Posted by The Frugal Diva on 16th March 2011
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is a great place to visit, shop, and explore an interesting area of downtown LA. Now for the Diva it’s always more fun if there is some discount shopping involved and FIDM has a wonderful Scholarship Store with some of the best deals in town.
All the merchandise sold in the Scholarship Store is donated by over 400 successful manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers, many of whom employ FIDM Alumni. They send overstock and end of season items at great prices. All the money you spend goes to scholarships so feel good about splurging. There is even a video on the site to show you what great finds they have.
Now they also have exhibits of movie and television costumes plus a gallery devoted to perfume. The FIDM Los Angeles campus houses a Permanent and Study Collection of over 12,000 costumes, accessories, and textiles from the 18th century through the present day, including film and theatre costume. It is one of the largest such collections in the United States, and top designer holdings include Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, and Lacroix.
A current exhibition is 19th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design February 8 – April 30, 2011. On view are actual costumes from over 20 movies from 2010. This exhibtion is free to the public and will be open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Museum & Galleries will be closed April 22 through April 25 for Spring Recess.
Check it out and watch Project Runway like a fashion insider.