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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Hooray for Hollywood!
    enhance the fairy tale magic of Maleficent and Into the Woods the superhero style of Guardians of the Galaxy and X Men Days of Future Past and the historical splendor of Exodus Mr Turner and Selma Guardians of the Galaxy Costumes by Alexandra Byrne Marvel Studios Photo Alex J Berliner ABImages For the kids there s The Boxtrolls and Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb costumed by FIDM grad Marlene Stewart For a virtual roundtable with Stewart and other costume designers represented in the show check out our latest newsletter Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb Costumes by Marlene Stewart 20th Century Fox Photo Alex J Berliner ABImages Experience the Art of Motion Picture Costume Design at our Los Angeles campus 919 S Grand Ave Los Angeles CA 90015 The exhibition is open Tuesday Saturday 10am 5pm through April 25 Like all of our shows it s FREE 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2015/04/hooray-for-hollywood-.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Flower Girls
    a lace edged cotton underdress While not sturdy enough for extended wear crepe paper was an inexpensive solution for a masquerade costume or a quickly outgrown child s garment Daisy Stanford for Dainty Blossom c 1924 25 2003 5 24a c Museum Purchase The Hans Christian Andersen tale Thumbelina inspired this hand painted silk dress and matching cloak and cap Detail hem The butterflies who pull the tiny girl through a daffodil forest to marry her Flower Fairy Prince are another reminder of the transience of youth the young girl will eventually metamorphose into a beautiful woman Wiener Werkstatte c 1930 2005 5 170a b Museum Purchase Three dimensional felt flowers decorate this jacket and skirt ensemble created by the Wiener Werkstatte Vienna Workshop Founded in 1903 the Wiener Werkstatte was a design and manufacturing studio dedicated to creating Gesamtkunstwerk a total work of art that united architecture furniture graphic design clothing and the other material elements of daily life into a compatible whole Detail back Fashion and textiles were an important part of the endeavor a dedicated fashion division was established in 1911 This ensemble dates from the last years of the Wiener Werkstatte when the workshop had transitioned away from contemporary art movements and towards traditional regional folk styles The white edelweiss flower had been a symbol of Austria since the 19th century Hardy pure and short lived it is hard to imagine a more fitting emblem of childhood 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2015/04/girls-of-springtime.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Mod Man: Oscar de la Renta
    new kid in town Oscar de la Renta c 1967 2001 633 Gift of Alexis G Scharff Born in the Dominican Republic de la Renta left home while still a teenager to study painting in Spain He began sketching for fashion houses to make extra money and landed an apprenticeship with the legendary Cristóbal Balenciaga By 1961 he was in Paris working for the Lanvin couture house Eager to try his hand at ready to wear de la Renta turned down a job with Christian Dior and moved to New York in 1963 at the age of 30 By 1967 he had his own label which promptly earned him back to back Coty Awards Vogue pictured the dashing young designer shirtless water skiing in the Bahamas alongside the Cushing sisters and Contessa Consuelo Crespi in a 1968 spread headlined The Beautiful People 2001 633 back view This piece dates from those early carefree days of de la Renta s career The acid green metallic brocade dress trimmed with beaded braid is paired with low heeled pumps and metallic tights Colorful often patterned hosiery drew attention to the sharply rising hemlines of the late 1960s while offering women a pretense of modesty 2001 633 bodice detail A retrospective of the designer s work Oscar de la Renta His Legendary World of Style is currently on view at the Savannah College of Art and Design you can see more dresses by the master on the exhibition website 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/2015/04/mod-man-oscar-de-la-renta.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Put on your Easter bonnet!
    the milliner s imagination and the customer s budget Bonnet Europe c 1863 straw and horsehair At a time when women of fashion wore hats every day along with gloves and corsets the concept of the Easter bonnet was a vestige of the centuries old tradition of wearing new clothes on Easter New clothes symbolized renewal on a more practical level they welcomed warmer weather and advertised one s wealth and fashionability The annual Easter parade on New York s Fifth Avenue began in the 1870s and continued into the mid 20th century other American cities developed their own versions of this lavish tradition Bonnet Europe c 1860 straw with black and pink trim In the late 19th and early 20th centuries clothing was much more expensive than it is today Buying a new hat was an easy and relatively inexpensive way to update an outfit especially during the Depression World War II thrust many women into new roles as factory workers farmhands nurses and servicewomen Rosie the Riveter style kerchiefs and mannish military hats replaced elaborate millinery While hats hung on through the war and made a resurgence in the 1950s they were considered hopelessly old fashioned by the mid 1960s Despite the best efforts of the British royal family elaborate hats are primarily seen in museums today Hat Europe c 1877 straw with burnt orange trim FIDM Museum s Orange County Gallery is located at 17590 Gillette Avenue in Irvine It is open by appointment only please contact Jim Nemmert at 949 851 6200 ext 1730 to schedule a visit or stop by on April 25th when the gallery will be open from 11 1 as part of FIDM s annual Open House Please note that both the Los Angeles and Orange County campuses will be closed April

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2015/04/put-on-your-easter-bonnet.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Intern Report: Sportswear in La Mode Illustrée
    to have the opportunity to utilize the FIDM Museum s collection of La Mode Illustrée a French fashion periodical that came into circulation during the mid nineteenth century As its title suggests La Mode Illustrée was dedicated to the dissemination of fashionable garments and accessories but its concept of fashion extended far beyond objects of personal adornment Stipulated underneath the scrolling title were the words Journal de la Famille a reminder that the magazine s content reinforced suitable feminine ideals Embroidery patterns serialized short stories and other miscellaneous family themed editorial content fleshed out the publication s pages The FIDM Museum s collection spans 1869 through 1911 a time frame that was conveniently significant to my dissertation I spent hours poring over the slightly foxed and occasionally torn pages While most people might find carefully turning page by singular page a tedious affair I relished the careful attention I was able to pay to each of them individually My focus was directed towards locating fashion illustrations of sportswear in its most literal sense Dozens of fashion plates showed ensembles for seemingly every possible activity in which one could engage Wedding gowns travelling outfits and even fancy dress costumes broke up the monotony of typical day and evening garments that were necessary elements of the publication but the illustrations of sportswear for outdoor activities were by far the most interesting Season to season La Mode Illustrée showed sportswear and activities that harmonized with the weather For example throughout the spring and summer young ladies are depicted frolicking at the beach in bathing attire in the fall they promenade through tree lined parks Conversely fur trims and heavy layers keep out the cold for ladies shown skating and sledding through the snowy months of winter Ensembles for the more daring sportswomen who

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2015/03/intern-report-sportswear-in-la-mode-illustr%C3%A9e-.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Figaro, Figaro, Figaro!
    after going out of style elsewhere In contrast to the opulence of the elaborately embroidered elite garments displayed elsewhere in the gallery actors in the wildly popular play wore rural Spanish accented dress which started a trend for rustic simplicity among the French aristocracy Figaro s adventures undermining his aristocratic employers sparked revolutionary tensions with real life rulers who tried unsuccessfully to ban the production The topsy turvy world of The Marriage of Figaro where it is impossible to tell boy from girl or maid from mistress has much in common with modern day Los Angeles In a town where dressing up means wearing your good jeans we can easily relate to the way Figaro made informal working class garments look chic Casual Fridays are common in the business world and many companies extend the ethos to the whole workweek The recent history of fashion is full of examples of the very rich imitating the very poor and the practice remains controversial think of Marc Jacobs grunge collection of 1992 or John Galliano s 2000 haute couture collection for Christian Dior inspired by the homeless At the same time though it s become much easier for the poor to imitate the dress of the rich In the 18th century new clothing was prohibitively expensive for most of the population and fashionable clothing which would go out of style long before it wore out was a rare luxury Today thanks to manmade fibers inexpensive purveyors of fast fashion and services like Rent the Runway dressing well on a budget has never been easier Once again it s difficult to tell maid from mistress at a glance Join the FIDM Museum and the Los Angeles Opera for a free concert in Grand Hope Park featuring highlights from the Figaro operas this Saturday

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2015/03/figaro-figaro-figaro.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: A big change to the blog!
    specific mention or image of the object in question These serendipitous finds were always so satisfying I was surprised to find a mention of this Pierre Cardin down jacket while researching the post I also love this post because I was able to write about a complete ensemble The FIDM Museum has a large collection of hairwork jewelry and it was fascinating to learn more about it Hairwork necklace 1850 90 Gift of Andrea Tice 2008 46 101 Which posts have been the most popular with readers The overwhelming crowd favorite was written by Christina Johnson FIDM Museum s Associate Curator It s a compelling exploration of a 1900 evening gown including its relationship to the Paris Exhibition of 1900 Who reads the blog Our readers are deeply interested in fashion history though their motivations vary Some readers are interested in specific construction details while others love the big names of fashion history Many readers seem inspired by the way our blog posts link fashion to broad cultural trends Does the blog have any celebrity followers Our blog has had an unexpected reach Our post on Charles James s baby romper inspired his son to leave a comment Blog posts have also generated interest in FIDM Museum s collection as a whole Loan requests have increased since we started the blog probably because it allows institutions far from Los Angeles for example the Victoria Albert Museum in London and Bendigo Art Gallery in Australia to see what we have to offer Milliner Stephen Jones follows the Museum on Twitter We re also followed by many other museums including the Bata Shoe Museum Because of our annual costume design exhibitions we have a lot of costume designers following our Twitter feed Child s jumper 1956 Charles James Museum Purchase 2008 5 23 When did you leave Los Angeles and how did you keep the blog current after you left Most readers don t realize that since it began the blog was written in Seattle Washington I worked for three years at the Museum and then wanted to return to the Seattle area Curator Kevin Jones and Museum Director Barbara Bundy were game to give my blog proposal a try even though I was already living back in Seattle As we all know the internet offers amazing connectivity I was able to do most research via my computer while also visiting local libraries For object images I had access to the FIDM Museum collections database What have been some unexpected responses to the blog Our curators travel often for research and conferences On several occasions they ve mentioned that new contacts have read our blog It always made me do a double take when I heard this I couldn t believe that my writing and research reached so many people What s next for you Writing the FIDM Museum blog and managing the Museum s social media has been a true privilege I ve enjoyed it immensely and look forward to seeing

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2015/03/a-big-change-to-the-blog.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Opulent Art Royal Tea & Private Concert by the LA Opera
    begin with a Royal Tea and a private Chamber Concert by the LA Opera Dr Kimberly Chrisman Campbell s presentation on 18th century court fashion and society will offer insight into a fascinating era of fashion history This opulent event will conclude with a private tour of two exhibitions Opulent Art 18th Century Dress from the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection and the 23rd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition Tickets for this event are 100 per person Purchase your ticket here 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 by the author Post another comment The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image Please try again As a final step before posting your comment enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below This prevents automated programs from posting comments Having trouble reading this image View an alternate

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