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  • FIDM Museum Blog: A Century of Millinery Style: Hats from the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, 1820s - 1920s
    and early 20 th century millinery fashions Three fully dressed mannequins illustrate the relationship between hats and fashionable day dress Period photographs highlight a range of millinery styles from delicate to extreme Two hat boxes separated by 100 years exemplify the large packaging needed to protect these expensive and often fragile creations The Larson Gallery is open July 31 October 20 2012 Tuesday Saturday 10 a m to 5 p m Hat Label J W Robinson Co Los Angeles California c 1917 Metal sequins silk velvet dyed lacquered stripped ostrich feathers L2011 13 615 Day Dress Label Harvey Nichols London England c 1916 Printed silk cotton organdy cotton floss L2011 13 975 Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection Proposed FIDM Museum Acquisition 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2012/08/a-century-of-millinery-style-hats-from-the-helen-larson-historic-fashion-collection-1820s-1920s.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Betsey Johnson sweater, 1983-84
    offered a continuous fashion show of the latest looks worn by Cyndi Lauper Prince Michael Jackson Duran Duran Madonna and other icons of the 1980s These musicians paid careful attention to their wardrobes and what was seen on screen often appeared on the street Betsey Johnson was inspired by this interplay of fashion and popular culture In 1985 she acknowledged the importance of popular culture to her designs especially music Music gives me leads to what people are going to be doing I sure would like to know who s the next Madonna 3 A slew of dance and theater oriented films also impacted fashion Fame Flashdance Breakin and Dirty Dancing created a trend for dance attire including legwarmers loose fitting tops and leggings Oversized shirts or sweaters were frequently worn over leggings stirrup pants or stretchy knit skirts This casual style even infiltrated the pages of Vogue an October 1984 editorial in the magazine featured neon bright sweaters including a hot pink Betsey Johnson turtleneck sweater over slim black leggings According to Vogue this look was the perfect weekend uniform At 30 inches long the in between length of Betsey Johnson s hand print pullover sweater is perfect for this look Pair it with black leggings and this winter white hat and you re ready for MTV 2003 40 96 1 Rourke Mary Betsey Johnson Dynamo of 60s on a Roll Again Los Angeles Times 9 Nov 1984 K10 2 Ibid 3 Gross Michael Rock Videos Shape Fashion for the Young The New York Times 27 Dec 1985 B8 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post FYI MTV was launched on August 1 1981 not 1984 Posted by Christa October 19 2012 at 08 47 AM

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2012/10/betsey-johnson-sweater-1983-84.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: RIPPED: Expressions from the Underground
    method of communication and self expression in the pre Internet era RIPPED Expressions from the Underground is sponsored by Cherry Resource Center The opening night of RIPPED on November 8 will be held in conjunction with LA s popular Downtown Art Walk Live performances by Lydia Lunch with Retrovirus and the Ritchie White Orchestra Readings by Roddy Bottum of Faith No More Kari Krome of the Runaways Nicole Panter former manager of the Germs and other contributors to Ripped T shirts from the Underground This free event will be in Grand Hope Park adjacent to the FIDM Museum RIPPED Expressions from the Underground opens to the public on November 8 closing on December 22 2012 The FREE exhibition is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am 5pm Follow RIPPED on Facebook for regular exhibition updates Photo by Andrea Thompson 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2012/10/ripped-expressions-from-the-underground.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Girl's embroidered ensemble, c. 1865
    a shade of red a forceful color aligned with traditional masculinity and thus appropriate for growing boys Blue was symbolic of the Virgin Mary and conventional femininity making the dainty shade suitable for little girls Colors aside young girls and boys alike were clad in skirts as a testament to their residency in the nursery a feminine realm of mothers and nursemaids Clothing construction was gender specific girls dresses buttoned up the back training them to require help dressing while boys had center front closures preparing them to be self sufficient Both the hand embroidered blue butterflies fluttering around this ensemble and its back fastening bodice confirms that it was made for a little girl The butterfly motif has long signified the transience of childhood youngsters grow quickly into adults just as butterflies metamorphose from caterpillars Significant too is the suggestion of chasing butterflies a spring pastime traditionally depicted as part of childhood play The link between butterflies and childhood was carried into the twentieth century this 1920s hand painted Dainty Blossom ensemble also features fanciful butterflies Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post I haven t known about the front back buttoning distinction and the reason behind it and now I do Posted by Ana October 07 2012 at 03 57 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 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2012/10/girls-embroidered-ensemble-c-1865.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Muslin dress, c. 1845
    If worn for evening a white dress was an extremely young style as clear white muslin was popular as youthful evening wear 2 With its subtle detailing this dress was a perfect canvas for displaying accessories In an 1841 fashion plate white dresses predominate enlivened by pink and blue highlights In this 1846 fashion plate a white gown is accented with pink flowers and a blue fringed parasol An 1845 fashion plate features a white dress paired with a blue floral headpiece and small blue flowers on the sleeves These plates also demonstrate the preference for white pink and blue soft colors appropriate for a demure lady Also note the extreme slope of the shoulders What happened to their bones Fashion changed less frequently in the 1840s Instead of monthly or weekly updates styles changed more gradually with few dramatic changes to the silhouette throughout the decade The pleated fan front bodice ending in a sharp V natural waist placement and tiered skirt seen on our dress were consistent features of 1840s dress Skirts were long and hid the wearer s feet Underneath a corset layers of petticoats or the newly introduced crinoline supported the silhouette Corsets of this decade fastened in the back compressed the bust and extended to the lower abdomen and hips Like most dresses they fastened in the back necessitating the help of a friend family member or maid for proper dressing 2003 793 10 1 Cunnington C Willet Fashion and Women s Attitudes in the Nineteen Century Courier Dover London 2003 114 115 2 Buck Anne Victorian Costume and Costume Accessories Ruth Bean Publishers Bedford UK 1984 23 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post Never take cheese at dinner I m

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2012/09/muslin-dress-c-1845.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Adolfo hat, c. 1973
    for Emme Inc In 1962 Adolfo opened a New York millinery salon where he designed made to order hats for individual clients and ready to wear hats for retail distribution He soon expanded his business into custom clothing designing for socialites C Z Guest Nancy Reagan Betsy Bloomingdale the Duchess of Windsor and others When Adolfo began his career in the 1950s most women wore hats daily They were an important element of the correct wardrobe and were worn for all but the most informal occasions During the 1960s hats were worn less frequently but became more playful Adolfo s 1960s millinery designs including a pigtail hat close fitting hat with attached braid gold coin trimmed headscarves jeweled helmets and printed paper caps reflected fashion s playful new spirit In the early 1970s hats enjoyed a brief renaissance In July 1972 Vogue stated unequivocally there will be a hat on your head either a softly structured wool hat similar to a fedora or a glamorous turban 2 These hat styles were borrowed from the 1930s and 1940s a reflection of fashion s new found interest in nostalgia Adolfo s hat somewhere between a pith helmet and a fedora leans toward the masculine wardrobe The rounded crown and seaming suggest a pith helmet while the jauntily upturned brim hints at a fedora Both types of hats are typically associated with masculine dress During the early 1970s women often borrowed from the male wardrobe as demonstrated by a wool pantsuit in our Study Collection Textured layers were also popular as seen in this early 1970s Sonia Rykiel tunic ensemble Either look would be perfectly finished by a hat 99 40 1 1 Schiro Anne Marie Adolfo Decides To Quit Designing The New York Times 19 Mar 1993 2 Fall Guidelines The New

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2012/09/adolfo-hat-c-1973.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Balenciaga hat, 1960
    the hat era As a haute couture designer Balenciaga wasn t interested in dramatic changes simply for the sake of novelty He never jumped from silhouette to silhouette in pursuit of a new shape Instead Balenciaga focused on perfecting the cut fit and proportion of each garment he created Accessories including hats shoes belts and handbags were essential to the overall composition In pursuit of a balanced ensemble Balenciaga always developed accessories along with the primary garment A complete day outfit consisted of a dress coat belt hat handbag and shoes Though Balenciaga certainly had oversight of each hat bearing his label the details were managed by a design assistant In the late 1950s hat design was overseen by Balenciaga s assistant Ramon Esparza Once designed hats were completed in one of two millinery workrooms at Balenciaga s Paris atelier When designing hats Balenciaga often looked to the regional and ceremonial dress of his native Spain In the same way that Balenciaga s garment designs often influenced the direction of fashion his hats had the same effect In October 1960 Vogue noted that Balenciaga s recent introduction of small hats had suddenly called into question the large brimmed hats shown by other designers 2003 5 45 Like other examples of Balenciaga hats from 1960 this hat is small not too much larger than the doll size hats popular during the 1930s Period imagery suggests that it would have been worn tilted forward over a smooth twist or chignon hairstyle and secured with a matching hatpin Made from heather gray tweed it would have been paired with a matching or complementary day suit The self fabric roses are a witty touch a reference to the more naturalistic flowers that usually decorate a woman s hat Unlike fragile real or silk flowers

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2012/05/balenciaga-hat-1960.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: FABULOUS! video
    ll even see some pieces that have yet to be published on our blog Can you spot Elsa Schiaparelli s shocking pink evening jacket Alexander McQueen s peacock dress Gianni Versace s safety pinned leather ensembles and Adrian s brown taffeta evening gown For those of you who want a tangible reminder of FABULOUS we still have a few copies of the exhibition catalogue available at the FIDM Museum Shop Enjoy the video and have a wonderful weekend FABULOUS Ten Years of FIDM Museum Acquisitions 2000 2010 from FIDM Museum on Vimeo 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

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