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  • FIDM Museum Blog: FIDM Museum seeks Fall 2014 intern
    12 weeks This unpaid position offers flexible hours Interns work closely with FIDM Museum staff on a variety of projects and have the opportunity to view rare examples of historic and contemporary fashion We accept interns seeking academic credit for undergraduate level or above interns must make appropriate arrangements with their academic institution Applications cover letter and resumé will be reviewed upon receipt and qualifying applicants will be interviewed prior to beginning internship Applications for the Fall 2014 internship are due Monday August 25 To submit your application or for additional information contact us via email internships fidmmuseum org 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2014/08/fidm-museum-seeks-fall-2014-intern.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: From the Archives: Chanel day dress, c. 1937
    glittered with embellishment She also designed feminine romantic day wear like the c 1937 afternoon dress pictured here Afternoon dress Gabrielle Coco Chanel c 1937 Gift of The Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising 79 25 5 The softly feminine silhouette seen here demonstrates the 1930s turn away from the streamlined 1920s silhouette Instead of unshaped sheath dresses that disguised the body 1930s fashion focused on showcasing the female form with form fitting bias cut dresses and tailored suits that emphasized the waist Chanel s chiffon afternoon dress features a seam at the natural waist and a self fabric belt for emphasis The flowing skirt is cut on the bias and would float gracefully around the wearer s legs when walking Because of its mid calf length we know this dress was intended for day wear Despite her reputation for a pared down aesthetic Chanel was no stranger to flowers and frou frou Throughout the 1930s flowers were an extremely popular decorative device In 1935 it was reported that all Paris today is wearing flowers both real and artificial 1 Floral patterns were a favorite for day and evening dresses used as dimensional decoration on garments and accessories and for decoration in the hair Chanel used flowers often a camellia as a soft accent on garments as a motif in her jewelry designs and as textile pattern In this afternoon dress Chanel used self fabric cut out flowers to embellish the neckline and unusual split sleeves Individual daisies were carefully cut from a length of filmy chiffon stacked and sewn around the scooped neckline and sleeves Chanel s use of this inventive time consuming embellishment elevates an otherwise straightforward afternoon dress to the level of haute couture 1 Parisians Vie for Originality in Floral Wear The Washington Post 5 July 1935

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Coco Chanel
    It became a classic and functions today as shorthand for the designer herself Two piece suit Gabrielle Chanel Spring 1964 Transfer from the Museum at FIT 2004 291 24AB This Chanel suit dates from what has been called Chanel s second comeback Chanel closed her couture house during World War II and didn t reopen until 1953 Her first few comeback collections were not well received probably because Christian Dior s New Look silhouette was prevalent Chanel persevered however and by 1958 59 her aesthetic regained popularity Her suits were particularly appealing to American women who embraced them as luxurious sportswear Stylistically the Chanel suits of the 1950s and 1960s were very similar to those she designed in the 1930s 2004 291 24B Chanel s Spring 1964 collection was lauded for the way in which it blended sophistication with youthful appeal All garments in this collection were cut with a high armhole and smaller shoulder giving the overall impression of a small frame The models resembled schoolgirls with straight cut bangs and large white bows tied around their ponytails Pleated swingy skirts were similar to those worn by schoolgirls As always the Spring 1964 featured the careful finish for which Chanel was renowned Suit jackets were fully lined and lightly quilted in place to prevent sagging The lining was usually made of the blouse fabric creating a sense of overall cohesion In the FIDM Museum Chanel suit the inside lining spills over to the jacket lapels A gold chain is stitched along the inner hem of the jacket giving it additional weight Gold chains are a very famous aspect of Chanel s aesthetic one that is often referenced by Karl Lagerfeld the current designer for Chanel 1 Lourdes Font Chanel Gabrielle Bonheur In Grove Art Online Oxford Art Online http

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2009/12/coco-chanel.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: 1920s silhouette
    of designers most notably Lanvin to reintroduce longer and fuller skirts in the first few years of the 20s to no avail Newspaper opinion columns from the time actively celebrate this break from Paris one simply stating Paris has capitulated The Ladies win Posted by Samantha Bulgerin March 27 2010 at 10 44 AM My choices have absolutely been negatively influenced by the runway idiots my body has never conformed to their tall skinny flat forms My figure is Rubenesque and I am a very healthy and active modern professional woman on a budget For so many years the runways featured sour ugly styles and colors I have learned to sew expertly for myself inspired by the classic and versatile clothing of China India and the interpretations of the Folkwear pattern company to make clothes that are becoming beautiful comfortable and allow freedom of movement They also give me a palette for my wonderful jewelry I consider the fashion industry to be hostile to real working women seeking to make a profit without concern for providing a useful product and I see fashion victims all over the place in my college classrooms as well as in faculty meetings They are another example of image overtaking function leading millions of women down a path of deformity and debt At the same time I love beautiful fabrics and enjoy studying the historic techniques and fabrics featured in the FIDM Sometimes I can adapt them to my own clothes and those of my friends and relatives Why can t we have more than one ideal body type on the runway Why can t they be healthy women instead of anorexic children or drugged teenage zombies We would do so many girls a service to show them beauty as part of health I love fashion and remember my mother s pleasure in the 1950s in luncheons and fashion shows So I am grounded in health and real life and look at high fashion only as a distant spectacle Posted by Kristina Sullivan March 29 2010 at 07 31 AM Wow thanks for all of the comments Seems like the idea of a physical ideal has struck a nerve with some readers Kristina I do think that there is a move afoot to introduce models with more diverse body types This blog post from The Cut talks about the most recent issue of French Elle which featured larger models http nymag com daily fashion 2010 03 french elle devoted the april html If you read through the comments on this post one of the complaints has to do with the fact that French Elle is swinging to the opposite end of the spectrum and not featuring any women in between I m definitely going to keep tabs on this emerging debate Kat I agree It s much more appealing to wear what flatters rather than what is currently in fashion Meghan you make a great point I ve never thought of the shift in those

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2010/03/1920s-silhouette.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: A FABULOUS! soirée to benefit the FIDM Museum
    Held at glamorous Fashion Island in Newport Beach CA our generous sponsors include Celebrity Cruises Expect wonderful surprises throughout the evening Pre Show Party 5pm Celebrity Cruises treats you to a taste of Modern Luxury Enjoy the Wine Lounge and fare from Fashion Island restaurants Fashion Show 7pm Fashion Island cocktail wear and Modern Luxury evening wear interpreted by FIDM Advanced Study Students Cocktail Attire Purchase tickets Date September 13 2014 5pm 9pm Venue Neiman Marcus Bloomingdale s Courtyard Fashion Island 401 Newport Center Drive Newport CA 92660 Ticket Price Individual 110 Couple 200 For additional information call the FIDM Museum Fashion Council Office 949 244 7977 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

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Curating International Inspiration: The Donald and Joan Damask Collection
    of International Inspiration Some of the objects I chose included a hand stenciled velvet Fortuny jacket from c 1920 a traditional Chinese undergarment made of bamboo beads a modern Armani suit and a Spring Summer 1999 Prada paper top Add to this photographs of Christian Dior s haute couture taken by Willy Maywald 1907 85 and Cecil Beaton s 1904 80 portrait photos of the rich and royal Keeping my intent in mind it helped me to think about these international objects in terms of pure visual form shape color and texture Suddenly the Chinese bamboo undergarment and Fortuny jacket didn t seem so aesthetically removed from one another both are short T shapes have muted cream colored highlighting are extremely detailed close up light in visual feel and look great abstracted into a two dimensional plane Jacket left Designer Mariano Fortuny Venice Italy c 1920 Silk velvet metallic paint Gift of Joan Beer and Donald Damask 2013 1250 66 Jacket right China c 1900 Bamboo beads cotton Gift of Joan Beer and Donald Damask 2013 1250 70 I love seeing how things were originally worn and styled The Elsa Perreti ivory cuff for Halston carved to accommodate the bony knob of a woman s wrist is displayed against the 1971 Vogue magazine it appears in as photographed by Irving Penn it s on the model s right wrist I love the juxtaposition of minimalist cuff design with maxi caftan and masses of chunky jewelry Bracelet Elsa Peretti for Halston France 1971 Carved ivory Gift of Joan Beer and Donald Damask 2013 1250 71 Being a curator is a privilege in part because you get to see and examine so many amazing objects But it s also a delight to get to know donors like the Damasks Their generosity in

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Rudi Gernreich garments featured in A Queer History of Fashion
    and together with a small group of friends they founded the Mattachine Society The first branch of the Society was based in Los Angeles though off shoots soon emerged in other urban centers With its emphasis on reducing isolation and promoting common cause among gay men the Mattachine Society was one of the earliest gay rights groups in the United States Caftan Rudi Gernreich 1970 Bequest of the Rudi Gernreich Estate G85 331 17 This caftan one of two Gernreich caftans we loaned to A Queer History of Fashion is the ultimate expression of Gernreich s dislike for fashions that confined movement As a designer Gernreich worked to liberate the body His No Bra bras unlined bras offering a natural look and the famous breast baring monokini demonstrate this effort Though many of Gernreich s designs emphasized youthful bodies with this caftan Gernreich proposed a unisex uniform for the elderly Created for Expo 1970 held in Osaka Japan this silk caftan was designed for maximum comfort Instead of emphasizing the body it was designed to abstract the body In Gernreich s words If a body can no longer be accentuated it should be abstracted 1 To distract from the body Gernreich enlisted both the voluminous silhouette and the colorful abstract pattern Like many of Gernreich s later designs these caftans were intentionally unisex To complete the unisex look Gernreich recommended that both men and women shave their heads so that their gender was less recognizable The designer s interest in unisex clothing can be considered another expression of his interest in sartorial liberation dressing without regard to gender would allow both men and women to express themselves more fully without regard for societal limitations See both of our Rudi Gernreich caftans in A Queer History of Fashion at the Museum

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Superdoll exhibition now open!
    the FIDM Museum through August 16 2014 See the extraordinary Superdolls Tuesday Saturday 10am 5pm This exhibition is free to the public L to R Charles Fegen Superdoll designer Barbara Bundy FIDM Museum Director Desmond Lingard Superdoll designer FIDM Museum Galleries 919 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles California 90015 Ground Floor Park Side 213 623 5821 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post Congratulations to Charles and Desmond on a stunning collection of dolls I so wish I had the opportunity to travel to LA to see them Posted by Simon August 05 2014 at 10 51 AM OMG everything looks great and C D amazing Posted by Bea August 06 2014 at 08 11 AM What an amazing collection of unique chalk whites C D always manage to surprise me with original elegant and exquisite creations Thank you Posted by Giulia August 07 2014 at 07 56 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

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