Current Exhibitions

Dates
February 9, 2016
April 30, 2016
10am–5pm
Tuesday through Saturday
(Museum will be open on Monday, February 29 and closed on Friday, March 4)
Location
FIDM Museum
919 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Admission
Free to the public

FIDM Museum & Galleries’ popular annual exhibition shines the spotlight on costumes that help bring memorable film characters to life. This year’s exhibition will feature more than 100 costumes representing 24 of 2015’s most notable films in a variety of genres. Visitors have the opportunity to see the exquisite designs and craftsmanship produced by Hollywood’s top costume designers.

Dates
February 7, 2016
July 2, 2016
10am–5pm
Tuesday through Saturday
(Museum will be open on Monday, February 29 and closed on Friday, March 4)
Location
FIDM Museum
919 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Admission
Free to the public

Fixed, folded, or fontage—fans have cooled the air, aided elegance of movement, and spoken a silent language for centuries. A Graceful Gift displays the fantastical ornamentation of these miniature artworks that hold our gaze and draw us in to look ever closer: minutely painted leaves depict courtly lovers, expertly carved mother-of-pearl scenes reveal convoluting cherubs, and delicately entwined silk filaments form bouquets of lace. As intended, these remarkable late-Victorian and Edwardian accessories are complemented by couture ensembles dressed for varied occasions that required a final flourish at the wrist.

Fashion Council member and world-renowned gemologist Mona Lee Nesseth exercised her jeweler’s eye when forming this remarkable collection of Belle Époque fans. The FIDM Museum is enriched by her generous gift.

Dates
August 24, 2015
March 24, 2016
9am–5pm
Monday through Friday.
The Gallery will be closed 11/11 and 11/26–11/28.
Location
FIDM Orange County
17590 Gillette Avenue
Irvine, CA 92614
Admission
Free to the public

During the 1860s, women’s dress expanded to enormous circumferences thanks to hoopskirts manufactured from graduated sprung-steel rings held together with vertical cotton tapes. This infrastructure suspended many yards of fabric around the waist without the need for multiple starched petticoats, which unencumbered the legs and created an elegant sway in motion.