in the world of costume design All lectures Textile Arts Council Members 10 Museum Members 15 General 20 Advance reservations required Tickets include entrance to the Exhibition Galleries starting at 6 00 pm and a wine and cheese reception Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 June 05 2014 Fashion Birthday Walter Plunkett Costume designer Walter Plunkett was born on this day in 1902 To celebrate the occasion we offer you a French hood designed by Plunkett for Young Bess 1953 a fictionalized biography of Queen Elizabeth I It was first published in 2010 If you re a fan of Walter Plunkett s work be

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Wedding
    Collection includes at least 16 wedding gowns plus dozens of bridal accessories from the 18th 19th and 20th centuries Wedding gowns are well represented in museum collections they are frequently saved for sentimental reasons along with shoes veils bouquets and other accessories and mementos The ivory satin gown above came into the Larson Collection with its matching slippers and the letter in which the bride accepted the groom s offer of marriage Wedding Ensemble worn by Queen Elisabeth of Romania 1869 Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection Unlike many historic garments wedding gowns can often be connected to a specific owner and a precise date The satin gown trimmed with lilies of the valley above belonged to Queen Elisabeth of Romania and undoubtedly appealed to Helen Larson because of its royal connections as well as its beauty and its excellent state of preservation Wedding Gown England c 1803 Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection But few of these gowns were worn only once until the twentieth century a wedding gown often did double duty as a bride s best dress for years after the ceremony Indeed for some gowns like the embroidered cotton mull example above provenance alone tells us that it was a wedding dress and not simply a formal dress White was the fashionable hue of the early 1800s and not yet irrevocably associated with bridal wear as it would be by the mid 19th century The wedding gown below was remodeled to wear as formal court dress we can only guess at its original appearance Today brides often choose formal gowns with historic details like trains hoop petticoats lace and corsets historically however they have been much more in sync with the fashions of their times Wedding Gown Europe c 1885 Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection Helen Larson spent 50 years assembling her collection now it is in danger of being dispersed forever or absorbed into another private collection inaccessible to students researchers and the general public The FIDM Museum urgently needs your help to save the Larson collection Please open your own pocketbook and make a contribution online or by mail or join our 4for400 social media campaign to donate 4 or more by texting Museum to 243725 Donations are tax deductible if your company has a matching gift program your support will go even further You can also help by spreading the word on social media using the 4for400 hashtag The FIDM Museum as until the end of 2015 to finish raising the necessary funds so please join the campaign and help save 400 years of fashion history Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 March 25 2014 More BLISS Open now at the FIDM Museum BLISS 19th Century Wedding Gowns from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection explores the evolving silhouette of 19th century wedding gowns From the simple sheaths of the First Empire to the complicated draperies of the Gilded Age BLISS features a wedding gown from each decade of the 19th century Meant to

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