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  • FIDM Museum Blog: June 2013
    Gift of Anonymous Donor 2008 10 5 Continue reading Catalina swimsuit mid 1950s Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 June 21 2013 Jeanne Lanvin bonnet 1913 Jeanne Lanvin 1913 Gift of Joshua Jenny Livingston 2000 879 39 Like her contemporary Gabrielle Coco Chanel Jeanne Lanvin s 1867 1946 career began with hats As a teenager Lanvin apprenticed with at least two Parisian milliners including Maison Félix In 1889 Lanvin still in her early twenties opened her own millinery business The successful milliner ventured into dress design only after the birth of her daughter Marguerite Marie Blanche in 1897 Lanvin designed a wardrobe for Marguerite Marie Blanche and her millinery clients were eager to purchase similar garments for their children In response to this demand Lanvin opened a department dedicated to childrenswear in 1908 The next year Lanvin began designing for women and girls She also joined the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Spanning almost 60 years Lanvin s career flourished until her death in 1946 The house of Lanvin is still in existence with Alber Elbaz as head designer Continue reading Jeanne Lanvin bonnet 1913 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 June 18 2013 Planes Trains Automobiles Travel Fashion Planes Trains Automobiles Travel Fashion June 20 July 19 2013 Monday to Friday 10am 5pm Free Admission Planes Trains Automobiles Travel Fashion explores travel wear from the beginning of the 20 th century through the 1960s Featuring men s and women s travel fashions Planes Trains Automobiles Travel Fashion examines how various modes of transportation affected 20 th century fashion Ephemera and artifacts from the golden age of travel will be on display including a unique Art Deco tea service used on the Queen Mary travel accessories stylish suitcases and souvenir scarves collected on car trips in the 1950s To celebrate the opening of Planes Trains Automobiles Travel Fashion the FIDM Museum Shop will host a public reception on Wednesday June 19th from 6 8pm This special installation is a collaboration between Clever Vintage Clothing and the FIDM Museum Shop Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 June 15 2013 Vest watch fob 1855 65 Vest United States 1855 65 Gift of the Napa County Historical Society 2009 1001 11 By the mid nineteenth century male attire was configured into a standard three piece suit consisting of a jacket vest and trousers Almost a uniform the three piece suit was worn for business daywear country sportswear and formal eveningwear Though the variations were more subtle than those seen in womenswear men could find ways to express their personality and style within this sartorial framework Continue reading Vest watch fob 1855 65 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 June 13 2013 Gatsby s Women 1920s Evening Dress from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection Evening Dress Havet Agnѐs Paris France c 1927 L2011 13 351 Gatsby s Women 1920s Evening Dress from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection FIDM Gallery

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: May 2013
    two piece suits were worn in the 1930s but the scanty modern bikini didn t appear until 1946 Sources differ but it seems that the revealing swimsuit was introduced almost simultaneously in summer 1946 by haute couture designer Jacques Heim and engineer fashion designer Louis Réard Heim called his scanty two piece suit the atome while Réard labeled his the bikini Both names made reference to the US military s July 1946 nuclear tests on Bikini Atoll a low laying island located in the South Pacific Réard s name for the revealing swimsuit stuck and a new style of swimwear was born Bikini Gianni Versace Versace Mare c 1994 1999 Gift of Dorothy Washington Sorensen S2010 1110 83A D Continue reading Versace Mare bikini c 1994 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 May 17 2013 Evening dress c 1926 No matter what your feelings about director Baz Luhrmann s new cinematic adaption of F Scott Fitzgerald s classic American novel The Great Gatsby you can t deny that the film is generating interest in 1920s fashion Though reaction to the film itself has been mixed retailers fashion bloggers and magazine editorials all display symptoms of Gatsby fever Retail collaborations pay homage to the era while also promoting the film The Great Gatsby a new collection from Tiffany Co features sparkling jewelry designed in collaboration with The Great Gatsby s costume designer Catherine Martin Brooks Brothers has also introduced new styles based both on 1920s menswear and the new film version of Gatsby Though it remains to be seen how much the film and its costumes will affect mainstream fashion it s interesting to see fashion history encroaching on popular culture Evening dress c 1926 France Gift of Roxanne Wilson 2003 1 2 Continue reading Evening dress c 1926 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 1 TrackBack 0 May 14 2013 Memorial Day Exhibition Freedom s On Me Freedom s On Me Presented by the FIDM Chapter of the Student Veterans of America Open Daily May 25 2013 June 1 2013 10 am 5 pm Open Memorial Day Free to the Public Commemorating Memorial Day and members of the US Military fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan Freedom s On Me is an exhibition of poster art featuring poignant stylized portraits of soldiers who were killed in action Created by FIDM Graduate Poto Leifi the posters are reminiscent of the patriotic posters displayed in America s downtown storefronts during World War II The title of Leifi s special art project Freedom s On Me is a patriotic twist on the expression Drinks are on me Learn more about Leifi s project on the artist s website Freedom s On Me opens at the FIDM Museum on Friday May 24 2013 at 11 30 am The opening event will include a public ceremony a Color Guard greetings from the City of Los Angeles Mayor s office and a welcome from the artist Poto Leifi To attend the opening event please

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: April 2013
    of exaggerated femininity Based on shapely curves and contours and using an extravagant amount of fabric Dior s New Look appealed to consumers starved for luxury after the deprivations of World War II The silhouette was instantly popular and Maison Dior struggled to fulfill orders Based on the spectacular success of this first collection Dior and his business partners began enacting plans for international expansion Eventually Dior would open retail outlets in London Venezuela and New York Evening gown bodice detail Christian Dior New York c 1953 55 Gift of Anonymous Donor 2003 40 31 Continue reading Christian Dior New York evening gown c 1953 55 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 April 16 2013 Behind the Scenes Photographing objects at the FIDM Museum One of our goals in starting this blog was to reveal the aspects of museum life that are usually out of public view With that in mind we ve brought you posts on exhibition design mount making creating paper wigs and behind the scenes research projects Today we re thrilled to feature an interview with FIDM Museum photographer Brian Sanderson Many of the object photographs seen on our blog and all photos seen in FIDM Museum publications are taken by Brian His photos bring our objects to life highlighting their most compelling visual qualities Keep reading to find out what interested Brian about working with our collection and which objects are most difficult to photograph How long have you been working with the FIDM Museum About 5 years though I ve been photographing for FIDM Publications for about 15 years Did you have a background or interest in fashion or fashion history before you started working with the FIDM Museum No In fact originally my interest in photography really came from the fine art realm I loved the work of Robert Rauschenberg Cindy Sherman John Baldessari and Francesca Woodman In the 80s I started shooting my own images in order to incorporate them into conceptually based prints and drawings In the late 90s I started exploring more documentary type photography and in mid 2000 I ventured into digital photography and fashion studio work When I approached Kevin about photographing for the museum I was intrigued about having the opportunity to explore light on three dimensional forms And how is working with static objects different from the other types of photography that you ve explored I am part of a creative team that can make immediate decisions to change how the camera will capture its subject We can be precise and exacting There s no living subject to move or tire no light starting to disappear That level of control is very freeing How does control free up the creative process To start Kevin and Christina position the object to be photographed Kevin usually weaves a fanciful historically based story for me about who wore the outfit and the setting in which the person lived Next I ask Kevin and Christina what is important

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: March 2013
    1 Due to Pantone s promotion of the color retailers are well stocked with garments and accessories featuring emerald and other shades of green So if you wear green on St Patrick s Day you ll be sporting the most fashionable color of 2013 and immune to the painful pinches given to those who shun green clothing on this informal holiday In the FIDM Museum collection we are fortunate to have some wonderful green garments and accessories In honor of both St Patrick s Day and Pantone s color of the year today s post features an emerald green silk bonnet from the late 19th century Want to see another emerald garment from our collection Revisit our post on James Galanos vivid 1950s cocktail dress Kate Greenaway bonnet c 1880 89 Museum Purchase 2004 5 11 Continue reading Green in fashion Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 March 08 2013 Friday Wrap An occasional round up of events lectures exhibitions and other information of interest This week we remind you to visit our current exhibitions note upcoming lectures by FIDM Museum curators and watch some fashion themed film and television Current Exhibitions and Docent Tours Have you seen our current exhibitions If not head to the FIDM Museum this weekend A Century of Cotton Selections from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection 1800 1900 Accessories from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection and the 21st Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibitions are waiting for you We re open Tuesday Saturday from 10 00 am to 5 00 pm Want to get the stories behind the seams We re offering weekly Docent Tours of the 21st Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition every Saturday 10am Tours are by reservation only To RSVP call 213 623 5821 ex 2240 5 per person or free with FIDM ID Upcoming lectures by FIDM Museum curators Dress and Identity in the Life of Marlene Dietrich 1901 1992 Bowers Museum Saturday March 23 2013 2 PM 3 PM 7 Members 10 Non member Christina Johnson FIDM Museum Associate Curator will speak on the life and style of Marlene Dietrich Please note this event will be held at the Bowers Museum not at the FIDM Museum For location and ticket information visit the Bowers Museum website Fowler OutSpoken Lecture Fringe Concepts Fowler Museum at UCLA Saturday June 1 2013 2 pm Free lecture Kevin Jones FIDM Museum Curator will trace the evolution of fringe in dress from ancient times through modern and contemporary high fashion Please note this event will be held at the Fowler Museum not at the FIDM Museum For location information visit the Fowler Museum website Versailles 73 and Fashion TV Versailles 73 American Runway Revolution isn t in wide release yet but it has been playing at select theatres around the country for the last several months Have you seen it yet It s a documentary focusing on a 1973 fashion show pitting five distinguished French

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: February 2013
    77 116 14 Gift of Mrs Alfred Bloomingdale Continue reading Fashion Birthday Hubert de Givenchy Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 February 15 2013 Making paper wigs When dressing a mannequin for exhibition it s important not to overlook the details Careful attention to the total look makes an ensemble and an exhibition complete Fully dressed mannequins also help visitors better understand the time period on display Once we ve selected a garment for inclusion in an exhibition we consider accessories Is jewelry appropriate Should she carry a handbag What about shoes And most importantly what about hair Curly hair c 1895 topped with a straw boater The waves were created by cutting paper on curved lines To keep the curls from appearing limp individual strands of hair were curled with a pencil Continue reading Making paper wigs Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 6 TrackBack 0 February 12 2013 21st Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition is now open 21st Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design February 12 April 27 2013 Tuesday Saturday 10 00 am to 5 00 pm FREE and open to the public The FIDM Museum is pleased to announce the opening of the 21st Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition Since its inception in 1992 the exhibition has annually honored the incredible creativity of costume designers in the film industry This year s exhibit showcases costumes from all five Academy Award nominees for Best Costume Anna Karenina Les Misérables Lincoln Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman Also featured are costumes from American Reunion Argo The Avengers Django Unchained End of Watch Hitchcock The Hunger Games John Carter The Master ParaNorman A Royal Affair Skyfall and Sparkle Selected costumes from The Artist last year s Academy Award winner for Costume Design are also on exhibit We know you ll visit soon but in the meantime enjoy this preview of the exhibit To see additional images including some pictures of the opening celebration visit our Facebook page Gallery overview Continue reading 21st Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition is now open Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 8 TrackBack 0 February 07 2013 Prada orchid shoes Spring Summer 2008 Shoes Spring Summer 2008 Miuccia Prada Silk velvet suede leather plastic Museum Purchase 2009 5 11AB Miuccia Prada b 1949 received a PhD in political science from the University of Milan but altered the course of her life by entering the world of fashion She is a major collector of modern art a passion reflected in collaborations with emerging talents such as artist James Jean b 1979 who drew enchanted forests filled with fairies insects and orchids for Prada s Spring Summer 2008 line Jean s sinuous illustrations were enlarged as a backdrop for the fashion show and advertising campaign in addition to being printed on clothing purses and shoeboxes His fantasy world came to life in Trembled Blossoms a short animated film produced to correspond

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: January 2013
    pm FREE and open to the public Since its inception in 1992 the Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition has honored the incredible work of costume designers in the film industry Now in its 21 st year the 2013 exhibition will feature over 100 costumes from selected 2012 films including all five Academy Award nominees for best Costume Design Including costumes from A Royal Affair Anna Karenina Argo Django Unchained Hitchcock Les Misérables Lincoln Mirror Mirror Skyfall Snow White and the Huntsman and other films the exhibition will offer visitors a close up view of the costumer s art In 2012 The Artist by Costume Designer Mark Bridges won the Academy Award for Costume Design Selected costumes from The Artist will be on display in this year s exhibition Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 1 TrackBack 0 January 21 2013 Fashion Birthday Cristobal Balenciaga and Christian Dior Two of the twentieth century s greatest couturiers were born today January 21 In 1895 Cristobal Balenciaga was born in Getaria Spain Ten years later Christian Dior was born in Granville Normandy France In addition to sharing a birthday Balenciaga and Dior were both masters of their craft creating extraordinary garments and influencing generations of designers In celebration of their respective birthdays careers and legacy we re sharing previously unseen images of each designer s work Cristobal Balenciaga 1958 Silk matelassé Transfer from the Museum at FIT 2004 291 10 To see other Cristobal Balenciaga pieces from our collection click here Christian Dior c 1955 Silk satin Gift of Mary Coquillard 97 196 1 To see other Christian Dior pieces in the FIDM Museum collection click here Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 2 TrackBack 0 January 15 2013 Butterflies abound Though we re not a natural history museum or a science center we have lots of butterflies in our collection No taxidermy specimens here FIDM Museum butterflies are woven printed painted and embroidered Our curatorial team has no specific intent to collect garments and accessories decorated with butterflies but the popularity of the motif makes it easy to acquire compelling pieces featuring this colorful winged insect According to our Curator Kevin Jones I would never accept an object into the collection just because it has a certain motif It would have to be fab for a number of other reasons Butterflies can be found on every continent with the exception of Antarctica Diverse cultures have developed symbolic interpretations of the butterfly many of which focus on its dramatic life cycle Hatching from the egg as a larva or caterpillar the insect grows and eats until it reaches the chrysalis stage During the chrysalis a shell forms around the caterpillar protecting the insect as it undergoes a metamorphosis into a beautifully colored butterfly In ancient Greece butterflies represented the soul while Christian interpretations use the butterfly s life cycle to symbolize resurrection In parts of Asia pairs of butterflies represent marital harmony and happiness Butterflies have also been used to symbolize

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: December 2012
    post describing her experiences at the Costume Colloquium in Florence piqued your curiosity you re in luck Videos of all the conference presentations are now available on the Costume Colloquium website You can watch Christina s presentation Doris Langley Moore Ultimate Woman in Fashion here Find Christina s presentation by clicking on the button reading 9 11 2012 her presentation is the second listed According to the Costume Colloquium s website you ll need to view the video using either the Internet Explorer or Chrome browsers Pictured below is the c 1878 wedding gown that started Christina s research on Doris Langley Moore almost 10 years ago She was first introduced to this princess line gown by Moore s book The Woman in Fashion In 2001 the gown was donated to the FIDM Museum by the Helen Larson Estate Readers watch the video of Christina s presentation to see how this wedding gown fits into her research Wedding Gown c 1878 2001 31 4 Gift of the Helen Larson Estate Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 December 19 2012 L Aimant by Coty 1950s According to this article downtown Los Angeles home of the FIDM Museum has experienced snow only 6 times since a January 1949 snowstorm sprinkled downtown with less than 1 inch of snow The last recorded snow downtown occurred in 1962 so it s unlikely that we ll get any this year Instead we ll just have to enjoy this charming promotional photograph for Coty s L Aimant perfume The photo features a swan sled carrying two bottles of L Aimant across a frozen pond dusted with glittering snow L Aimant by Coty Promotional photograph c 1950 59 Gift of the Annette Green Museum at the Fragrance Foundation F2005 860 1372 Continue reading L Aimant by Coty 1950s Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 December 14 2012 Out About FIDM Museum at the Costume Colloquium III Curator Kevin Jones and Associate Curator Christina Johnson recently returned from a conference in Florence Italy In today s post Christina recounts their trip including museum visits and highlights from her presentation Kevin and I traveled to Florence Italy last month for Costume Colloquium III My paper Doris Langley Moore Ultimate Woman in Fashion had been accepted to the bi annual colloquium Every other year the organizers of the Costume Colloquium select a thematic focus and solicit research on the topic this year s theme was Past Dress Future Fashion Christina by the Arno River I was honored to participate and so excited to present some of my new research on Doris Langley Moore a remarkable British woman who was one of the most important costume historians and dealers of the 20 th century I have been fascinated by her for years I discovered her 1949 book on the history of fashion The Woman in Fashion in high school Cover The Woman in Fashion This visual exploration of fashion history was published in 1949 Continue

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: November 2012
    a flattering overtly feminine silhouette Clark s aesthetic was informed by his love of glamour and an appreciation for a curvaceous silhouette According to one woman who wore his designs regularly the clothes were intoxicating to wear They made you feel omnipotent and feminine because they were so complimentary to the body 1 She was not alone in her feelings about Ossie Clark s designs more testaments to his work can be read here Clark s clients and fans included Liza Minelli she wore Ossie Clark in the 1972 film Cabaret Marianne Faithfull Suzy Menkes Mick Jagger and Twiggy Maxi dress Ossie Clark with print by Celia Birtwell c 1969 Gift of Honeya Barth 2008 923 1A Continue reading Ossie Clark ensemble c 1969 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 November 13 2012 RIPPED Expressions from the Underground is open to the public RIPPED Expressions from the Underground is now open Exploring the art and influence of punk rock on design and culture RIPPED features 150 band T shirts photographs posters and related ephemera from the punk post punk and indie rock eras Curated by Cesar Padilla artist musician collector and punk rock enthusiast RIPPED is based on Padilla s 2010 book Ripped T shirts from the Underground In the November 2012 issue of our newsletter Cesar Padilla discusses how and why he began collecting T shirts RIPPED Expressions from the Underground is open until December 22 2012 This FREE exhibition is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am 5pm Follow RIPPED on Facebook for regular exhibition updates Continue reading RIPPED Expressions from the Underground is open to the public Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments 0 TrackBack 0 November 07 2012 The Costume Cafe Podcast Want to learn more about The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection You re

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