The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) has an amazing museum. It was one of the things I enjoyed best about teaching there. A study collection and museum are some of the most valuable resources a fashion enthusiast can hope for, but often schools marginalized funding for this area. Not FIDM. Their latest exhibition, FABULOUS!, celebrates 10 years of drool-worthy acquisitions.
The collection at FIDM spans from the 19th century to present day, with garments much older than one would expect to see in Los Angeles. FABULOUS! showcases a nice chronology of fashion history, and just what a gem the museum is. Some historical highlights include an evening gown, aka Madame Olympe, c. 1866 and a court gown worn by Ann Bloomfield Gamble Post in 1907.
Gallery space is always limited. So in order to fully showcase a decade worth of scintillating purchases, the FIDM Museum published a lavish, fully illustrated catalogue. My favorite? The pristine blouse designed by Gilbert Adrian from a Salvador Dali textile. (New to my blog? Please take a look at Art Improves the Quality of Life. It shows more of the Adrian/Dali collaboration)
I’d recommend the catalogue to anyone! But hurry and purchases your copy quickly, quantities are limited. Just visit their online store.