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The FIDM Museum is fundraising to acquire a remarkable collection of rare historic fashion. The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection encompasses 1,400 pieces and represents 400 years of history—but this critically important collection could be lost forever without your help.

The Museum must raise the remaining $2 million to purchase the collection by the end of the year. Without these funds, the collection will be broken up, making it inaccessible to students, researchers, and the general public. Your donation will help keep this once-of-a-kind cultural treasure at the FIDM Museum, where it can be appreciated by visitors for generations to come.

The Larson Collection is:

  • Women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing and accessories from the United States and Europe

  • Garments associated with Queens Victoria, Alexandra, and Mary of England; Czarina Marie of Russia; and Empress Eugenie of France

  • A rare velvet jerkin from c. 1610

  • Major haute couture designers, including Worth, Doucet, Pingat, Fortuny, Paquin, Poiret, and Chanel

  • The only collection of this caliber in the world—and impossible to duplicate today

Your tax-deductible donation to the FIDM Museum will go directly toward the Larson Collection acquisition fund. Should we fail to buy the Larson Collection, your donation will be used to purchase new acquisitions for the FIDM Museum Permanent Collection.