Current Exhibitions

Dates
June 12, 2015
December 19, 2015
10am–5pm
Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday/Monday.
Closed July 3rd, 4th and 18th
Location
FIDM Museum
919 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Admission
Free to the public

Donald and Joan Damask have devoted their lives to creating and collecting outstanding design. Their professions have focused on luxury marketing and fashion design; a shared collecting vision serves as inspiration for this work and resonates with the couple’s personal aesthetic. This exhibition presents an overview of the Damask’s important gift to the FIDM Museum including: historic avant-garde fashion and world dress; limited edition art books; seminal images by high-fashion photographers Willy Maywald (1907–85) and Horst P. Horst (1906–99); photographs, sketches, and books by artist-aesthete Cecil Beaton (1904–80); and theatrical designs by Erté (Romain de Tirtoff, 1892–1990).

Dates
July 21, 2015
September 26, 2015
10am–5pm
Location
FIDM Museum
919 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Admission
Free to the public

For the ninth year, this annual exhibition celebrates the art and artistry of Primetime Emmy® Nominated Costume Designers and Costume Supervisors. Including costumes from a variety of shows including Empire, Mad Men, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Wolf Hall, and Better Call Saul, the exhibition is organized by guest curator Mary Rose, costume designer and past member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Costume Design & Supervision Peer Group.

Dates
July 21, 2015
December 19, 2015
10am–5pm
Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday/Monday.
Location
FIDM Museum
919 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Admission
Free to the public

Roses…Tulips…Orchids…Lilacs…Botanicals have grown around the human body for centuries through trompe l’oeil woven petals, shade-embroidered leaves, and dimensional silk bouquet applications. Fleurs examines these sartorial techniques that allow springtime to be eternal and the flowers to never fade.

Dates
August 24, 2015
February 20, 2016
9am–5pm
Monday through Friday.
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.

Dates
February 10, 2015
July 2, 2015
10am–5pm
Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday/Monday.
Closed the week of June 22
Location
FIDM Museum
919 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Admission
Free to the public

Ladies and gentlemen living in 18th-century Europe dressed opulently. The designing, producing, and wearing of fashion was elevated to an art form. Luxurious silks, handmade laces, and precious metal trimmings were de riguer for those aligned with royal courts and attending state theatres. In this exhibition are displayed lavish garments and accessories spanning the century, including a rare “Figaro” costume worn by an actor portraying the rascal servant in Beaumarchais’s famed opera trilogy. The stories of this character’s hijinks undermining his aristocratic employer sparked revolutionary tensions with real life rulers, who tried unsuccessfully to ban the popular productions.

Dates
March 9, 2015
August 14, 2015
9am–5pm
Monday–Friday
Location
FIDM Orange County
17590 Gillette Avenue
Irvine, CA 92614
Admission
Free to the public

The latest installation in the FIDM Museum’s Orange County Gallery includes women’s hats, bonnets, and toques, offering visitors an overview of 19th and early 20th century millinery fashions.