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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Fundraising Friday: The Princess Line
    before being cut and sewn in the trendy new style The gown has an unusually well documented history In 1928 it was given to the British costume historian Doris Langley Moore by her mother in law as a family heirloom It became the foundation of the vast collection of historic garments and textiles Moore assembled before her death in 1989 Actress Vivien Leigh modeled the gown in Moore s 1949 book The Woman in Fashion Helen Larson had long known and admired the gown when she finally persuaded Moore to sell it to her for her own collection in 1964 for 70 Larson usually had her purchases shipped home from England by sea yet she made a rare exception for this dress hand carrying it in her own luggage as she flew back to California It has since been adopted for the FIDM Museum by Joady and Jerry Goreclick 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 needs your help to save the Larson collection You can make a contribution of any amount online or by mail or join our 4for400 social media campaign Donations are tax deductible if your company has a matching gift program your support will go even further The FIDM Museum has until the end of 2015 to finish raising the necessary funds so please join the campaign and help make fashion history Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post What an amazing dress I would have hand carried it to California too The embroidered back detail is absolutely beautiful Posted by Becky Delson July 26 2015

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Fundraising Friday: Announcing the #4for400 Campaign
    fundraising drive for the acquisition of the Larson Collection will allow supporters to donate just 4 to help us save 400 years of history All donations can be made easily from mobile phones and social media platforms With YOUR help we can share gram and tweet the word about the Larson collection and encourage more people to get involved with the FIDM Museum Make sure you re following the Museum on social media to receive more details about the August 4 launch of 4for400 Facebook Instagram and Twitter and stay tuned to the blog for announcements The 4for400 campaign has the power to keep this one of a kind cultural treasure at the FIDM Museum where it can be appreciated for generations to come We thank our loyal visitors blog readers and Museum community for your continued support together we can save the Larson Collection 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2015/07/fundraising-friday-announcing-the-4for400-campaign.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Out & About: Television Exhibition Opening
    Hall Emmy nominated costumes the Fox series Gotham by Lisa Padovani Emmy nominated costumes for the BBC PBS miniseries Wolf Hall by Joanna Eatwell Emmy nominated costumes for the Fox series T he Mindy Project by Costume Designers Guild President Salvador Perez This year the Television Academy has instituted new rules for the Outstanding Costume Design nominees In the past separate awards were given in two categories series and miniseries movie This year two statuettes will be awarded but they will honor contemporary costumes and period fantasy costumes regardless of the format of the show The new rules make it easier for the Academy to recognize contemporary costumes which were often shut out by period pieces in both of the old categories Thus The Mindy Project will compete against Gotham but not Wolf Hall set in the sixteenth century Jennifer L Bryan with her costumes for AMC s Better Call Saul also worked on AMC s Breaking Bad Ellen Mirojnick a 2013 Emmy winner for HBO s Behind the Candelabra makes last minute adjustments to her costumes for Cinemax s The Knick The exhibition is organized by guest curator Mary Rose costume designer and past member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts Sciences Costume Design Supervision Peer Group Like all of our exhibitions it is free to the public Visit us Tuesday Saturday 10am 5pm through September 26 FIDM Museum Director Barbara Bundy and guest curator Mary Rose Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post Those argyle hose from The Mindy Project oh my Posted by Becky Delson July 26 2015 at 10 29 AM Verify your Comment Previewing your Comment Posted by This is only a preview Your comment has not

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2015/07/emmys.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Fundraising Friday: A Love Story in Lace
    the royal couple or part of the Honiton display at the Great Exhibition of 1851 Research by FIDM Museum Curator Kevin Jones established that it was designed for the Great Exhibition by T Sharp and manufactured by John Tucker who employed more than 500 lacemakers in Branscombe East Devon Kevin presented his findings at the prestigious Anglo American Conference of Historians held last week in London In order to illustrate the scale of the piece which measures 44 inches tall by 50 inches wide including its frame Kevin showed a photo of himself and Associate Curator Christina Johnson posing with the lace Christina Johnson and Kevin Jones One final mystery remained how did a royal family heirloom find its way to a private collector in Whittier California Larson bought the piece in 1977 from British dealer Doris Langley Moore who had purchased it during World War II from the Officers Families Fund a charity founded in 1899 to provide relief to widows and children of military casualties During World War II the organization decided to collect heirloom lace exhibit it and sell it to raise funds Both Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and the Victoria Albert Museum donated lace from their collections to the cause The roundel likely came from one of those sources Today British antiquities laws would never allow this important artifact to leave the country but in 1977 Larson pronounced herself delighted beyond words to have something of such historic significance The personal coat of arms of Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg and Gotha 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 needs your help to save the Larson collection You

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2015/07/fundraising-friday-a-love-story-in-lace.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Out & About: An Inspired Opening
    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 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 appear until approved

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2015/06/out-about-an-inspired-opening.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Fundraising Friday: An American Duchess
    came true for Consuelo Vanderbilt 1877 1964 who at the time she donned this creation was the 9th Duchess of Marlborough Consuelo had been the wealthiest of the American Dollar Princesses and her arranged marriage made her mistress of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire the only private palace in Great Britain Her magnificent gown a delicate confection of silk satin silk tulle and thousands of hand tinted and hand embroidered glass bugle beads is attributed to the French couture house Callot Soeurs and was likely worn as dinner attire The deep neckline would have accentuated Consuelo s famously long slim neck Although her illustrious marriage did not last this gown has been beautifully preserved a shimmering relic of the Gilded Age Consuelo Vanderbilt Duchess of Marlborough and Her Son Lord Ivor Spencer Churchill Giovanni Boldini 1906 Oil on canvas Metropolitan Museum of Art acc no 47 71 Gift of Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan 1946 www metmuseum org 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 needs your help to save the Larson collection You can make a contribution of any amount online or by mail or join our 4for400 social media campaign Donations are tax deductible if your company has a matching gift program your support will go even further The FIDM Museum has until the end of 2015 to finish raising the necessary funds so please join the campaign and help make 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

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Ralph Rucci
    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 inch wide strips of alligator skin are sewn at contrary angles onto delicate silk netting the strips match up faultlessly at the side seams creating perfect linear movement Luxurious materials and a well trained atelier yield impressive garments with unavoidably high prices Rucci explains I m not for everybody I make the most expensive clothes in the United States not because I want to but because I want the best 1 1 Linda Gillian Griffin High Fashion Fine Art Houston Chronicle April 8 2001 Quoted in Anne Bissonnette Chado Ralph Rucci Kent State University Museum 2006 24 25 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post Always love a Ralph Rucci such thoughtfulness Posted by Caroline July 17 2015 at 12 13 PM Amazing craftsmanship It reminds me of designer chocolate not just for the color but for the composition Such an art to a truly good chocolate and such art to this dress Beautiful Posted by Becky Delson July 26 2015 at 10 33 AM 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 appear until approved by the author Post another comment The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2015/07/ralph-rucci.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Vivier's "Virgule"
    be seen on another pair in the FIDM Museum s collection In 1963 he introduced this playful ultrafeminine heel which he dubbed the Virgule French for comma The shape of the heel was echoed in the handles of the hinged hollow wooden shoe inserts that helped the mesh uppers of this pair keep their shape 79 422 12A D Vivier was also known for his love of elaborate ornamentation here gold stitching and beads of orange glass green glass and gold create a jeweled effect on the translucent white and gold mesh But it was a very simple style that became Vivier s most iconic design the low heeled silver buckled Pilgrim pumps Catherine Deneuve wore in 1967 s Belle de Jour They are still in production today along with the Virgule which the brand resurrected in 2013 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post Vivier came to New York during world War II He could not make shoes due to wartime restrictions on leather so he became a milliner a trade he learned in at year from another expatriate Mlle Remy They opened a shop on the Upper East Side called Roger et Susanne He traced his love of ornamentation to his millinery training Posted by Nadine Stewart July 14 2015 at 08 38 AM These are beautiful but oh how my feet hurt just looking at the picture Posted by Becky Delson July 26 2015 at 10 35 AM 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 appear until approved by the author Post

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2015/07/vive-vivier.html (2016-02-12)
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