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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Fundraising Friday: Larson Matching Campaign
    via the text to donate number and online There are several options for hosting a matching campaign Create a goal amount that your organization will match for example match up to 3 000 of all donations made by your members or more if the goal is exceeded Set a specific date or timeline to match all donations made by your members Collect checks and cash directly from your members over a period of time then make a single contribution to the Larson Campaign in the name of your organization Choose an object from the Larson Collection to adopt in the name of your organization members raise half the amount needed and the organization matches the other half Host an event and match total ticket sales and or donations made during the event If you would like more information or if you are interested in hosting a matching campaign please contact Museum Associate Joanna Abijaoude at jabijaoude fidmmuseum org By sponsoring a Helen Larson Collection Matching Campaign your organization can put the FIDM Museum one step closer to meeting our 2 5 million fundraising goal Time is of the essence we have only until the end of 2015 to raise the remaining funds or the Larson Collection could be broken up and lost forever Your organization has the power to keep this one of a kind cultural treasure at a public institution where it can be appreciated by museum visitors and students for generations to come Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post Verify your Comment Previewing your Comment Posted by This is only a preview Your comment has not yet been posted Your comment could not be posted Error type Your comment has been saved Comments are

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Help us launch the #4for400 campaign TODAY!
    on our online 4for400 scoreboard And don t forget to text MUSEUM to 243725 to donate 4 or more to save 400 years of fashion history You can also donate online or by mail Then share like re gram and re tweet 4for400 posts so your friends and followers can join the campaign Feel free to use the graphics below showing just a few highlights from this one of a kind collection The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection is a private collection of 1 400 rare garments and accessories representing 400 years of fashion history If it becomes part of the FIDM Museum s permanent collection it will serve as a cultural treasure for our visitors and an inspirational and educational tool for generations to come Please help us as we raise the funds needed to keep these remarkable objects at the FIDM Museum Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post Verify your Comment Previewing your Comment Posted by This is only a preview Your comment has not yet been posted Your comment could not be posted Error type Your comment has been saved Comments are moderated

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: 2016 Exhibitions Preview
    France c 1875 85 2013 975 2AB Fixed folded or fontage fans have cooled the air aided elegance of movement and spoken a silent language for centuries A Graceful Gift displays the fantastical ornamentation of these miniature artworks that hold our gaze and draw us in to look ever closer minutely painted leaves depict courtly lovers expertly carved mother of pearl scenes reveal convoluting cherubs and delicately entwined silk filaments form bouquets of lace As intended these remarkable late Victorian and Edwardian accessories are complimented by couture ensembles dressed for varied occasions that required a final flourish at the wrist FIDM Fashion Council member and world renowned gemologist Mona Lee Nesseth exercised her jeweler s eye when forming this remarkable collection of Belle Époque fans The FIDM Museum is enriched by her generous gift Costumes from last year s Academy Award winning film The Grand Budapest Hotel designed by Milena Canonero FIDM Museum Galleries popular annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition shines the spotlight on costumes that help bring memorable film characters to life This year s exhibition will feature more than 100 costumes representing 24 of 2015 s most notable films in a variety of genres Visitors will have the opportunity to see the exquisite designs and craftsmanship produced by Hollywood s top costume designers The 24th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design show will close April 30 A Graceful Gift will remain on view until July 2 Like all FIDM Museum shows they are free to the public Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post Verify your Comment Previewing your Comment Posted by This is only a preview Your comment has not yet been posted Your comment could not be posted Error

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: An Interview With Illustrator David Croland
    where I was a model After that London for all of 1969 where I was also a model That s where my illustration career began My first assignments were full page beauty illustrations for Harper s Bazaar and drawing the Paris collections After London I moved back to New York and the illustration career took off Lots of work for Harper s Bazaar Vogue and many cosmetic companies I was asked by Halston to do portraits of his best friends Marisa Berenson Loulou de la Falaise Elsa Peretti and many more in 1970 David Croland Debbie Harry Photograph early 1990s Please tell us about the drawing of the woman s face that we chose for the exhibition s brand Why was it made Was there a specific inspiration or muse Looking at it today what do you like about it The drawing in your show was done for Henri Bendel as part of a shop where I painted the walls with my drawings and that face was used as a poster Donald Damask was the creative director and Geraldine Stutz was the boss The drawing was a bold graphic image that I believe spoke for the time and still looks fresh today David Croland Illustration 1992 FIDM Museum Collection Gift of Joan Beer Damask and Donald Damask Today photography is more prevalent in fashion magazine editorials and advertisements than drawings are Why do you think this is How do drawings communicate differently than photographs Drawings have a fantasy element that speaks to individuals in a different way than photos Less literal More dreamlike and they take the viewer on a different trip David Croland Illustration New York City Ballet Gala Poster early 1990s What are the pros and cons of digital photography vs traditional film photography How does the experience as photographer and sitter differ All good photography is based in the light the photographer uses Digital or film it is so much about how the light is on the model daylight tungsten or flash It s the light location and the attitude of the photographer and the model and how they click together to create an inspiring interesting image David Croland Photograph 2000 Would you describe some of your favorite projects or most memorable clients I have worked for so many clients The Halston portraits took one year to complete because he kept adding women that inspired him to the list That kept me busy and inspired also It was always fun to do fashion previews for Vogue Bazaar and Elle where I would be booked for a week at the magazine to work 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

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: What Inspires a Curator?
    I was also given the added responsibility of coming up with the exhibition concept and much of the exhibition design In addition to drawing plans and laying out the objects order I find that making a list of adjectives to describe the envisioned environment is really helpful in clarifying my thoughts and communicating them to other museum employees For Inspired Eye I was inspired by the Damask s home where the majority of their donation was originally displayed Their home is modern sleek and refined so my exhibition concept was too Light dove grey paint was a neutral choice allowing the art to pop away from the walls and platforms while at the same time making the exhibition space seem as large as possible dark colors condense interior space I knew I wanted to infuse the entire exhibition with Donald and Joan I needed our audience to know them to know why they collected certain things and what their collections meant to them I decided to reference their own bookcase in the title wall how they tended to arrange the treasured books along with little figurines and framed art I didn t have much space for thematic text panels so I asked Donald and Joan for quotes about the themes I chose and had those statements rendered in orange red vinyl lettering matching our FIDM Museum logo high above the objects on display The sans serif font matches the Damasks pared down contemporary aesthetic An exhibition s brand image is vital for relaying what sorts of items will be on display to potential visitors I played around with selecting a group of eyeballs from the donated photographs and illustrations thinking about having a cluster of different eyes rendered in many media But it looked too dense and was too hard

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Fundraising Friday: Linen and Lace
    in the depths of winter This rare survival is a type of garment often called a a lingerie dress Popular from about 1900 to 1910 these lightweight light colored dresses were adorned with embroidery lace cutwork ruffles and ribbons similar to the embellishments found on women s undergarments They could be worn for daytime events such as garden parties promenades and horse races As Harper s Bazaar noted in April 1909 The lingerie dress is one of the most vitally important item s of the summer outfit vol 43 p 426 Hat Europe or United States c 1908 Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection The FIDM Museum has a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire these rare and beautiful objects and many more like them before the Larson Collection is dispersed forever or sold into private hands But we need your help to save the Larson Collection Time is running out Please 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 or organization 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 only has until the end of the month 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 You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post Verify your Comment Previewing your Comment Posted by This is only a preview Your comment has not yet been posted Your comment could not be posted Error type Your comment has been saved Comments are moderated and will not

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: The Stocking of the Stars
    flashy colors patterns embellishments and clocks the ornamental designs on the sides of stockings grew more elaborate Willys of Hollywood became known for doing tricks with hosiery as Women s Wear Daily put it acquiring several patents Novelty ensured that hosiery sold fast and went out of style quickly De Mond firmly believed that the right pair of stockings could make a short woman look taller or thick ankles look thinner 5 In 1937 Willys of Hollywood relocated to larger quarters and added a dyeing service an important selling point as color film was introduced 6 World War II inspired the firm s Blitzkrieg series of 1941 which included stockings with phosphorous painted glow in the dark beads glued on in the shape of bombers anti aircraft guns submarines tanks and parachutists one pair was emblazoned with the American flag 7 Another wartime novelty was bright red toenails painted on evening hose to wear with open toed shoes But restrictions on nylon and rayon made stockings hard to come by during the war forcing many women to go bare legged In 1946 production ramped up again to meet voracious demand The following year de Mond opened a new factory dye plant and retail store to keep up with orders For the first time Willys of Hollywood stockings became widely available outside of Hollywood In the midst of this expansion de Mond announced plans to introduce a new novelty stocking each month There were stockings with 24 carat gold clocks rhinestone encrusted stockings and ombre stockings De Mond designed padded hosiery for women with shrunken deformed or extremely thin legs 8 These Hideaway stockings in the FIDM Museum collection have a handmade zipper pocket for mad money that extra key compact lipstick powder puff and jewels according to the packaging In 1947 de Mond was honored with a special order placed by Lord Inverchapel the British Ambassador to the U S for six identical pairs of 15 denier seamless sandal foot nylon stockings in ivory with hand sewn clocks in the shape of an arrow studded with seed pearls a wedding gift for Princess Elizabeth of England There are 45 perfectly matched pearls on each side of the stocking de Mond told the Spokane Daily Chronicle I sewed them on by hand tacking them to the strands of nylon so they won t pull 9 The order was airmailed directly to Buckingham Palace and the princess wore one of the six pairs at her wedding to Philip Mountbatten on November 20 1947 10 De Mond soon introduced a similar commercially produced pair marketed to brides Willys of Hollywood was sold to Sanson Hosiery in 1950 only Mr de Mond s special creations continued to bear his first name as well as Sanson s 1 Women s Wear Daily February 26 1937 2 Women s Wear Daily November 12 1937 3 Women s Wear Daily October 28 1938 4 Women s Wear Daily November 27 1942 5 Women s Wear Daily July

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  • FIDM Museum Blog
    400 years of fashion history including a rare 17th century man s doublet garments and accessories worn by European royalty and pieces by 22 haute couture designers including Paquin Doucet Chanel Callot Soeurs Worth Fortuny Lucile Félix Beer and Lanvin The collection has been on loan to the FIDM Museum for the past three years and it has served as a valuable tool for education and outreach as well as a stunning complement to the museum s permanent collection If the Larson collection becomes part of the permanent collection it will serve as a cultural treasure for our visitors and an inspirational and educational tool for generations to come If not it is in danger of being dispersed forever or absorbed into another private collection inaccessible to students researchers and the general public We are still a long way from our fundraising goal and hope you will consider supporting the Larson campaign this Giving Tuesday You can make a contribution online or by mail or donate by texting Museum to 243725 Donations are tax deductible if your company or organization has a matching gift program your support will go even further You can also help by simply spreading the word on social media using the 4for400 and GivingTuesday hashtags The FIDM Museum has until the end of 2015 to finish raising the necessary funds so please help save 400 years of fashion history Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 November 26 2015 Happy Thanksgiving A collar of black turkey feathers frames the V neckline of this black silk Oscar de la Renta gown one of two turkey trimmed ensembles by the designer in the FIDM Museum collection Wishing all of our readers a very happy Thanksgiving Fundraising Friday will return next week Oscar de la Renta 1980s Gift of Clarissa Dyer 2003 794 12 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 November 24 2015 West Coast Mod New York s Seventh Avenue may be America s fashion capital but California has always been the heart of the American sportswear industry The California pace is easy outdoorsy sunny Vogue declared in 1954 California clothes suit it perfectly 1 Phil Rose of California was one of the many garment companies based in the Golden State producing inexpensive easy to wear clothes appropriate for active informal lifestyles The label became known for melding Italianate style the mod look of the 1960s with the casual California aesthetic Phil Rose of California 1967 Gift of Stephanie Kline Morehouse 2003 148 1 This shift dress of multicolored wool exemplifies the company s brand of cheap chic A similar dress was illustrated in Women s Wear Daily in April 1967 described as a shift in paintbox colors framed in black an abstract art arrangement in wool designed for Phil Rose by Irene Saltern 1911 2005 2 Born in Germany Saltern attended fashion school in Berlin where she lived next door to Albert Einstein In the late 1930s Saltern moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in costume design working on more than 35 films for Republic Pictures and United Artists before turning her talents to fashion design In 1950 she became head designer for Tabak one of the early Los Angeles sportswear companies Detail As early as 1944 the Los Angeles Times noted Stressing the importance of line and silhouette rather than intricate detail Miss Saltern uses a technique which she calls optical illusion a play of bright colors against dark shades that trim the figure down to slim graceful proportions the same technique used in this dress 3 1 Vogue April 15 1954 2 Women s Wear Daily April 19 1967 3 Los Angeles Times October 11 1944 b Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 1 November 20 2015 Fundraising Friday Vintage Fashion The FIDM Museum is in the final weeks of a major fundraising campaign to purchase the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection a private collection of 1 400 historic garments and accessories from four centuries Each Friday this blog will present an exquisite piece from the Larson Collection Evening Coat Europe or United States c 1927 Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection This cream silk panne velvet evening coat is hand painted with leaves and grapevines overlaid with granulated glass that reflects light like glitter It has the straight silhouette and abbreviated hemline characteristic of the 1920s the decade when Prohibition prohibited the sale of wine and other alcoholic drinks in the United States Because it was legal to make wine at home for personal consumption however many Americans became amateur vintners and enthusiastic oeneophiles during Prohibition which lasted until 1933 This coat may be a witty reference to the fruit of the vine s newfound popularity a different kind of vintage fashion The FIDM Museum has a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire this rare and beautiful garment and many more like it before the Larson Collection is dispersed forever or sold into private hands But we need your help to save the Larson Collection We have raised more than twenty percent of the necessary funds but we still have a long way to go and time is running out Please 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 or organization 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 November 19 2015 Black Beauty Though often used as a synonym for black jet refers to a type of semi precious stone formed from coal derived from fossilized driftwood The finest jet came from Whitby on the northeast coast of England and could be polished to a

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