BLISS: 19th-Century Wedding Gowns from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection
February 11-July 5, 2014
Tuesday through Saturday
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.
The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design will also be on view beginning Feb. 11. Featuring over 100 costumes from more than 20 films, this annual exhibition celebrates the creative accomplishments of costume designers and offers visitors an up-close view of the costumer's art. This year's exhibition includes all five 2014 Academy Award nominees for Best Costume: American Hustle (Michael Wilkinson), The Grandmaster (William Chang Suk Ping), The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin), The Invisible Woman (Michael O’Connor), and 12 Years a Slave (Patricia Norris).
Both exhibitions will open on February 11, 2014 and are free to the public. Experience BLISS: 19th Century Wedding Gowns and the Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Exhibition tours with FIDM Museum curators are available via advance reservation. For more information on scheduling a tour, visit our website.
FIDM Museum & Galleries
919 South Grand Avenue, Suite 250
Los Angeles, California, 90015
(Ground Floor, Park Side)