Friday, September 16, 2011

Scores from the Fabric District/FIDM

I forgot to add I got some pretty good scores while downtown today.  I stopped by Home Fabrics before going over to FIDM just to check to $5/yd silk bolt ends and scored this lovely deep wine gold painted silk.  There's only about 4 yards of it and it's a bit of an odd design but my first thought was maybe a Banyan for my husband.  Even if not totally correct I think it would look pretty awesome.  I also scored the EXACT fabric for Michelle Pfeiffer's Lamia costume from Stardust which I started the skirt for a while back.  I was pretty psyched to see this as I've been looking for it for a while.

Then I headed over to FIDM.  The FIDM scholarship store is always worth a look if you're in the area.  All the fabric is $2 a yard and trim is a steal too with bolts of trim going from $2-$6  for the whole BOLT.  There were a bunch of fine 95% cotton, 5% nylon laces there with very nice soft hands in a variety of widths. So I bought a bunch of them.  And I think given the high cotton content they may dye pretty well.  The wide one I am especially happy about, it was the most expensive at  $6 for the entire 33 YARDS!   I think you'll be seeing this on a lot of my dresses!
I checked out the new exhibit  at FIDM LA today.  The collection ranged from the sublime, like this peacock muff (there's a matching hat too)

To the ridiculous "Everything grows bigger in California" 1950s novelty boxer shorts with a ruler on the fly! And a few things that skirted both - like the black uber vampy 1940s evening gown made by Adrian for a client to wear to her son's bar mitzvah!   And this crazy yet cool 19teens black bat mourning hat (no real bats were harmed, th faces are fabricated):

The show runs from now until December 17th.  Photography is not allowed but you can fork over $85 to get the huge full color illustrated catalogue which also includes many pieces not in the exhibit.