The FIDM Museum and Library, Inc. collects, preserves, and interprets fashion objects and support materials with outstanding design merit. It fosters student learning, public engagement, and recognition of the creative arts and entertainment industries by providing access to the collections through exhibitions, publications, and other research opportunities.
The collections of the FIDM Museum & Galleries span more than 200 years of fashion history. From Parisian haute couture to iconic film costumes and one-of-a-kind accessories, our collections offer a comprehensive overview of fashion’s key moments and most important tastemakers.
The FIDM Museum Permanent Collection contains 15,000 objects representing over 200 years of fashion history, including haute couture and ready-to-wear, non-Western dress, film costumes, textiles, jewelry, and fragrance. Two major archives—Rudi Gernreich and Gianni Versace Menswear—are highlights of the museum’s collection. New objects are acquired by purchase or donation with the goal of enriching our current holdings. Objects from the Permanent Collection are used for exhibition and research. In order to protect the Permanent Collection, objects are only available for viewing during scheduled exhibitions, and by appointment.
To inquire about objects in the Permanent Collection, or to schedule a research appointment, contact Curator Kevin Jones: kjones@FIDMmuseum.org or 213.623.5821 x3367.
The FIDM Museum Study Collection is a hands-on resource available for use by students and researchers. Consisting of 1,500 objects, the FIDM Museum Study Collection spans 200 years of fashion history. In addition to haute couture, ready-to-wear, and non-Western garments, the Study Collection also contains accessories, textiles, and garment trims. FIDM faculty and students from all majors are encouraged to use the Study Collection for research and design inspiration
Objects are available for study on all four FIDM campuses—Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, and San Diego—with the largest group of Study Collection objects residing in the FIDM Museum at the Los Angeles campus. To inquire about objects in the Study Collections, or to schedule a research appointment, contact Museum Associate Joanna Abijaoude: studycollection@FIDMmuseum.org or 213.623.5821 x2226.