Archive, Field Notes

FIDM Museum & Gallery Collection

LogoThe Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising (FDIM) announced an online museum and gallery. There are nine different collections, each displaying numerous pieces that span more than 200 years of fashion. Their collection contains Hollywood and haute couture pieces. To view it, click the link below.

FIDM Museum & Galleries : Online Collections

“From Parisian haute couture to iconic film costumes and one of a kind accessories, our collections offer a comprehensive overview of fashion’s key moments and most important tastemakers.” Additionally they are offering content on the Google Arts & Culture platform. View their latest exhibition catalogue on Expansion Era fashion:

For anyone who loves fashion, looking through these archives is an absolutely amazing experience. You will see vintage pieces from iconic brands, many of which you could envision wearing today. Any fashionista would agree.

Look at this color blocked, two-tone pink set by Marimekko featured in the FIDM Museum Collection! This outfit was created in 1973 along with the matching hat and purse. It is definitely a show stopper.

Marimekko Set, 1973 Museum Collection

Another great piece is this Gianni Versace set; describing it as “chic” would be an understatement. It’s a full red leather set that includes a jacket and a skirt created in 1994.

Gianni Versace, 1994
Versace Menswear Archive

The best part about these different collections is the incredible variety of styles and periods of fashion history. In addition, there is a jewelry collection and a fragrance collection. The volume of costumes and accessories is impressive!

FIDM’s collection captures a moment of classic American cinema. They have a collection solely for Hollywood costumes. Shown below is a beautiful gown worn in “Romeo and Juliet” from 1933. You can see how much detail each stitch required by viewing this image of the dress.

Costume from “Romeo and Juliet”
Hollywood Costume Collection

As we approach the summer months, we wanted to showcase some outdoor styles. The first is a Versace Mare bikini from 1994 is a colorful and creative fashion statement. Second, is this Betsey Johnson romper from 1980. We hope these collections inspire your own personal fashion statements

Versace Mare bikini
Study Collection
Betsey Johnson
Museum Collection

Which collection is your favorite? Which pieces specifically stand out to you? 70 Degrees looking forward to hearing from you.

If you are looking for more online fashion history, view our Fieldnotes on Bowers’ Guo Pei: Couture Beyond.

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