We love our interns and volunteers! We've worked with many wonderful interns and volunteers, and the intern featured in today's post is no exception. Joanna Abijaoude, who wrote a great post on a Victorian skirt lifter, recently completed a summer internship at the FIDM Museum. Currently in her final year of an M.A. program at New York University, Joanna is researching 20th century Hollywood costume designer Walter Plunkett for her thesis. Joanna has also interned in the costume departments of the Phoenix Art Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. She recently began a collections internship in The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Thanks for all your hard work Joanna! We look forward to seeing where your career takes you.
When you combine a talented staff with a world-renowned fashion collection, there are no limits to the dynamic projects that result. I was lucky enough to witness this first-hand as a FIDM Museum & Galleries intern, a role which taught me so much about the hard work, creativity, and passion involved in developing a successful fashion collection and museum. The team was in the midst of a myriad of projects when I began this summer – from preparing to send “Modern Love: Fashion Visionaries from the FIDM Museum LA” to Bendigo, Australia, to mounting “Gatsby’s Women: 1920s Evening Dress from the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection” in the FIDM LA gallery, each day brought a new task, giving me a truly exciting internship experience.
One of my main assignments was to digitize the ephemera in the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection. This astounding collection of approximately 1,200 fashion objects dating from c. 1600 to the 1940s belonged to Helen Larson, a Californian who acquired exquisite historic clothing over fifty years beginning in 1948. Her pieces range from a rare seventeenth-century velvet jerkin to elaborate gowns worn at the most prominent courts in Europe. The FIDM Museum is now fundraising to purchase the collection in its entirety, and in the meantime they house and exhibit it, increasing its profile and introducing the public to this important piece of history.