Fashion Council Fall Lecture Day

What do you see when you envision a fan? Perhaps gilded sticks, a painted leaf, a sprinkling of palettes? What about a fan made of perfume blotters, a cut-up silk scarf, or leather? World-class artist Sylvain Le Guen pushes the boundaries of traditional fan... Read Article ››

Félix Alexandre

Félix Alexandre: his fans were called “the richest of any exhibited”[1] at London’s 1851 Crystal Palace Exposition; they were commissioned and carried by European royalty, and painted by the artistic masters of the 19th century. His fans represented a... Read Article ››

Q&A with Mona Lee Nesseth

It takes a distinctive aesthetic, passion, and discipline to collect rare and beautiful objects. It takes a profoundly generous spirit to then pass that collection on so that more people can enjoy them. Mona Lee Nesseth, a Graduate Gemologist,... Read Article ››

Jeanne Paquin

Her peers elected her President of the Fashion Section at the famed Exposition Universelle de Paris in 1900.[1] In 1913, she accepted France’s prestigious Legion d’Honneur in recognition of her economic contributions to the country – the first woman... Read Article ››

Out & About: Fashion Council Royal Tea

In today’s tech-centric world, it is nearly impossible to imagine a life before instant communication was available. When we want to speak with a friend, we can pick up the phone – or if that is too archaic, we can send a text, a tweet, a Facebook... Read Article ››

Fashion Council Royal Tea

Please join the FIDM Museum Fashion Council for the annual Royal Tea & Tour on Friday, March 4! This elegant day includes delicious food, a private lecture on the Silent Language of Fans, and exclusive curator-led tours of the Museum's two... Read Article ››

Two Exhibitions Opening February 9

Get all of the information you need to visit our upcoming exhibitions, opening Tuesday, February 9: LOCATION:919 S. Grand AvenueLos Angeles, California 90015 HOURS: 10 am – 5 pm, Tuesday through SaturdayMuseum will... Read Article ››

From the Archives: Duvelleroy fan-bag

  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 ››

Duvelleroy fan-bag, 1890s

  Fan-bag 1890s Georges Duvelleroy Museum Purchase 2008.5.28 Luxury fan maker Jean-Pierre Duvelleroy (1802-1889) founded his namesake company in 1827. By the late nineteenth-century, Duvelleroy was the most prestigious éventailliste (fan maker) in... Read Article ››

Donor Interview: Mona Nesseth on hand fans

Today's post highlights the recent donation of exceptional hand fans by FIDM Museum donor and Fashion Council member Mona Nesseth. Thanks to Mona's contributions, our collection of fans has grown by leaps and bounds. A Graduate Gemologist, custom... Read Article ››

19th century Spanish fans

  Paper fanSpain1875-1899 Gift of Yvonne Hummel 2010.947.10 Folding fans printed or painted with Spanish genre scenes of bullfighters and dancers are relatively common in museum collections. They generally date from the second half of the nineteenth... Read Article ››

Folding fans

  During an early summer trip to Japan several years ago, I was fascinated to see that folding paper fans were more than just a tourist souvenir. Stores of all types and sizes sold paper fans printed with imagery ranging from cute children's... Read Article ››