Introduction

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.

Highlights

Browse collection highlights chosen by FIDM Museum curators. Choose a category and experience selected works of art from our collections. Each object is accompanied by relevant information, including dates, materials and maker.

Due to the large size of our collections, only selected objects are available for viewing via the online Collections Database. All information contained in the Collections Database is subject to change due to ongoing research. For additional information on specific objects, or to inquire about other objects in our collections, please contact Curator Kevin Jones: kjones@FIDMmuseum.org or 213.623.5821 x3367.

Permanent Collection

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: or 213.623.5821 x3367.

Study Collection

The FIDM Museum Study Collection is a hands-on collection available for use by students and researchers. Consisting of 1,500 objects, the FIDM Museum Study Collections span 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 Collections 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 Study Collections Manager Carolyn Jamerson: studycollection@FIDMmuseum.org or 213.623.5821 x3373.

Join Curator Kevin Jones on a brief video tour of the FIDM Museum collection.