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  • FIDM Museum Blog: From the Archives: Pucci maxi dress, 1964
    understructure of most 1950s dress designs Widely copied at all price points the exuberant pattern and figure skimming silhouette of a Pucci dress embodied the youthful optimistic spirit that dominated the 1960s Maxi dress 1964 Emilio Pucci Gift of Mrs Robert L Wood 97 692 1 When Pucci first began designing sophisticated yet casual capri pants and silk shirts on the island of Capri in the late 1940s he purchased his fabrics from retailers By the early 1950s Pucci s popularity and reputation had grown to the point that he was able to work with textile firms to produce the specific fabrics he wanted He preferred to work with natural fibers like cotton cashmere or his signature silk jersey After a suitable foundation fabric was developed Pucci personally supervised the process of printing his signature textile designs on the base fabric To help authenticate his widely copied textile designs Pucci prints always included Emilio as a visible design element This can be seen in the detail shot below 97 692 1 Detail The vibrant Pucci print seen on this dress was inspired by a trip to Africa in the early 1960s Presented in the summer of 1964 the entire collection featured prints inspired by African masks on both silk jersey and the velveteen seen here In the image above look for the elongated pink green blue and red lozenges which resemble abstracted masks A New York Times fashion critic called the prints direct and strong completely modern 2 In borrowing from African art Pucci followed in the footsteps of influential 20th century modern artists including Picasso Matisse and Brancusi All of these artists and many others found that stylized African art offered an inspiring change from the naturalism of Western art 97 692 1 Back view 1 Kennedy Shirley Pucci

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: 21st Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design opens February 12, 2013
    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 You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post Nice costumes Posted by zfdg April 25 2013 at 08 09 PM 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

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Fashion Birthday: Cristobal Balenciaga and Christian Dior
    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 You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post Thank you for showing these lovely lovely pieces They are the stuff of dreams as far as I am concerned Posted by Fiftydresses wordpress com January 24 2013 at 11 40 AM So glad you re enjoying the images Be sure to browse our blog for more fantastic garments by these and other designers Posted by FIDM Museum January 24 2013 at 01 11 PM 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

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Butterflies abound
    the transience of childhood and are often used to decorate garments worn by little girls Child s Dainty Blossom Ensemble Daisy Stanford Hand painted silk c 1925 Museum Purchase 2003 5 24A C Hand painted scenes on our Dainty Blossom ensemble portray the story of Thumbelina In this fairy tale written in the 1830s by Hans Christian Andersen tiny Thumbelina is pulled by butterflies through a daffodil forest to marry her Flower Fairy prince See additional images of this charming girl s ensemble here We also have a 19th century example of butterfly motif children s wear This c 1865 girl s ensemble features embroidered blue butterflies perched on delicate branches Hairwork jewelry suite c 1880 Gift of Andrea Tice in memory of Carmelita Johnson 2008 46 1A C Consisting of a brooch and earrings this earring and brooch set is made from woven human hair placed in gold settings A delicate reminder of the transience of human life hairwork jewelry was very popular in the second half of the 19th century In addition to memorializing departed family or friends hairwork jewelry often incorporated visual symbols Shaped like short lived butterflies this set probably references the Christian interpretation of butterflies as a symbol of resurrection The FIDM Museum is fortunate to own a large collection of 19th century hairwork jewelry other examples can be found here Folding fan c 1900 1905 Gift of the Manlove Family 2006 870 39 Like the Dainty Blossom ensemble pictured above this fan is also crafted from hand painted silk Featuring a fluttering butterfly hovering over a branch of cherry blossoms and trimmed with fluffy ostrich feathers this fan evokes thoughts of Asia We haven t yet determined whether it was manufactured in Asia or elsewhere but either way this fan was probably created for

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2013/01/butterflies-abound.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Gianni Versace leather suit, 1994
    Autumn Winter 1994 95 Gift of Dorothy Washington Sorensen S2010 1110 1AB This collection also featured Versace s version of the two piece suit that practical mainstay of a working woman s wardrobe With short skirts and motorcycle style jackets in slick shiny colorful leather the suits were a provocative take on a wardrobe staple In Versace s hands this typically demure ensemble was fashioned for the street not the boardroom The FIDM Museum is fortunate to own a red alligator printed leather suit from this collection In v ideo footage of the runway presentation this suit along with a yellow version appear at 6 40 The plasticine surfaces Versace showcased in his A W 1994 95 collection were quickly appropriated by other clothing designers In September 1994 about 6 months after the collection went down the runway Vogue noted the similarity between a Versace alligator printed red leather trench coat and a lower priced trench produced by ABS 3 Appearing several months after Versace introduced his red leather trench the ABS version was clearly inspired by Versace The ABS trench retailed at Macy s Bloomingdale s and Saks Fifth Avenue Gianni Versace didn t comment on the similarities between the two trench coats perhaps because his work had recently experienced a flurry of knock offs due to the popularity of the revealing safety pinned Versace dress Elizabeth Hurley wore to a film premiere early in 1994 S2010 1110 1AB 1 Milan Short and Sassy WWD 1 Mar 1994 17 2 Martin Richard Gianni Versace Metropolitan Museum of Art London 1998 12 3 Betts Katherine Up Front Copy Rites Vogue 1 Sept 1994 148 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2013/01/gianni-versace-leather-suit-1994.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Behind the Scenes: Collection inventory
    ribbon labels Depending on their material structure and or condition objects that had been in holding areas were laid on tables or hung on rolling racks This helped me gauge the optimal storage conditions for each object I moved between hanging and boxed items verifying that each object had a label and was in order according to our standard method of organization If a discrepancy was found on any current ribbon label a new label was made and attached If there was no label attached to an object it became Meghan s duty to verify the object s identity For boxed items I listed every object found in each box as well as the total number of objects The list was then attached to the outside of the box and placed back on the shelf in its proper position Bathing Suit boxes accounted for and beautifully stacked Because each object is visible hanging storage is much easier to verify Walking through each aisle was almost therapeutic I double checked the condition of each padded hanger and organized from daywear to eveningwear per each designer s section There are exceptions to this organization system such as menswear and non western objects These are organized chronologically since these portions of the collection are smaller in size I was just fine tuning here and there when it came to hanging objects Hanging storage was also shifted down a few banks so that garments were given the proper space to breathe Happy hanging Pucci The project isn t quite complete but we ve whittled down holding areas to near extinction and consolidated enough boxes to create a mountain of empty 30 boxes making me one happy Collections Manager Dani s triumphant claim of empty boxes Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments You can follow

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Gothe evening gown, early 1950s
    parents and students to wear conservative gowns with straps or sleeves to school functions 3 Despite conservative resistance to the style strapless gowns were the evening style during the early 1950s Christian Dior popularized the style beginning in the late 1940s when he introduced beautifully embellished strapless evening gowns The evening gown pictured in this post was designed by Gothe a New York dress design and manufacture firm led by husband and wife Irene Zerner Gothe and David E Gothe Though Irene was head designer David was credited with helping to design many of the company s dresses Gothe produced mainly evening wear examples of which were featured in T he New York Times and Vogue during the late 1940s and into the 1950s This Gothe gown features a rounded sweetheart neckline and glittering sequin embellishment It has bodice boning and princess seams which are reinforced at the waist with curved metal rods This inner structure helps gown maintain its elegant silhouette The soft pink color in this case with a white net over layer is typical of the era Other popular colors included lilac seafoam green pink ivory and biscuit In December 1952 Vogue called pale evening gowns the great evening fashion of the season 4 S2009 1000 3 1 Girls With Strapless Gowns May Hang Corsages on Neck Los Angeles Times 16 Mar 1950 27 2 Princess Wins Her Fight To Wear a Strapless Gown The Washington Post 8 July 1951 S3 3 Prom Gowns Censored The New York Times 4 June 1953 37 4 The Pale Dress A Jewel in Itself Vogue Dec 1952 58 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post My biggest ambition in 1959 at age 5 was to grow up

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Best of 2012: Your favorite posts of the year
    comments Tweets and Facebook notes help keep us motivated We wish you all the best in 2013 And now without further ado the top five posts of 2012 Claire McCardell s 1952 black and white dress with a greek key pattern was your favorite post of 2012 You also loved our 1940s Lanz Original coat with embroidered strawberries Two 1970s Gunne Sax dresses caught your fancy Fred Astaire s brown suede tap shoes were popular too And who could resist this c 1905 sheer embroidered bodice Our post on taking a 1761 cloth of gold court bodice for an X ray almost made the top five We include it here because it was such a unique experience This Claire McCardell dress was featured in your favorite blog post of 2012 Claire McCardell 1952 Gift of Norma Carnahm 77 1948 008 16 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

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