If you’re in Downtown L.A., there are plenty of museums to explore such as the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Los Angeles Museum of Art. Consider switching things up and going to the lesser known museum held at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. After you explore the museum, check out some late night restaurants in West Hollywood and grab a bite to eat!
The FIDM Museum & Galleries is a museum that tells the story of fashion. Founded in 1969, the museum collects and preserves various fashion objects throughout the years especially those with outstanding design merit. The museum offers a number of collections with perhaps its largest collection being that which houses various women’s, men’s and children's garments dating all the way back to the 18th century until the present. Track the changes of fashion styles and see the progression of history through the eyes of fashion. Another popular exhibit is the Hollywood Costume Collection. The collection houses fashion items worn in Hollywood such as a pair of dancing shoes worn by Fred Astaire! The collection has costumes and accessories from the 1920s to the present. Don’t forget to stop by the Versace Menswear Archive. The Archive houses day and evening wear, accessories, jewelry, and outerwear by Versace.
The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. The museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Holidays. Additionally, the museum of FREE. You’ll find the museum at 919 South Grand Ave, Suite 250 in L.A. If you’d like to learn more, the museum also offers Curator Tours, which offers a behind the scenes look at the museum led by a knowledgeable staff member. For an interesting look at the history of fashion, consider stopping by the FIDM Museum today!