Upcoming Exhibitions

Dates
August 21 – October 6, 2018
10am–5pm
Tuesday – Saturday
Location
FIDM Museum
919 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Admission
Free to the public

Television is accessible now more than ever thanks to digital streaming platforms that have joined mainstream network stations; for Costume Designers, this means more opportunity and freedom to explore character development onscreen. The FIDM Museum’s annual Art of Television Costume Design exhibition will showcase the wide range of costumes produced today, from ornate period pieces to bold contemporary dramas, Sci-Fi fantasies to quirky comedies. As always, the exhibition will include a variety of Emmy Award-nominated shows and fan favorites from the 2017-2018 television season.

Dates
August 21 – December 22, 2018
10am–5pm
Tuesday – Saturday
Location
FIDM Museum
919 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Admission
Free to the public

After a distinguished military career and surprising coup d’état, Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was crowned Emperor of France in Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, on December 2, 1804. Beside him at the coronation was his wife Marie-Joséphe-Rose Tascher de La Pagerie de Beauharnais (1763-1814), whom he called "Joséphine." Emperor Napoléon’s reign lasted until 1815; together, he and Empress Josephine ushered in a remarkable new era of artistic expression. A strict dress code was mandated at royal court functions and the Empress was the ultimate arbiter of style. For formal occasions, ladies wore fashionable high-waist gowns and trains made from yards of French-produced silk satin, lace, velvet, and net with precious metal embroidery motifs that symbolized the rulers: bees, roses, and tulips, as seen in the florals here. The astonishingly rare Napoleonic court ensemble at the focus of this exhibition was worn by a high-ranking member of the imperial circle – possibly even the Empress herself.

The FIDM Museum is currently fundraising to acquire this court gown and train through Operation 1804, which also supports provenance research, full conservation, and a documentary detailing these processes. By donating denominations between $18.04 and $1,804.00 – or even $18,040.00! – you will help us preserve this majestic piece of history and solve the exciting mystery of who wore it.