The FIDM Museum is delighted to announce a new campaign to raise funds for purchase of The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, a major archive of historically important women’s, men’s, and children’s fashions, dating from 1600 to 1950. Support Fashion Council's efforts to keep The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection intact and at the FIDM Museum by adopting an item from the collection. Gathered over a fifty-year period by Los Angeles-based dress historian Helen Larson, this exceptional collection features garments associated with England’s Queens Caroline, Alexandra, Mary, and Victoria; Czarina Marie of Russia; and Empress Eugénie of France. Major haute couture designers include Worth, Doucet, Pingat, Fortuny, Poiret, Vionnet, and Chanel.
Garments and accessories available for adoption are likely to be exhibited nationally and internationally. Patrons’ names are perpetually associated with their object and included in its credit line. Adopt a garment from your favorite fashion era, or honor a friend or family member by adopting an object in their name.
With 1,100 objects, The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collections offers numerous opportunities for adoption. Many objects have already been adopted, including a formal gown worn by Queen Victoria at her Diamond Jubilee in 1897, and a c. 1907 Callot Soeurs evening gown worn by internationally famous beauty Consuelo Vanderbilt, the 9th Duchess of Marlborough. For more information about this unique, tax-deductible opportunity, contact the FIDM Museum curatorial office: kjones@FIDMmuseum.org or 213.623.5821.
Adoption Spotlight: Miser’s Purse
Nineteenth-century purses were often more decorative than practical. This micro-beaded example exhibits a jubilant beaded floral pattern similar in design to Victorian carpet and wallpaper patterns. Petite double pouch purses were colloquially termed “miser bags” because it was difficult to remove money from the small slit at center once it was tucked inside. Available for adoption at $1,500.