Butterflies By Night

While butterflies often symbolize springtime, lightness, and new beginnings, these pieces in the FIDM Museum collection refashion them as creatures of the night, equally at home in the darkness of winter. Evening SuitElsa Schiaparelli, ParisFall/Winter... Read Article ››

Linen jacket, c. 1912

  Linen jacketc. 1912Gift of Wendy Cohen2012.1186.2 Decorated with butterflies, this charming jacket was made sometime around 1912. During the 1910s, mainstream fashion moved away from the rigid S-bend silhouette of the Edwardian Era (1901-1910).... Read Article ››

Chanel evening ensemble, 1985

  Designed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, this dramatic evening ensemble includes a floor-length silk crepe evening gown and feathered cape. Covered with iridescent coque (rooster) feathers, the cape is a true show-stopper. Because of the inherent... Read Article ››

Thea Porter butterfly print dress

Want to see this vibrant Thea Porter dress in person? Make a beeline for the MFA Boston, where it's currently on display in Hippie Chic, an exhibit celebrating the fashions of the Woodstock generation. On view through November 11, 2013, Hippie Chic... Read Article ››

Butterflies abound

Though we're not a natural history museum or a science center, we have lots of butterflies in our collection. No taxidermy specimens here, FIDM Museum butterflies are woven, printed, painted, and embroidered. Our curatorial team has no specific intent to... Read Article ››