Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Travel & Fashion

The Summer Vacation, the weekend road trip, the "staycation" are all uniquely American, and fairly recent inventions. 75 years ago the 40-hour workweek, and its accompanying 2 weeks vacation each year were still not commonplace, and in much of the country roadways were not designed for pleasure trips. 100 years ago travel was limited to steamships and locomotives; the journeys were expensive, time consuming, arduous, and often dangerous. With typical determination, properly attired, Americans have always set off annually on quests for fun and adventure.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Travel & Fashion, a collaboration between Clever Vintage Clothing and the FIDM Museum & Galleries, features travel wear representing each decade from the turn of the century through the 1960s. The installation examines how various modes of transportation affected the style of dress.

When was the last time you wore a ball gown on vacation? If you were crossing the Atlantic via ship in the 1950s it was a necessity. Contrast that to today, when a primary wardrobe consideration while traveling might be what shoes are easiest to remove at the airport security gate.

And not only did the dress change—but so did luggage, as steamer trucks were replaced by Pullman cases, and eventually with modern plastics and treated canvases for lighter weight for use in cars and on planes. Many stylish suitcases and totes will be on display, including a Goyard trunk circa 1912, and a collection of travel themed kit bags from the 1960s.

Included too will be other ephemera and artifacts from the golden age of travel, such as a unique Art Deco tea service used on the Queen Mary, travel accessories, and souvenir scarves collected on car trips in the 1950s.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Travel & Fashion

  • Join us at the opening reception on Wednesday, June 19th from 6–8pm.
  • The installation will continue through July 19, 2014.
  • Open Monday–Friday from 10am–5pm.
  • Admission is free.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Does finding the right Father’s Day gift have you stumped? Are you searching for something clever, thoughtful, practical, or awesome? It is important to wow Dad with something unexpected that shows your appreciation for all he does. The FIDM Museum Shop offers these suggestions for cool, unusual, user-friendly gifts that offer new twists to classic items.

Ties do not have to be lame or boring. These hand dyed, handmade ties by designer Brian McKinney offer a stylish take on a classic gift, and like dad, are one-of-a-kind.

Dosh Wallets, from Sydney, Australia are anything but typical. The Dosh design philosophy is to create functional, innovative products for the modern, style savvy individual. Utilizing the latest advanced polymer materials, the styles are iconic, super-slim, and totally brilliant.

Looking for something to appeal to his sense of humor? SUCK UK’s Home Guard Book Ends and Door Stops may be just the thing to add some whimsy to his office. These pop-art grown up versions of his childhood favorites stand tall to protect and serve overly heavy novels, slamming doors and messy shelves.

It may be time to update dad’s watch with something sophisticated and modern. The Storm Bion is a sleek men’s watch with a leather croc print strap, and dual time and date features. This watch is smart and stylish and water resistant up to 50m.

A Stewart/Stand Wallet, made from 85% post-consumer recycled stainless steel, is not your average billfold. This high performance item also blocks transmissions from RFID-enabled credit cards, keeping dad’s digital information safe and protected at all times.

Lush and oversized, Eric Musgrave’s book Sharp Suits provides a very good overview of the development of the suit in the last 150 years. The history of suits is fascinating and the series of thematic chapters illustrate how the universal staple of a man’s wardrobe can play many different roles and take on many different meanings.

For these gifts and more, visit the FIDM Museum Shop for a fabulous selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry, amazing treasures, and exclusive gifts. See why we have won Downtown LA’s Best Unique Store for the past three years.


  • Fashion in the Age of Louis XV
  • Historian Maxwell Barr presents a demonstration & lecture on Paris fashion of the 18th century.
  • Saturday, June 15
  • Lecture: 10am–12pm
  • Fullerton College: Wilshire Auditorium
  • 321 E. Chapman Avenue
  • Fullerton, CA 92832
  • $35 per person, $20 for students with ID
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