Do you wonder how the FIDM Museum is able to acquire so many fabulous objects? Two words: generous donors. Most donations take one of two forms: dress and textile objects or financial contributions. Objects, if they are in good condition and fit the scope of our collection, are accessioned into the FIDM Museum collection. Financial contributions allow us to purchase objects that enhance our collection. Both types of donations are greatly appreciated and contribute to the breadth and depth of our holdings. We are currently engaged in an exciting campaign to raise funds for the acquisition of a very special collection.
Here’s more information about this project from our curator, Kevin Jones.
The FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is excited to announce a once-in-a-lifetime fundraising opportunity to purchase a major collection of historically important women’s, men’s, and children’s fashions, dating from 1600 to 1950. Among the notable objects are garments associated with Queens Caroline, Victoria, Alexandra, and Mary of England; Czarina Marie of Russia; and Empress Eugénie of France. Major haute couture designers include: Worth, Doucet, Pingat, Fortuny, Poiret, Vionnet, and Chanel.
Gathered over a fifty-year period by well-known, Los Angeles-based historian Helen Larson, this collection helped to establish the academic study of fashion history. It was formed at the same time as the Doris Langley Moore Collection in Bath, England, and the Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This is the last collection of its kind still in private hands, and would be nearly impossible to duplicate in depth and breadth of objects. The acquisition of the approximately 1,000-piece Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection will launch the FIDM Museum into the international realm of European fashion studies, particularly royal history.
Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection The FIDM Museum was established in 1978 to provide a research facility of garments, accessories, and visual materials for students, researchers, designers, and the public. Currently, the Museum’s collections span 200 years, from 1800 to the present. The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection will increase the time-span of study to 400 years.
Formal Gown & Shawl
Embroidered Cotton Mull
Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection Your help is greatly needed to raise funds to acquire this stellar collection during our four-year campaign. We are asking for fully tax-deductible pledges of $250 or more. Individuals, groups, and businesses who donate $2,500 or more will be perpetually connected to the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, and become a Friend of Fashion at the FIDM Museum, our new support group.
Court Skirt & Train associated with Queen Marie Antoinette of France
Silk Brocade & Embroidery
Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection
For more information, please contact curator Kevin Jones: 213.623.5821 x3367, or kjones@FIDMmuseum.org
The FIDM Museum Foundation is a California non-profit 501(c)3.