Current Exhibitions

Dates
June 11, 2014
November 1, 2014
10am–5pm
Tuesday through Saturday
Location
FIDM Museum
919 S. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Admission
Free to the public

An exhibition of rare Hollywood costume sketches from the collection of Christian Esquevin, author of Adrian: Silver Screen to Custom Label. Featuring the work of Walter Plunkett, Irene, Travilla, and many other costume designers and costume illustrators, Designing Hollywood offers a glimpse into the Golden Age of Hollywood costume design.

Dates
June 26, 2014
November 1, 2014
10am–5pm
Monday through Friday
Location
FIDM Gallery Orange County
17590 Gillette Avenue
Irvine, CA 92614
Admission
Free to the public
Appointment required

International Inspiration: The Donald and Joan Damask Collection contains highlights of an outstanding design collection donated to the FIDM Museum in the summer of 2013.

Residents of Newport Beach, CA, Donald and Joan Damask have devoted their lives to creating and collecting outstanding design. Their professional lives have focused on luxury marketing and fashion; their collecting vision serves as inspiration for this work and resonates with their shared personal aesthetic. Included in their gift are over 75 pieces of vintage clothing and world dress; seminal photographs by high-fashion photographers Willy Maywald (1907–85) and Horst P. Horst (1906–99); over 80 photographs, sketches, and books by artist-aesthete Cecil Beaton (1904–80), and theatrical designs by Erté (1892–1990).

Dates
July 22, 2014
November 1, 2014
10am–5pm
Tuesday through Saturday
Location
FIDM Larson Gallery
919 S. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Admission
Free to the public

For centuries, corsets contorted the female figure into the reigning ideal. Bound to Impress: Corsets from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection highlighted these unnatural fashions between the 1760s and the 1820s. Whether conically shaped with rigid backs and flattened breasts or rounded hourglasses with sloped shoulders and cinched waistlines, garment silhouettes followed the dictates of these concealed undergarments. This exhibition covered sixty years—from the Ancien Régime, through the French Revolution, during the age of Napoléon, to the era of British Romanticism.

Dates
July 31, 2014
August 16, 2014
10am–5pm
Tuesday through Saturday
Location
FIDM Museum
919 S. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Admission
Free to the public

Since 2005, London artists Desmond Lingard and Charles Fegen have designed The Sybarites™, fully articulated, sixteen-inch tall mannequin-like dolls. Dressed in hand-crafted high-fashion garments, these collectibles capture the spirit of the world of haute couture. This exhibition features their latest collection: SPELLBOUND, Handmade Chalk White™ couture Superdolls™.

Dates
10am–5pm
Monday through Saturday
Location
Annette Green Fragrance Archive
FIDM Museum
919 S. Grand Ave, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Admission
Free to the public

Visitors must have a current photo ID to access the Annette Green Fragrance Archive.

Artfully Adorned explores two centuries of jewelry history. Designs, motifs, and materials place each artifact within the context of the times in which they were made. Presented in the Annette Green Fragrance Archive, this intimate exhibition features approximately 50 pieces of historic jewelry from the Christie Romero Collection.

Christie Romero (1946–2009) was a gemologist, collector, historian, curator, consultant, and appraiser. She wrote the best-selling Warman’s Jewelry, a reference guide to 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century jewelry, and served as an expert appraiser on the Antiques Roadshow television program. A portion of her collection is now part of the Permanent Collection of the FIDM Museum, which celebrates her legacy with the exhibition Artfully Adorned.