Flower Girls

Spring is in the air! Flowers have long symbolized the simplicity and transience of youth, making them perfect ornaments for these three girl's ensembles in the FIDM Museum's collection.   United Statesc 18972007.897.3Gift of Steven... Read Article ››

A big change to the blog!

By Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell Today, the FIDM Museum Blog says goodbye to our founding blogger, Rachel Harris, who has moved on to a new position in Seattle. As the Museum’s new Social Media Manager, I’ll be taking over blogging duties as well as the... Read Article ››

Celebrate Spring

  Spring has officially arrived! March 20 was the first day of the spring in the Northern Hemisphere. From here on out, the weather gradually gets warmer and days are longer. Warm days encourage colorful spring flowers to bloom: cherry blossoms, tulips,... Read Article ››

Girl’s embroidered ensemble, c. 1865

Girl's ensemblec. 1865 Silk faille, cotton embroidery floss & mother-of-pearl Museum Purchase 2010.5.4A-C Pink for girls and blue for boys is a twentieth-century adage; these colors were not always gendered this way. During the nineteenth century,... Read Article ››

Wiener Werkstatte girl’s ensemble

  Wiener Werkstatte c. 1930 2005.5.170AB Museum Purchase Founded in 1903 by architect Josef Hoffman and artist Kolomon Moser, the Wiener Werkstatte (Vienna Workshop) was a group of artists, designers and craftsman dedicated to combining artistry and... Read Article ››

Charles James jumper, 1956

  A recent New York Times article on designer children’s wear described the 1956 fashion show that launched Charles James’s line of children’s clothing. While fashion editors enjoyed cookies and sherry, James (wearing a purple tweed... Read Article ››

Spring flowers

  Spring is here! Today, March 20, is the first day of spring for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. Spring brings longer days, warmer weather and a host of colorful blooms. In celebration of spring's arrival, we offer you an array of flowers... Read Article ››

Pinafore dress, early 1940s

  Under pinafores, almost anything may lurk. They cover up playsuits, tennis dresses and sports frocks.1 Girl's pinafore Printed cotton 1940-45 Gift of the Manlove Family 2006.870.5 A contemporary pinafore is a short-sleeved girl's dress,... Read Article ››

Boy’s jacket and vest, 1870-1874

In the nineteenth-century, children were idealized as "perfect beings who were not only without sin, but who offered adults a model of unworldly goodness."1 As children grew towards emotional and physical maturation, they inevitably lost their... Read Article ››

Sailor suits

Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, young boys and girls were often dressed in sailor suits. Worn as both school uniforms and everyday dress, the popularity of the style was sparked by this 1846 Winterhalter portrait of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales.... Read Article ››

Hand painted silk ensemble, c. 1925

Child's "Dainty Blossom" Ensemble Daisy Stanford Hand-painted silk c. 1925 Museum Purchase 2003.5.24A-C Hand-painted novelties, including dresses, scarves and ribbons, enjoyed a burst of popularity in the teens and twenties. A Paris fashion... Read Article ››