Folks zipping in to town this weekend to scout down a perch with the specific aim of getting a glitzy eyeful of the red carpet Oscar celebrations at the Kodak Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard on Sunday afternoon - also have a golden opportunity to get up-close-and personal with a dazzling array of exquisite movie costumes on display at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in the downtown core of the thriving Mmetropolis on South Grand Avenue.
The celebrated organization is honoring their 19th year in operation on the West Coast.
The one-of-a-kind collection includes delightful ensembles crafted for noteworthy feature films such as - "Inception", "Alice in Wonderland", "Wolfman", and "Shutter Island" - to name a prestigious few.
The aesthetic fashion tease may inspire a posse of film fans to surf over to the design facility's well-designed website for a gander at a bevy of unique outfits offered up in rich multi-media and on streaming video!
Project Runway, anyone?
The Los Angeles-based campus houses both a "Permanent" and a "Study Collection" which consists of over 12,000 exciting costumes, chic accessories, and a myriad of lush textiles from the 18th Century through the present day (including those whipped up for film and theatre productions around the globe).
The stunning well-rounded exhibition is one of the largest of its kind in the United States, in fact.
A handful of the top designers with splendid costumers on display include those by Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, and Lacroix.
The Museum also boasts a period Hollywood Costume Collection on loan from the City of Los Angeles (Department of Recreation and Parks).
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The Annette Green Perfume Museum, the only one of its kind in the U.S., is on display permanently and dedicated to the historical and cultural role of fragrance around the world.
A smattering of the scents are situated on the 2nd floor of the institute.
Paris Hilton eat your heart out, eh?
The "Mission" of FIDM is to provide students, educators, scholars, and industry personnel with a costume and textile resource so that they are able to explore (and examine) the role of costumes and textiles in their relationship to society and history.
The collection is sustained with standard museum practices for continued acquisition and preservation of costumes and textiles with a focus on the development of education, exhibition, outreach, and volunteer programs.
The FIDM Museum & Library, Inc. was founded in 1978.
Since January 1999, the museum operations have been separate from the Library, in order to offer up more specialized care and attention to the specific needs of the costume collection and museum-trained personnel (who have since been recruited for staff positions).
919 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
HOURS OF OPERATION
Tuesday - Saturday
(thru April 8th / 2011)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
See 'ya there!
Popular FIDM exhibits!