Europe or United States, c. 1886-1887
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
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.