Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sunday Best-FIDM

On Sundays I've decided to post about something I appreciate or that I'm grateful for. I always feel better overall if I take the time to remember what's going right. I'm actually grateful for my job (one of my jobs. I mean I'm grateful for all of my jobs but this is one of them. :P)

I've mentioned before that I teach at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. My degree is in Costume Design for Theatre and I've done that professionally for 30 years (only every now and then at this point) So I get to teach my favorite subjects: History of Costume and 20th Century Fashion Designers.

I love going on campus. All the guys and gals are so cute and fashionable. And there is a public park attached. Here's the view from the faculty lounge balcony.

I think my favorite part of the school is the library. All but a small rack of fiction books are materials related to the majors. We are an Applied Arts College so there are a lot more majors besides fashion. Almost anything I tend to be interested in seems to be represented in the library. For instance, I wanted to learn more about photography for my blog and I found about 5 books there that fit the bill. I'm reading one of them right now that has already taught me quite a lot about my little camera (haha. Read manuals much? ---no)

We also have a fabulous museum. It's kind of famous for displaying some of the Academy Award nominated films costumes around Oscars time.


Right now they have a sweet little exhibit about the Little Black Dress and it includes the iconic dress Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast At Tiffany's. Below is a dress designed by Monique Lhuillier (FIDM Alum)

One more thing, if you're interested in vintage clothes and want to know a little more about them, FIDM has a museum blog that showcases some of the items from our collection and gives some historical background.
They're launching a new website which looks terrific.

Claire McCardell Playsuit from 1948

Oh, one more one more thing. I mention the FIDM Scholarship Store in my outfit posts. It's a store on campus that is open to the public. They get donations from stores like Forever 21, BCBG and Torrid and sell them really cheap. The money goes toward scholarships. There's also jewelry, lots of fabric for $1 a yard and other things. If you live in LA you should definitely check it out.

Nick Verreos  from Project Runway-FIDM alum and teacher

Wow this is the longest post in the world (at least there are pictures). I guess I have a lot to be grateful for. I'm grateful for you, too. Have a great Sunday.


  1. I'm totally impressed. It seems to be the perfect place to work of you love clothes and costumes like you do!You must be getting tons of inspiration every day. Too bad I don't live in LA .I would come meet you and check the museum and the store. I'll go check the sites instead!

  2. wow the exhibition looks fab!! Wish I was there :D
    Come follow my blog hun :)


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