Portable Pets: Live and Apparently Live Animals in Fashion, 1880-1925 by Julia Long (former FIDM Museum Study Collection Manager) is published in the current issue of Costume, the journal of the Costume Society of Great Britain. Julia’s article features... Read Article ››

Robe de style

Today’s featured Study Collection ensemble highlights a type of dress most often associated with the Parisian designer Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946). Called a robe de style, the upper portion of the dress is slim and close-fitting, while the skirt is full and... Read Article ››

Fashion and feathers

Today, hats are worn primarily on celebratory or festive occasions, but in the 19th century, hats and bonnets were an essential element of every woman's wardrobe. Beginning in the 1890s and continuing until about 1915, many hats were extremely large... Read Article ››

Rudi Gernreich

  California-based designer Rudi Gernreich (1922-1985) was no stranger to inciting controversy. Often called America's most avant-garde designer, Gernreich pushed fashion into new arenas rather than mining its past for... Read Article ››

FIDM Museum Study Collection

  Did you know that the FIDM Museum has a Study Collection? In addition to our Permanent Collection, we have a Study Collection which is available for use by students and faculty of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Students and... Read Article ››

Meet Madame Olympe

Evening gown c.1866 Brocaded silk taffeta Gift of Cathy Gordon 2007.893.1AB This black silk faille two-piece dress was worn by an unknown woman in approximately 1866. Though it appears extremely formal and elegant to our contemporary eyes, it would have been... Read Article ››

Welcome to the FIDM Museum!

Located in downtown Los Angeles, the FIDM Museum is devoted to the exhibition and interpretation of dress and textiles. Our collection focuses primarily on the 19th and 20th centuries, with an emphasis on American and European dress. Like all museums, we have... Read Article ››