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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Opening soon: 8th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition
    of Television Arts Sciences Costume Design Supervision Peer Group 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 My daughter and I visited the gallery exhibition Designing Hollywood The sketches were beautiful However when I asked about visiting the Museum a security at the door told Me that that was just for students We were very sad to leave without seeing the museum exhibit I checked online and it said it was open to public Posted by Alma July 08 2014 at 11 39 PM Hello Alma I am so sorry to hear that you had trouble when you visited us I ve sent you an email responding to our experience Please let me know if you have any additional questions Rachel Harris FIDM Museum Social Media Manager Posted by FIDM Museum July 14 2014 at 08 37 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

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Designing Hollywood: Designers
    entered the industry more judiciously Travis Banton worked for London couturière Lucile Lady Duff Gordon before migrating to Hollywood Still others had little or no experience in design or garment construction only raw talent perseverance and luck Illustration skills helped many like Renie who started as a sketch artist as the first rung up her long career ladder In Hollywood s Golden Age the 1920s through the 1960s filming was an unrelenting production line designers had to be efficient and prolific under constant stress Sadly for some the pressures were too severe Dolly Tree succumbed to alcoholism and Irene committed suicide Short careers were common like André Ani at Metro Goldwyn Mayer while the fortunate survived decades such as Gwen Wakeling who designed from 1923 until 1966 Several costume designers had auxiliary fashion careers marketing their own clothing lines Helen Rose and Travilla being successful examples Once the old Studio System crumbled in the late 1960s designers were no longer signed to exclusive multi year contracts Today s aspirants are freelancers Based on a the popular 1966 novel by Jacqueline Susann Valley of the Dolls follows three young women as they pursue fame and fortune in Hollywood With a focus on the dark side of fame Valley of the Dolls is now considered a camp classic Worn by Jennifer North Sharon Tate the green and pink ensemble pictured above appears onscreen very briefly Despite its fleeting appearance Travilla s sketch for the costume is fully realized and brimming with personality It is a personal favorite of collector Christian Esquevin who describes it as having so much panache See this sketch in Designing Hollywood at the FIDM Museum Tuesday Saturday from 10am 5pm through November 1 2014 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Christian Esquevin on Designing Hollywood
    and care for costumes the way they would require The storage requirements for costumes alone are daunting and the preservation and repair considerations are overwhelming I m too much of an acquirer to be diverted by these other considerations Sketch by famed Los Angeles costume designer William Travilla from an unknown film Do you have a favorite sketch If it s too hard to select just one pick a few I do have many many favorite sketches Some because of their beauty some because of their rarity or historical importance some because of their panache and some because of the circumstances of how I acquired them There is the costume sketch of Rudolph Valentino done by Adrian for Valentino s last film Son of the Sheik in 1926 It is very rare The Valentino films were Adrian s first launch into Hollywood and his designs for men s costumes virtually stopped after Valentino There is the costume sketch of Cyd Charisse designed by Walter Plunkett for Singing in the Rain used in the Broadway Melody ballet scene It has Plunkett s dedication note to Cyd Charisse at the bottom and the sketch came from her own estate Another favorite is a sketch done for the first Ben Hur in 1925 a design by Harold Grieve for Ramon Navarro It is very rare a tall sketch of Navarro in Roman battle dress which he wears in the film s long finale And there s the sketch by Travilla for Sharon Tate in Valley of the Dolls It s barely seen in the move but the sketch has so much panache And I can t pass up the beautiful sketch of Elizabeth Taylor in Raintree County This was a Civil War era movie that Plunkett considered even more ambitious than Gone with the Wind And then again there s a collection of sketches I got from the daughter of costume designer Mary Wills which includes groups of sketches from such films as The Virgin Queen The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm Hans Christian Andersen and Carousel It s wonderful to be able to preserve groups of sketches from the same film as they so often get broken up and scattered I could go on Is there a holy grail sketch that would complete your collection I can t say that there is one sketch that would do this for me In any case the ones I would want are virtually unobtainable The Gone with the Wind sketches are in institutional hands for the most part Sketches by Adrian for his leading actresses Garbo Crawford Harlow Lamarr Greer Hepburn Garland etc are as scarce as hen s teeth since almost all of them were destroyed Travis Banton s costume sketches for Marlene Dietrich are mostly at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts Sciences Herrick Library The others for Carole Lombard or Claudette Colbert are who knows where Perhaps some of these will turn up some day But there are so many excellent

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Behind the scenes of Artfully Adorned: Jewelry from the Christie Romero Collection
    lasted several months In the case of Artfully Adorned I chose to look at the jewelry like a physical timeline to answer the following questions What does each object represent in its historical context How does the design reflect popular aesthetics or art movements Does it symbolize a greater social significance beyond adornment The answers to these questions were discovered through two avenues research and analysis of the objects Christie Romero was a gemologist collector historian curator consultant and appraiser Her bestselling book Warman s Jewelry a reference guide to 18 th 19 th and 20 th century jewelry provides great insight into understanding her collection Her published research explained the significance behind various pieces she had collected Romero organized her collection chronologically creating a timeline that showcased the history of jewelry design and its importance I relied on Romero s research in designing Artfully Adorned which exhibits jewelry as a relatable way to connect the present to the past In the midst of research it sometimes felt like the process accelerated from 0 to 60mph in the blink of an eye I found I had more information than I knew what to do with I believe the hardest part of curating an exhibition is the editing process Text panels are written to help guide the viewer through the exhibition an explanation of the exhibition s themes and how the objects relate to each other All the information written for these panels in the gallery space must clearly reflect the most important facts about the objects Artfully Adorned is on display in the Annette Green Perfume Gallery which is a fairly small gallery space In order to keep word counts down to a minimum so visitors aren t overwhelmed by the panels many quotes and entertaining facts had to be left out Below are some examples of the fun research I came across that didn t make it into the exhibition In an article from the May 31 1947 Saturday Evening Post the following was used to describe a woman s longing for sparkling baubles during the Great Depression Experience in the 30 s showed that the industry is peculiarly adapted even to weathering a depression When a woman can t afford a new dress she buys new costume jewelry to brighten up her old ones When she goes out to seek a job she finds in a bit of glitter a powerful stimulant for her morale 1 It does not matter if they are real as long as they look like junk Coco Chanel 1924 Marilyn exclaims Diamonds I don t mean rhinestones But diamonds are a girl s best friend during her big number in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes However Marilyn Monroe s diamonds are a girl s best friend jewels were really rhinestones as were Audrey Hepburn s Breakfast at Tiffany s baubles 2 Mounting and placing the jewelry is my favorite part of the process It s both satisfying and exciting to figure out the best way

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Designing Hollywood: Genres
    dollar spending public Cinema genres touch on four basic types Contemporary Dramas Musicals Romantic Comedies and Historical Epics but multiple combinations of these themes can make films difficult to pigeon hole Whether under studio imposed contract during the first movie making decades or as freelancers today most designers have experienced all of these genres at some point in their careers Dramas delve into character psychology which designers often interpret through color the first costumes in pale shades but as the plot intensifies darker hues envelope the actors Musicals tend to be more lighthearted with over the top costumes likely bedazzled in sequins and beads Early talkies valued the sounds of singing but required designers to be mindful of their material choices as sensitive microphones easily picked up rustling fabrics Comedies create opportunities to play with costume proportions and give designers license to engineer stunt effects that perform on cue And Historical films bring history alive again allowing audiences face to face time with the famous that shaped the world Generally though costume accuracy tends to be sacrificed to stylization in keeping with contemporary trends Clocking in at over two hours Ben Hur is a grand historical epic Shot on location in Italy it was the most expensive silent film ever made 1 Nearly 4 million was spent creating sets purchasing wide screen cameras paying actors and making costumes As Ben Hur Ramon Navarro wore the blue and white tunic seen above in more than one scene of the movie See this costume sketch in Designing Hollywood at the FIDM Museum Tuesday Saturday from 10am 5pm through November 1 2014 1 Bible and Cinema Fifty Key Films Ed Adele Reinhartz United Kingdom Routledge 2012 36 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Designing Hollywood: Studios
    2014 Metro Goldwyn Mayer Easter Parade 1948 Designer Irene Irene Lentz Gibbons 1900 1962 Actor Unknown Watercolor gouache on paper L2014 2 33 Paramount Pictures founded 1914 Warner Brothers 1923 Metro Goldwyn Mayer 1924 RKO Radio Pictures 1928 Twentieth Century Fox 1935 these great Golden Age studios spanned the silent 1920s though the turbulent 1960s and except for RKO transitioned into a digital age unknown to their founders The earliest moving pictures were shot in the late 19 th century Studios were established in Europe and in New England but due to the need for brilliant light for filming the industry trekked west and settled in perpetually sunny Southern California particularly around a developing area known as Hollywoodland Early film actors were required to supply their own costumes a holdover practice from theatre work Specialized wardrobe departments were soon established to deal with ever more complex and large scale productions that required highly organized labor forces to dress vast crowd scenes in ballrooms and on battle fields Contracted designers and their assistants churned out thousands of sketches for fifty or more movies per year at the largest studios Every historical era was recreated with costumes stylized into the prevailing mode while contemporary plots set fashion trends as the stars were worshiped globally by millions of fans But this aura of glitz and glamour cloaked a dog eat dog industry where you were only as good as your last picture 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

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: International Inspiration: The Donald and Joan Damask Collection
    to 5 pm Donald and Joan Damask have devoted their lives to creating and collecting outstanding design Their professional lives have focused on luxury marketing and fashion their collecting vision serves as inspiration for this work and resonates with their shared personal aesthetic Residents of Newport Beach California the Damasks donated much of their design collection to the FIDM Museum in the summer of 2013 Included in their gift are over 75 pieces of vintage clothing and world dress seminal photographs by high fashion photographers Willy Maywald 1907 85 and Horst P Horst 1906 99 over 80 photographs sketches and books by artist aesthete Cecil Beaton 1904 80 theatrical designs by Erté 1892 1990 and many limited edition and rare books International Inspiration contains highlights from this outstanding gift We decided to donate our beloved collections to the FIDM Museum because it was time to share them with other people We got great enjoyment out of collecting and we want people to feel the same kind of excitement Through these collections we are sharing knowledge Donald and Joan Damask 2014 By appointment only Contact Jim Nemmert at 949 851 6200 to schedule a viewing FIDM Gallery Orange County 17590 Gillette Avenue Irvine CA 92614 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

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Travel to Italy with the FIDM Museum Fashion Council
    tour and visits to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Burano Lace Museum and Fortuny Museum Next we ll travel to Florence for another private city tour shopping more museums and Costume Colloquium IV Colors in Fashion This biannual conference unites the world s top fashion scholars in exploring a particular topic FIDM Museum Curator Kevin Jones will present his paper A Colony of Colors The Iconic Playboy Bunny All Colloquium participants will join excursions to the Emilio Pucci Archive the Palazzo Pitti and the Stibbert Museum among other institutions Receptions will provide opportunities for making new fashion loving friends and partaking in delectable Italian cuisine We are going to have a great time and raise funds for The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection too Itinerary November 13 Depart Nov 14 16 Venice Hotel Santa Chiara 3 star Nov 17 Travel to Florence Hotel Pitti Palace Ponte Vecchio 4 star Nov 17 23 Florence and Colloquium November 24 Depart for LA Cost Includes airport transportation hotels breakfast tours and museum entry fees Fashion Council dinner Colloquium fees all Colloquium receptions and excursions 3 400 Double Occupancy per person 4 050 Single Occupancy per person Airfare is additional to be arranged by participant We will provide a suggested flight Participation includes a 500 tax deductible donation to the Larson Project Participation is capped at 12 people Cost will not increase but may decrease with full capacity Participants must register by July 15 2014 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

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