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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Event: An Evening to Benefit the FIDM Museum at Style Week OC
    Council Enjoy the DEBUT Fashion Show created by FIDM Graduates in Fashion Design Cadillac Couture a competition for the most innovative eveningwear designed by Advanced FIDM Students using 2014 Cadillac car parts Then join our FABULOUS After Party hosted by Cadillac October 5 2013 6 30 9 30 pm Venue Neiman Marcus Bloomingdale s Courtyard Fashion Island 401 Newport Center Dr Newport Beach CA 92660 Ticket Price 100 Please purchase tickets via the FIDM Museum Shop For more information call the FIDM Museum Fashion Council office 949 851 6200 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

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Thea Porter butterfly print dress
    antique caftans collected during her years living in the Middle East At the same time trendsetters were beginning to look outside Europe and America for fashion inspiration Clients who admired the luxe non western textiles Porter used in their homes began asking if these same textiles could be made into garments Thus Porter transitioned from interior designer to fashion designer As Porter said in a 1970 interview I just drifted into making clothes 2 The exoticism of Porter s early designs fit the mood of the era and Porter soon had a clientele that included Faye Dunaway Talitha Getty Jane Holzer Britt Eklund Elizabeth Taylor and other jet setting celebrities Clients could choose from a limited selection of ready to wear garments or work with the designer to create unique one of a kind pieces In the words of 1960s style icon Jane Holzer wearing a Thea Porter garment offered a unique experience It s like wearing a king s raiment 3 In 1971 Porter opened a boutique in New York Her designs also retailed at a variety of high end department stores and boutiques throughout North America Her aesthetic moved away from the voluminous caftans of the late 1960s and towards a nostalgic interpretation of the 1930s and 1940s Porter credited this transition to an awful nostalgia for old films 4 This shift is evident in the silhouette of Porter s butterfly print dress which plays with two features of 1930s dress a bias cut skirt and unusual sleeves Chiffon used in the dress pictured above was one of Porter s favorite textiles The fabric s filmy lightweight texture suited the romantic exotic mood of Porter s designs Here off white chiffon is printed with a colorful almost psychedelic pattern of butterflies hovering over clouds or flowers Billowy bishop

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2013/08/thea-porter-butterfly-print-dress.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Out & About: Vamps & Hippies
    inside a stained glass window portrait of Richard holding his prized invention I became very thankful to Richard for his fashion genius as I walked around the cemetery in comfortable shoes Stained glass portrait of Lufkin and his invention Now for that bit of business that came at the end of my pleasurable trip The FIDM Museum is proudly participating in the upcoming groovy exhibition and far out catalogue Hippie Chic curated by Lauren Whitley at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston We loaned six outfits to the show which opens July 16 and runs through November 11 2013 I was at the MFA for three days installing FIDM Museum garments for the guys an Indian caftan worn by Rudi Gernreich an East West Musical Instruments jacket and a Sidereal Time and Levi s ensemble and for the ladies a Hanae Mori ensemble a Thea Porter dress and a Giorgio di Sant Angelo gown Courier trips are fun and meeting colleagues on their home turf and seeing so many years of hard work coming into fruition is rewarding And I love dressing mannequins though it s not always as easy as slipping a garment over a mannequin s head and achieving perfection More often than not mannequins need to be manipulated in some way Example for the Sidereal Time ensemble the mannequin was too tall and buff As seen in this rather painful looking shot the pecs were sanded down an inch was removed from the torso two inches from the thighs his umm package was removed much to the chagrin of the carpenter I heard and his butt cheeks sawn away Mannequin after undergoing body modification surgery Even with all this surgery the pants are still open about three inches in the front which happily are covered by the long blouse This was a skinny guy Fully dressed mannequin wearing a tunic by Sidereal Time Inc Los Angeles CA and Levi Strauss Co suede pants Both garments date from 1967 2007 801 5 and 2007 801 4 Gift of Jay Hampel For the Hanae Mori palazzo pants ensemble the opposite was needed and I had to build up the mannequin to achieve the correct proportions Here you see the mannequin in the MFA s fabulous conservation laboratory as I sewed layers of needle punched batting onto the pantyhose covered form reshaping the mannequin s bust shoulder blades waist abdomen hips and buttocks Beginning stages of building up a mannequin with layers of batting With help from in house conservator Claudia Iannuccilli who shared with me some of the tricks of her trade our lady turned out looking perfectly hippie chic A dressed mannequin stares down her partially dressed companion She wears a Hanae Mori evening jumpsuit c 1968 70 Gift of Anonymous Donor 2012 40 9AB I recommend digging out your Qiana shirts bell bottoms platform boots and rocking your way on a yellow submarine to Boston this summer for Hippie Chic It ll be a mind blowing trip

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Tours of the 7th Annual Art of Outstanding Costume Design exhibition
    spotlights the work of talented Costume Designers Costume Supervisors and Assistant Costume Designers Organized by guest curator Mary Rose costume designer and president of the Costume Designers Guild the 7th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design celebrates the creativity and artistry of television costume design Curator Tour Available Monday Friday 10am 4pm on the hour by appointment only 20 per person for groups of 10 25 people 200 minimum for groups of less than 10 people Special arrangements required for groups larger than 25 people To schedule a Curator Tour please contact Kevin Jones at 213 623 5821 x3367 or kjones fidmmuseum org Quick Tour Saturdays at 10am 5 per person To schedule a Quick Tour please email info fidmmuseumshop com 7th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design July 30 October 19 2013 10am 5pm Tuesday through Saturday Free to the public 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

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: The 7th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design exhibiton opens today!
    as Scott Thorson Michael Douglas as Liberace Matt Damon as Scott Thorson Michael Douglas as Liberace Michael Douglas as Liberace Alex J Berliner ABImages Downton Abbey by Costume Designer Caroline McCall nominated for the 2012 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Costume Design L to R Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley Alex J Berliner ABImages Game of Thrones by Costume Designer Michele Clapton nominated for the 2012 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Costume Design L to R Lena Heady as Cersei Lannister Finn Jones as Loras Tyrell George Georgiou as Razdal mo Eraz Patrick Malahide as Balon Greyjoy Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark Clive Russell as Brynden Blackfish Tully Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark Brandon Clark ABImages House of Cards by Costume Designer Tom Broecker L to R Robin Wright as Claire Underwood Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood Robin Wright as Claire Underwood Kate Mara as Zoe Barnes Robin Wright as Claire Underwood Alex J Berliner ABImages Ring of Fire by Costume Designer Rhona Meyer L to R Linds Edwards as Carl Smith and Jewel Kilcher as June Carter Cash Alex J Berliner ABImages Parks and Recreation by Costume Designer Kirston Mann L to R Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope Alex J Berliner ABImages Smash by Costume Designer Joseph G Aulisi L to R Dancer Sean Hayes as Terry Falls Kathy Fitzgerald as Actor 3 Megan Hilty as Ivy Lynn Dancer Katharine McPhee as Karen Cartwright Megan Hilty as Ivy Lynn Jennifer Hudson as Veronica Moore Alex J Berliner ABImages Vegas by Costume Designer Kathleen Detoro L to R Sarah Jones as Mia Rizzo Carrie Anne Moss as Katherine O Connell Showgirl Brandon Clark ABImages 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

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Donor Interview: Mona Nesseth on hand fans
    I became I learned that fans have been globally important in most cultures for thousands of years Fans are depicted in art and are considered an art form Fans were important status symbols mementos and collector s items The history of fans was rich in splendor and mystery And the variety and multitude of themes are expansive One of my favorite historical aspects of hand fans is The Language of the Fan I recently had the pleasure of witnessing this language during Maxwell Barr s enlightening presentation Fashion in the Age of Louis XV Maxwell demonstrated the dancing messages revealed as the fan was opened closed fluttered pointed directed held touched and twirled Hand Fan detail c 1910 Gift of Mona Nesseth 2013 975 4357 Can you describe the most unusual fan you ve ever encountered A few years ago maybe 2007 at the annual Las Vegas Antique Jewelry show I spied an enticing carved mother of pearl and lace antique hand fan at the booth of a coin dealer I admired the magnificent details of the iridescent mother of pearl exquisitely carved in high relief featuring a central goddess figure playing the tambourine and dancing accompanied by dancing putti finished with a goddess figure on the guard The fan was personalized with a diamond encrusted signature that read Phébé and was signed by the fan maker Alexandre I almost didn t purchase it because it read Phébé which is a very rare and unusual name for the Greek Goddess of Light I thought an inscription such as Amore would have more resale value but I decided the fan was so phenomenal that I had to adopt it I have a friend Beatriz Hyp owner of Summerhill Antiques in Summerland California who is a renowned antiques dealer and lace expert I asked for her advice regarding how to care for my new lace fan Bea shared that she had encountered several antique hand fans that had belonged to Phoebe Hearst an avid collector of hand fans and mother of William Randolph Hearst Bea explained that Mrs Hearst loved her fans so much she had the fan boxes personalized with her name I replied that the original owner of my newly adopted fan was so fond of her fan she also had her signature Phébé the French spelling encrusted in diamonds on the guard stick Bea exclaimed that Phoebe was Mrs Hearst s first name We were both so excited that I had rescued this historical and enchanting treasure A few months later my jewelry historian friend Christie Romero introduced Phébé and me to Kevin Jones the Curator of the FIDM Museum in Los Angeles California I adored Kevin immediately and was so pleased to make his acquaintance A few years later I promised Kevin that someday I would donate my Phébé fan to the FIDM Museum Inspired by my friendship with Kevin I decided to donate Phébé to the FIDM Museum in 2013 I also have had the pleasure of

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Fashion Birthday: Rudi Gernreich
    Most of the objects in the archive were donated to the FIDM Museum soon after Gernreich s death in 1985 This graphic ensemble which was designed by Gernreich in the late 1960s is an important part of the Archive Tunic Ensemble Rudi Gernreich Fall Winter 1967 68 G2005 5 42A C G2006 5 23 Museum Purchase Born in Vienna Austria Gernreich fled to Los Angeles in 1938 to escape escalating tensions caused by Adolf Hitler s rise to power he would spend the rest of his life immersed in the Southern California art scene In 1942 he joined the Lester Horton Dance Theater where he performed modern dance and designed stage costumes Gernreich left the troupe to focus on fashion producing his first ready to wear line in 1952 Gernreich s early stage experience provided years of inspiration his designs always combined ease of movement with theatrical flair In 1967 he said Fashion has become play acting spooking wild and charming A woman can look like anything she wants a schoolboy a kindergartner a gangster 1 This look nicknamed Japanese Schoolboy exemplifies the late 1960s fashion scene and its interest in androgyny It consists of the same Breton style hat tunic shorts and knee socks first worn as school uniforms by boys in post World War II Japan clients could even purchase a matching knapsack Gernreich s creation coincided with unrest in the Japanese educational system that culminated in the violent 1967 68 student protests 1 Morris Bernadine From Gernreich The Belted Neckline New York Times May 10 1967 76 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

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: 1880s bustle
    watchspring steel boning The 1870s and 1880s were the era of bustles posterior protuberances that swayed seductively back and forth as their wearers walked In the early 1870s the bustle was full and round The bustle of the 1880s perched directly on the buttocks jutting out ninety degrees from the hips This extreme example is an engineering feat Not only does it contain three divisions of sprung coiled steel encased in polished cotton pouches it also features a hinged understructure that did not fully compress when its wearer sat down forcing her to teeter on the edge of her seat 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

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