FABULOUS! Ten Years of FIDM Museum Acquisitions, 2000-2010

 

FABULOUS! Ten Years of FIDM Museum Acquisitions, 2000-2010
September 13, 2011-December 17, 2011
Free to the public

 

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. Throughout the run of the exhibition, we'll feature occasional blog posts on selected objects in the exhibit.

2009570abReception Gown
Europe or United States, c. 1886-1887
Museum Purchase
2009.5.70AB

This exhibition 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 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.

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 composer Johann Hummel, a Redfern court gown with regulation eleven-foot-long train, and a museum-commissioned lace peacock motif Alexander McQueen couture gown. Accompanying the exhibition is a fully illustrated 375-page catalogue.

2010561Jacket and Shirt
c. 1976-1980
Malcom McLaren and Vivienne Westwood
Seditionaries Personal Collection, Label
Museum Purchase, Funds Provided by Dorothy Washington Sorensen, by exchange
2010.5.61 and 2010.5.63

Pants
c. 1974-1975
Malcom McLaren & Vivienne Westwood
Sex Original, Label
Museum Purchase, Funds Provided by Dorothy Washington Sorensen, by exchange
2010.5.62

2 responses to “FABULOUS! Ten Years of FIDM Museum Acquisitions, 2000-2010

  1. Becky says:

    I just saw this exhibit yesterday, and I was very impressed. The designs were beautifully displayed, and the array and variation between the fashions was superb. Can’t wait to see what you have planned next! Thank you for the great visit!

  2. Rachel says:

    Thanks Becky! It’s wonderful to hear you enjoyed your visit to FABULOUS!

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