Thursday, December 15, 2011

Fashion Rocks at FIDM!

FASHION ROCKS AT FIDM! -- Not only is the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in downtown Los Angeles an amazing private college where students from around the world learn the best about the worlds of fashion, graphics and interior design -- but it has an equally amazing museum and gallery (did you know that? now you do!) where Joe & Jill Q Public (people like us!) can experience some wonderful exhibits of contemporary and vintage fashion as well as costumes from some of Hollywood's best motion pictures! Don't miss the upcoming show "20th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design" from February 14 to April 28, 2012 -- on display will be costumes from more than 20 films of 2011, including the 2011 Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland.  Speaking of wonderland, some of the items in the museum's focused collection include such iconic pieces as a fabulous 1970s punk ensemble by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood (shown above -- God Save the Queen!!); 1970s platform boots (top right) and plaid platform shoes (left center); a 1994 skull bracelet (right center) by Gianni Versace for Versus; a "Klimt Dress" (bottom right) from the Fall 1969 collection of Giorgio di Sant' Angelo; a "Pleats Please" dress from 2000 (bottom left) by Issey Miyaki; and a kaleidoscopic 1964 Emilio Pucci maxi dress (top left).  The museum is always acquiring items (thanks to the generous support of its many patrons) and it certainly welcomes donations of garments, textiles, fragrance, ephemera and jewelry from all eras and style genres.  On  a recent visit to the FIDM gallery, we saw an amazingly colorful Peter Max psychedelic umbrella!  So mark your calendar and we'll see you in February for the motion picture costume design exhibition, okay?  It's a date!
Images courtesy FIDM Museum & Gallery. Photo collage by Greg Firlotte.