30 January 2012

Is 2012 the Year of the Costume?

On the FIDM Museum blog, there's an announcement about the 20th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition, which will run from February 14 through April 28, 2012. Naturally, at least one costume worn by Dietrich will be on display. Which one(s)? I don't know. Previously, the FIDM Museum blog has featured two items worn by Dietrich, one designed by Travis Banton and the other by Irene. If I understand this interview correctly, FIDM Museum has many items worn by Dietrich (the second-largest collection, in fact, after the MDCB) on long-term loan from a bureaucratic unit called the Department of Recreation and Parks, City of Los Angeles, Historic Hollywood Collection. Catchy name, no? Another FIDM Museum blog describes a cream dress and cape from Desire that was on display at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art in 2010. Whatever we get to see, we should be grateful. The exhibition's free!


  1. Amazing. But honestly the Department of Recreation and Parks? Oh well at least they've saved something.

  2. This seems well-timed to coincide with TCM's film festival in April - would be a great extracurricular expedition for those venturing to L.A. for the TCM event.

    Meanwhile, methinks it's getting to be time to take another trip "down south."

  3. Umaneo, I've read a bit about how the costumes ended up with that Dept., and it's a miracle so many survived its "care" (a Google search of "Hollywood Museum Associates" retrieves lots of relevant results, too). At least the powers that be finally had the sense to make FIDM Museum responsible for them, and not that barn by Hollywood Bowl.

    Lady Eve, the exhibition has been available during this time for the past several years, but it would be a great trip for anyone attending the TCM event. Taking the subway from the movie screenings in Hollywood to the museums in downtown is easy, too. No transfers!