Thursday, November 5, 2009

"High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture" at FIDM

"High Style: Besty Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture" exhibit at FIDM

Givenchy, Valentino, Chanel oh my. Socialite and style maven, Betsy Bloomingdale has donated over 125 pieces of her personal garments and designer sketches to The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) museum's archives. In turn FIDM is showcasing Bloomingdale's pieces, that span over three decades, in an impressive exhibit titled, "High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture."

Betsy Bloomingdale

Bloomingdale's heralded collection of haute couture pieces has earned her universal respect in the fashion industry. The exhibit presents a never-before-seen look into Bloomingdale's personal life and style as well as showcasing the creation of haute couture garments.

My darling husband surprised me by taking me to see the exhibit last week. The pieces were amazing and there was not one thing I wouldn't love to wear today. Just goes to show you that haute couture is always in style. The designers whose masterpieces filled the gallery was truly mind-blowing. Some of her favorite designers shown are Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Marc Bohan for Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Norman Norell, Gianfranco Ferrè for Dior, Pierre Balmain, Yves Saint Laurent and Oscar de la Renta to name a few. There was a feathered Chanel dress that I'd have killed for but judging by the security guard's stare I knew I wouldn't get very far!
Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld feather dress that I wanted sooo bad!
Gianfranco Ferrè for Dior, 1989-90 red silk crepe evening gown - PC: Brian Sanderson/FIDM Photography

For all you fashionistas in the Los Angeles area this show is a MUST SEE. There is nothing more inspiring than seeing haute couture up close and personal. To see all of the detail, passion, and drama behind the design truly takes one's breath away. I have to say, I felt like I needed an oxygen tank after how many times my breath was taken away by the exhibit.

Outside FIDM Museum

"High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture"
FIDM Museum and Galleries
919 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

October 21, 2009 to December 13, 2009

Free exhibition Wednesday - Sunday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Private tours are available

For more information, call 213-623-5821 x3367
or visit the FIDM Website


Alicia said...

that's so exciting that you got to go see the exhibit! i went to FIDM and so so so miss seeing all the awesome showcases they had!

Bobbi said...

Yet another reason I can't wait to move to LA!!

That feather dress is absolutely beautiful!

Connie Weiss said...

That feather dress is amazing! So sweet of your hubby to surprise you.

Confessions Of A Working Mom said...

You make me wish I lived on the west coast! At least I can go there vicariously through this post :)

I love the Betsy Bloomingdale exhibit-- gosh, so many of those pieces are relevant and wearable right now, it's uncanny what an eye she has.

If you get a chance to go back, would you please grab the yellow one-strap gown in the center of that first photo for me????


mymompreneur said...

WOW! Those dresses are amazing. I hear that 20's and 30's styles are coming back. I love feminine beauty and can't wait until we have a little more class come back into affordable fashion. I'm with Elizabeth... I'll take the yellow one!

Kristin said...

What an incredible exhibition! How I would love to see that Chanel beauty in person!

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