This is the last week to see our exhibitions Inspired Eye: The Donald and Joan Damask Design Collection at the FIDM Museum and Fleurs: Botanicals in Dress from the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, which close on Saturday evening. We'll be de-installing them to make room for two new shows opening February 9 on our Los Angeles campus, A Graceful Gift: Fans from the Mona Lee Nesseth Collection and our 24th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition.
Fixed, folded, or fontage—fans have cooled the air, aided elegance of movement, and spoken a silent language for centuries. A Graceful Gift displays the fantastical ornamentation of these miniature artworks that hold our gaze and draw us in to look ever closer: minutely painted leaves depict courtly lovers, expertly carved mother-of-pearl scenes reveal convoluting cherubs, and delicately entwined silk filaments form bouquets of lace. As intended, these remarkable late-Victorian and Edwardian accessories are complimented by couture ensembles dressed for varied occasions that required a final flourish at the wrist. FIDM Fashion Council member and world-renowned gemologist Mona Lee Nesseth exercised her jeweler’s eye when forming this remarkable collection of Belle Époque fans. The FIDM Museum is enriched by her generous gift.
FIDM Museum & Galleries’ popular annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition shines the spotlight on costumes that help bring memorable film characters to life. This year’s exhibition will feature more than 100 costumes representing 24 of 2015’s most notable films in a variety of genres. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the exquisite designs and craftsmanship produced by Hollywood’s top costume designers. The 24th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design show will close April 30; A Graceful Gift will remain on view until July 2. Like all FIDM Museum shows, they are free to the public.