Current Exhibitions

Dates
October 27, 2018 – August 31, 2019
Open by Appointment; Call 949.851.6200 to schedule visit
Location
FIDM Orange County
17590 Gillette Avenue
Irvine, CA 92614
Admission
Free to the public

Capturing the Catwalk is the first exhibition to explore the pioneering photography of Michel Arnaud, whose work for Harper’s Bazaar and British Vogue spans the 1970s–1990s. Featuring garments and accessories from brands such as Christian Dior, Chanel, and Gianni Versace alongside selections from the unparalleled photographic archive donated by Arnaud, Capturing the Catwalk highlights the synergy of fashion journalists and trendsetters, couture and ready-to-wear clientele, and runway spectacle in the age of supermodels.

Dates
August 21 – December 22, 2018
10am–5pm
Tuesday – Saturday
Location
FIDM Museum History Gallery
919 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Admission
Free to the public

After a distinguished military career and surprising coup d’état, Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was crowned Emperor of France in Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, on December 2, 1804. Beside him at the coronation was his wife Marie-Joseph-Rose de Tascher de la Pagerie de Beauharnais (1763-1814), whom he called "Joséphine." Emperor Napoléon’s reign lasted until 1815; together, he and Empress Josephine ushered in a remarkable new era of artistic expression. A strict dress code was mandated at royal court functions and the Empress was the ultimate arbiter of style. For formal occasions, ladies wore fashionable high-waist gowns and trains made from yards of French-produced silk satin, lace, velvet, and net with precious metal embroidery motifs that symbolized the rulers: bees, roses, and tulips, as seen in the florals here. The astonishingly rare Napoleonic court ensemble at the focus of this intimate exhibition was worn by a high-ranking member of the imperial circle – possibly even the Empress herself.

The FIDM Museum is currently fundraising to acquire this court gown and train through Operation 1804, which also supports provenance research, full conservation, and a documentary detailing these processes. By donating denominations between $18.04 and $1,804.00 – or even $18,040.00! – you will help us preserve this majestic piece of history and solve the exciting mystery of who wore it.