Opening this week!

High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture
October 21, 2009-December 13, 2009
Wednesday-Sunday 10am-4pm


Evening gown
Gianfranco Ferre for Christian Dior
Gift of Mrs. Alfred Bloomingdale

“High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture” celebrates a
donation of over 100 Haute Couture garments given to the FIDM Museum at
the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising over thirty years
by International Best Dressed Hall of Fame icon Betsy Bloomingdale.
Mrs. Bloomingdale married Alfred P. Bloomingdale—an heir to
Bloomingdale’s department stores and founder of Diners Club credit
cards—and has lived in Los Angeles her entire life. She purchased
French Haute Couture from 1961 to 1996. Her wardrobe includes designs
by Marc Bohan and Gianfranco Ferré for Christian Dior, Hubert de
Givenchy, Pierre Balmain, Yves Saint Laurent, André Courrèges, James
Galanos, Adolfo, Oscar de la Renta and Valentino. This exhibition
includes over 60 ensembles and describes the process of Haute Couture,
showcases her favorite designers and examines her personal style and
lifestyle. Supplementary exhibition materials include hand drawn
croquis (colored sketches with attached fabric swatches), contemporary
photographs of Mrs. Bloomingdale at many international events
(including the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana), as well
as magazine layouts illustrating garments she ordered. Accompanying the
exhibition is a catalog and video documentary which includes interviews
with Mrs. Bloomingdale, Hubert de Givenchy, James Galanos, Oscar de la
Renta, Adolfo and Francois Lesage, among others.

Click here for our address and directions. Hope to see you there!


Detail of 2001.116.13

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