West Coast Mod

New York's Seventh Avenue may be America's fashion capital, but California has always been the heart of the American sportswear industry. "The California pace is easy, outdoorsy, sunny," Vogue declared in 1954. "California clothes... Read Article ››

Merry Pranksters

Today, the word "motley" is a synonym for "mixed" or "heterogeneous." In the 14th century, however, it signified a textile or garment of two or more colors, particularly the clothing worn by jesters. The jester's multicolored... Read Article ››

George Halley: From Cows to Couture

Born in Ohio in 1930, George Halley milked cows on his family's farm until he graduated from high school, then hitchhiked to New York to follow his dream of becoming a fashion designer. He began his career as a window dresser at Lord & Taylor; Charles... Read Article ››

Ready for the Red Carpet

  With the Golden Globe Awards just past and the Academy Awards one month away, it's the time of year when red carpet fashions are on our mind. The red carpet as an arena for a celebrity viewing probably first emerged in the 1920s. Sid Grauman,... Read Article ››

From the Archives: Court gown and train

  Happy New Year from the FIDM Museum! Our blog is on hiatus through early January 2015. In the meantime, enjoy weekly posts from the archives. To keep up with our current projects, find us on Facebook and Twitter, which will be updated regularly.... Read Article ››

From the Archives: Helmut Lang

  The FIDM Museum blog will be on hiatus through early January 2015. In the meantime, enjoy weekly posts from the archives. To keep up with our current projects, find us on Facebook and Twitter, which will be updated regularly during... Read Article ››

From the Archives: Bubble silhouette, 1958-59

The FIDM Museum blog will be on hiatus through early January 2015. In the meantime, enjoy weekly posts from the archives. To keep up with our current projects, find us on Facebook and Twitter, which will be updated regularly during the blog hiatus. This late... Read Article ››

From the Archives: Mariano Fortuny

  The FIDM Museum blog will be on hiatus through early January 2015. In the meantime, enjoy weekly posts from the archives. To keep up with our current projects, find us on Facebook and Twitter, which will be updated regularly during the blog hiatus.... Read Article ››

Madame Grès, c. 1970

Madame Grès c. 1970 Gift of Doris Raymond in honor of Kevin Jones 2011.800.2 Madame Grès (1903-1993) made no effort to create a cult of personality around her work instead, she was purposely obtuse, often providing opaque answers to questions about her... Read Article ››

Vivienne Tam Mao dress, 1995

  Mao Dress detailVivienne Tam Spring/Summer 1995 Museum Purchase 2007.5.2 Vivienne Tam's (b. 1958) Mao collection was a breakout success. Though she'd been designing under her own name since the early 1980s, it was her irreverent garments... Read Article ››
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