Whether it is where to learn about the history of fashion, study fashion or just live fashion, here’s where to do it in Los Angeles.
FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum)
919 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Founded in in 1969, FIDM was the first of its kind on the West Coast — a specialized, private college dedicated to educating students for the fashion, graphics, interior design, and entertainment industries. Major studies range from Stylist to Trend Analyst, Footwear Design to Merchandise Marketing and so many more creative and current options. Famous fashion designers like Monique Lhuillier and numerous contestants on “Project Runway” have attended FIDM and continue to be involved in teaching and inspiring new students.
Otis College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045
In 1918, Harrison Gray Otis, founder of the Los Angeles Times, bequeathed his estate to the county for “the advancement of the arts.” Otis College of Art and Design was created as L.A.’s first independent, professional school of art. There, students of art and design learn to apply their creativity and their vision to enrich our world. Fashion design students work with professional faculty and guest design mentors creating clothing emulating the fashion design studio, and following the industry’s seasonal schedule. Design mentors have included Cynthia Vincent, Claire Pettibone, Billabong, Bob Mackie, Trina Turk, Todd Oldham and hundreds more. Fashion design faculty members work in the field so that they are always current in the dynamic and ever-changing fashion scene. Students learn to meet deadlines with creativity and self-discipline. Otis Fashion alumni enter the design world as assistant designers, associate designers, illustrators, costume designers, textile designers, accessory designers, and product designers.
Costume Council of LACMA
Organized in 1954, the Costume Council is the largest of LACMA’s 10 Art Councils. Its mission is to educate and expand awareness of fashion, design, costume and textiles as art — and to increase the breadth and depth of LACMA’s world-class Costume & Textiles Collection encompassing more than 25,000 objects.
The Costume Council’s yearly calendar includes lectures by well-known authors, curators, and notable designers, as well as cocktail receptions, red-carpet film premiers, fashion shows, and book signings. Previous events have included the West Coast film premieres for “Valentino: The Last Emperor,” “Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston,” a private exhibition and champagne luncheon with handbag icon Judith Leiber and a live fashion show and talk with costume designer Janie Bryant of AMC’s “Mad Men.” To join one of the museum’s art councils, you must be a patron-level LACMA member.
8214 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Decades, the illustrious vintage and haute consignment retailer on Melrose has been the go-to destination for fashionistas and collectors for an unparalleled collection of designer clothing and accessories dating from the 1920s to today. Known for their discerning eye, co-owners Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos personally oversee the acquisition of an edited selection of authentic vintage treasures and future collectibles. Their clientele in Los Angeles is a veritable who’s who of Hollywood’s elite, like Julianne Moore, Selma Blair and Charlize Theron. Renowned stylist Rachel Zoe regularly goes bananas over their unique finds.
Traveling the world’s auctions and private collections, they are always adding to their vintage glamor collection of gently to never-used clothing and accessories directly from celebrities, stylists and high-end shoppers. Hermes, Dior, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Alexander Wang and Rick Owens just scratch the surface of what they offer, selling the pre-loved items at prices of up to 80 percent off retail.
1660 N. Highland Ave. (at Hollywood Boulevard)
The Hollywood Museum has the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world and included in their collection are hundreds of costumes. In this legendary setting, items on display include Marilyn Monroe’s million-dollar dress, Elvis’ personal bathrobe, costumes and wardrobe from “I Love Lucy,” “Superman,” “Star Trek,” and more. The Hollywood Museum is housed in the historic Max Factor Building where Max Factor, Hollywood’s Makeup King , created the looks of Hollywood’s Golden Era stars.
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