The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) was founded about around 50 years ago, by Tonian Hohberg, who now serves as president and CEO.
It has four campuses, Los Angeles, San Fransisco (Union Square), San Diego, and Orange County and has notable alumni that it has produced. The institute offers degrees in menswear and product development, even through distance learning.
The establishment has its own museum, simply named the FIDM Museum, which can also be accessed virtually, online. Having had past exhibitions and collections, the FIDM Museum is having two exhibitions currently, but these exhibitions will not be around forever, so if you are interested, hurry up and visit the museum.
The two exhibitions are on distinct topics in fashion, one is called the “Art of Television and Costume Design” and focuses on what and who is behind the costumes we see every day in our favorite TV shows. Having received recognition and various awards, one of them being the Emmy awards, in 2015 and 2016, the exhibition spans from times where shows like “I Love Lucy” were popular to now, where costumes from beloved shows like “Veep” and “American Horror Story” are on the TV screen. The exhibition also reflects the political economy and timeliness of these costumes, like technological and economic advancements that took place after World War II, according to the page on the museum’s website.
The other showcase revolves around menswear. It is called “ManMode: Dressing the Male Ego” and focuses on the idea that ego is pertinent to the male and how the male chooses to dress. The demand for fashion and importance and prevalence of it is highlighted in the exhibition. The premeditated decisions made in the landscape of men’s fashion spans throughout high-street and hipster fashion. The expansive field that is mediated through, once again, an ego the man possesses, is representative of a bespoke style. It is resonant of vestiary of the man.
Both shows have already begun and will be on display from Tuesdays through Saturdays. The “Art of Television and Costume Design” show is running from August 2 up until October 15, 2016, from 10 am to 5 pm each available day. The “ManMode” showcase is going from August 2 to December 23, 2016. The shows both are free to public. The address, if you are interested in visiting and attending one or both shows, is 919 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90015.
Note, finally, that the museum and the museum’s shop will be closed on labor day weekend, Friday, September 2, 2016 to Monday, September 5, 2016.
Veep Costume Design by Kathleen Felix Hager.
Robe, McGregor Sportswear. 1935-40.