FASHIONED FOR THE GEEK
FASHIONED FOR THE GEEK

Feb
9
Apr 30

24th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design

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

Feb
9
Jul 2

A Graceful Gift Fans from the Mona Lee Nesseth Collection

Dates

February 9, 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

Mar
15
Jul 19

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

  • Victoria and Albert Museum
“London’s where I was brought up. It’s where my heart is and where I get my inspiration.”
- Alexander McQueen, January 2000

 

"The V&A is delighted to announce that it will present Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in London in spring 2015. The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe, the exhibition will showcase McQueen’s visionary body of work. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, McQueen’s designs will be presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.

The original version of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2011 was organised by the Costume Institute and became one of the Museum's top 10 most visited exhibitions. "

For more information check out V&A website. 

Sep
13
Jan 3

Dance and Fashion

  • Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

"Dance and Fashion explores the relationship between two great embodied art forms: dance and fashion. Dance has utilized a wide variety of costumes, including contemporary fashions, to identify different characters, but there are also certain iconic styles, which represent a dance more abstractly. Tutus and pointe shoes, for example, are integral to the image and movements of the ballerina, just as leotards and tights are associated with the modern dancer. 

Traditionally, dance costumes were created by dancers (such as Martha Graham), artists (such as Léon Bakst), and costume designers (such as Karinska).  But in recent years, fashion designers have increasingly been invited to create dance costumes. For example, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino designed for the ballet and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons provided costumes for Merce Cunningham. Fashion designers have also been inspired by the dance. Christian Dior loved the tutus of Romantic ballerinas, while the shoe designer Christian Louboutin has transformed pointe shoes into fetishistic high heels. The focus of this exhibition, organized by Valerie Steele, is on ballet and modern dance, but other dance forms, such as tango, flamenco, and stepping are featured."

For more infomration check out The Museum at FIT website

Jul
22
Sep 20

8th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design

  • FIDM Museum

"For the eighth year, this annual exhibition celebrates the art and artistry of Primetime Emmy® Nominated Costume Designers and Costume Supervisors. Including costumes from a variety of television genres, the exhibition is organized by guest curator Mary Rose, costume designer and member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Costume Design & Supervision Peer Group."

Free to the public! 

For more information check out the FIDM Museum website. 

Jul
5
Oct 19

Kimono for a Modern Age, 1900–1960

  • The Pavilion for Japanese Art

"A blend of the traditional and the modern characterized life and dress during Japan’s Meiji (1868–1912), Taishō (1912–1926) and Shōwa (1926–1989) periods. During the early 20th century, a majority of Japanese women continued to wear traditional kimono. But, as demonstrated in the exhibition, the kimono evolved to reflect the introduction of vibrant synthetic colors, new modes of textile production, and bold abstract and figurative design motifs, often inspired by Western art movements and important current events, such as space exploration.

Kimono for a Modern Age features more than thirty captivating examples from LACMA’s permanent collection exhibited for the first time."

For more information check out LACMA's website. 

Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

Costume Builds Character: Costume Design with Arianne Phillips and James Mangold

  • GRAMMY Museum

Check out the LA Film Fest event page and buy tickets! 

"As any director or actor would attest, the costume designer is their greatest ally in bringing to life a character and a specific time period. This year, the Los Angeles Film Festival celebrates the contributions of costume designers to the art of cinema, with a special Master Class by esteemed costume designer, fashion editor and stylist Arianne Phillips, who has garnered two Oscar nominations for her work in MadonnaW.E. and James Mangold Walk the Line. Ms. Phillips will be joined by director James Mangold to discuss their long-time collaboration to bring to life memorable characters in films such as Walk the Line, Girl Interrupted and 3:10 to Yuma."

 

Jun
11
Nov 1

Designing Hollywood: Sketches from the Christian Esquevin Collection

  • FIDM Museum

"An exhibit 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."

Free to the public!

For more information check out the FIDM Museum website. 

Jun
3
Nov 15

Exposed: A History of Lingerie

  • Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

"As the final barrier to the nude body, lingerie is simultaneously modest and erotic—and it remains a subject of enduring fascination. The design of lingerie enhances its allure: it strategically reveals, conceals, and highlights the wearer’s form. As French lingerie designer Chantal Thomass observed, “The essence and attitude of lingerie is all in suggestion.”"

For more information check out The Museum at FIT website. 

May
30
7:00 pm19:00

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

  • Design Museum

"Step into the world of fashion designer Paul Smith, a world of creation, inspiration, collaboration, wit and beauty.

Celebrating his career to date and exploring future developments, the exhibition references Paul Smith’s influences and fashion designs, charting the rise of this quintessentially British label which has become one of the leading fashion brands in the world.

Looking at the impressive scale of its global operation today, the exhibition draws on Paul Smith’s personal archive, from the company’s beginnings in Nottingham to its international prominence today. The exhibition explores how Paul Smith’s intuitive take on design, together with an understanding of the roles of designer and retailer, have laid the foundations for the company’s lasting success and offer a unique insight into the magnificent mind of Paul Smith."

For more information check out the Design Museum's website. 

May
13
Jul 5

BLISS: 19th Century Wedding Gowns from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection

  • FIDM Larson Gallery

"Yards of satin and faille, froths of lace and tulle, glimmers of beads and rhinestones: the stuff of dreams that clothed the female transition from maidenhood to matrimony. BLISS: 19th-Century Wedding Gowns from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection looks at a century of idealized brides dressed in simple sheaths of the First Empire to complex draperies of the Gilded Age; each decade represented by the reigning silhouette. Meant to celebrate a single day, these rare ensembles continue to inspire nostalgic happy-ever-afters."

Free to the public

For more information check out the FIDM Museum website. 

May
8
Aug 10

Charles James: Beyond Fashion

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art

"The inaugural exhibition of the newly renovated Costume Institute examines the career of legendary twentieth-century Anglo-American couturier Charles James (1906–1978), and is presented in two locationsspecial exhibition gallerieson the Museum's first floor and The Costume Institute's Anna Wintour Costume Center on the ground floor. It explores James's design process, specifically his use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and innovative tailoring that continue to influence designers today. The retrospective features approximately sixty-five of the most notable designs James produced over the course of his career, from the 1920s until his death in 1978.

The first-floor special exhibition galleries spotlight and analyze the resplendent glamour and breathtaking architecture of James's ball gowns. On view are fifteen dramatically lit, iconic James gowns including the "Clover Leaf," "Butterfly," "Tree," and "Swan" from the late 1940s and early 1950s. Analytical animations, text, x-rays, and vintage images tell the story of each gown's intricate construction and history.

The Anna Wintour Costume Center's Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery provides the technology and flexibility to dramatize James's craft. A pathway winds around a cruciform platform where the evolution and metamorphosis of James's day and evening wear are explored in four categories: Spirals & Wraps, Drapes & Folds, Platonic Form, and Anatomical Cut. Video animations focused on the most representative examples of his approach are shown on monitors, and live-feed cameras detailing the backs of garments are projected on the walls. The Carl and Iris Barrel Apfel Gallery displays ephemera from James's life and work, including drawings, pattern pieces, dress forms, jewelry maquettes, scrapbooks, and accessories."

For more information check out The Metropolitan Museum of Art website. 

Apr
9
Aug 25

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

  • Barbican Art Gallery

"In the first major exhibition devoted to the celebrated French couturier, we invite you to explore Jean Paul Gaultier's fashion world. With his avant-garde fashion creations and cutting-edge designs, Gaultier has shaped the look of fashion over the last 40 years. His reputation for witty and daring designs and a ceaseless interest in society, identity and a beauty borne of difference has earned him a place in fashion history. 

Gaultier is fascinated by world cultures and countercultures, conceiving a new kind of fashion in both the way it is made and worn. Through twists, transformations, transgressions and reinterpretations, he not only erases the boundaries between cultures but also the sexes, redefining the idea of androgyny or subverting fashion codes. 

This theatrically-staged exhibition brings together more than 165 cutting-edge couture and ready-to-wear garments including iconic costumes for film and performance from the early 1970s to the present day. The infamous conical bra and corsets Madonna wore during her 1990 Blonde Ambition World Tour are showcased alongside stage costumes designed for Kylie Minogue as well as pieces created for the films of Pedro Almodóvar, among others. 

Gaultier’s rich collaborations with renowned artists and photographers such as Miles AldridgeDavid LaChapelle,Pierre et GillesPeter LindberghHerb RittsStéphane Sednaoui, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol are also shown together with footage of catwalk presentations, concerts, music videos, films and dance performances. "

For more information check out the Barbican Art Gallery in London website

Mar
26
Jul 6

Hollywood Costume

  • Phoenix Art Museum

"Hollywood Costume, a ground breaking exhibition that celebrates and explores costume design as a key component of cinema storytelling. Don’t miss your chance to see Darth Vader, and characters from Kill BillGangs of New YorkThe Big Lebowski and much more! It’s not just about the clothes, it's a complete multi-media experience. From research bibles and props to film clips and recorded interviews, you will be intrigued to learn what it takes to design a costume, and from the actor’s perspective what it means to become the character. 

Making its West Coast premiere at Phoenix Art Museum, Hollywood Costume on tour from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, was featured in The New York Times as “Hollywood’s Finest on Display”, and claimed as a “monumental exhibition” by the LA Times. From Marilyn Monroe’s dress in The Seven Year Itch to Morticia’s dress in The Adam’s Family you will have the chance to see your favorites first hand before they are returned to studio vaults – over 100 costumes on display. This is a rare opportunity to see the costumes worn by unforgettable characters from films such as The Wizard of Oz,  SupermanTitanicHarry Potter and the Half Blood PrinceDark Knight Rises, and so many more. Many of the costumes have never left private and archival collections in California, and most have never been publicly displayed or seen beyond the secure walls of studio archives. It will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime event. "

For more information check out the Phoenix Art Museum website. 

Dec
20
Jun 4

Bound to Impress: Corsets from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection

  • FIDM Gallery Orange County

"For centuries, corsets contorted the female figure into the reigning ideal. Bound to Impress: Corsets from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection highlights 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 covers sixty years—from the Ancien Régime, through the French Revolution, during the age of Napoléon, to the era of British Romanticism."

Free to the public. Appointment Required.

For more information check out FIDM Museum.