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FIDM Museum & Galleries Newsletter, August 2011.


Reception Gown
Europe or United States, c. 1886-1887
Museum Purchase

We are delighted to announce our next exhibition, FABULOUS! Ten Years of FIDM Museum Acquisitions, 2000-2010. Opening on September 13, 2011, this exhibition will showcase an unprecedented array of dress and textile objects from our collection, including this c. 1886-87 reception gown.

FABULOUS! celebrates the past decade of collecting at the FIDM Museum in Los Angeles. With a surge in extraordinary donations and purchases between 2000 and the present, the FIDM Museum collection has attained new eminence and richness, particularly in the areas of 19th– and 20th–century haute couture, mid–20th century American designers, and international contemporary designers. In assembling this collection, the Museum has adhered to uncompromising standards and acquired only items distinguished by superior design, the highest level of craftsmanship, and the finest materials.


Miniature Corset, France, 1890s
Museum Purchase

The exhibition includes 175 donated and purchased garments and accessories worn by women, men, and children spanning 1800 to 2010. FABULOUS! highlights include: a white gauze French empire gown, a luxurious embroidered court suit worn by Austrian composer Johann Hummel (1778–1837), and a Redfern court gown from 1907, and Alexander McQueen couture gown from Fall/Winter 2008–09.

Exhibition categories include French Haute Couture, International contemporary designers, and Mid–20th century American designers.

Throughout the run of FABULOUS!, the FIDM Museum Blog will feature blog posts on selected objects in the exhibition.

To schedule a private docent-led tour for your group, contact the Curator’s Office at: 213–623–5821 x 3367.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a fully illustrated catalogue of over 375–pages with a preface by Hubert de Givenchy. This lavish color catalogue presents a selection of new acquisitions as a 200–year overview of fashionable dress, including women’s, men’s, and children’s attire. The catalogue, "FABULOUS! Ten Years of FIDM Museum Acquisitions, 2000-2010, will inspire anyone interested in fashion, history, or beauty.

This project continues the non-profit FIDM Museum’s ongoing mission to provide students, researchers, designers, and the public with resources to examine historic fashion, accessories, textiles, jewelry, fragrance, and related ephemera and their relationship to society, history, art, and technology.


Exhibition Catalogue: FABULOUS! Ten Years of FIDM Museum Acquisitions, 2000–2010

The exhibition catalogue is for sale in the FIDM Museum Shop.


Adelle Louise Burda

Visit the FIDM Museum Shop for a fabulous selection of gifts, books, and treasures. Exclusive merchandise for the new exhibition, including note cards, a set of magnets, a paper doll book, and a tote, join the constantly evolving array of eclectic pieces designed by local artisans, FIDM Faculty, and Alumni. You’ll find one–of–a–kind accessories, jewelry, distinctive original décor, and a selection of fashion and art books.

Vintage Czechoslovakian fragrance bottle, limited edition, signed and numbered

Amber and gold necklace by Hilary Beane Design

Fabulous! Paper doll book

Museum Shop photos by
Fatih Turgut

Fabulous! Ten Years of
FIDM Museum Acquisitions,
2000 - 2010
September 13 – December 17, 2011

Book Signings
Author: Susan Ashbrook
Title: Will Work for Shoes: The Business Behind Red Carpet Product Placement
Date: 10/18
Place: FIDM Museum Shop

Author: Rose Apadaca
Title: Fred Hayman: The Extraordinary Difference – The Story of Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Glamour and the Showman Who Sold It All Date: 10/27
Place: FIDM Museum Shop

Author: Marc Rosen
Title: Glamour Icons: Perfume Bottle Design
Date: 11/7
Place: FIDM Museum Shop

FIDM Museum & Galleries. Address: FIDM, Downtown LA, Campus On The Park, 1st Level 919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 905. For more information: FIDMmuseum.org 213 623-5821 x3275. Gallery Hours: 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Admission: Free. Museum Blog: blog.fidmmuseum.org Facebook: http://facebook.com/pages/Los-Angeles-CA/FIDM-Museum-Shop/47970244948 Twitter: http://twitter.com/FIDMmuseumShop