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FIDM Museum
Cultural Facility

Project Area:  CBD-South Park
Project:  Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Project Location:  919 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 250
Project Type:  Developer Initiated


CRA/LA negotiated an agreement with the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising to build a 150,000 square foot facility of classrooms and administrative spaces for an advanced educational institute.  The developer’s public art obligation, which was one percent of the overall FIDM Building budget, included the fabrication of Yang Na, a public art piece by Tony Berlant and Gwynn Murrill, located in the lobby of the FIDM Building as well as funds dedicated for the creation of th FIDM Museum.  Located on the ground floor of the FIDM Building at 919 South Grand Avenue, the FIDM Museum & Galleries Foundation, Inc. is devoted to the exhibition and interpretation of dress and textiles.  The collection focuses primarily on the 19th and 20th centuries, with an emphasis on American and European dress.  The museum provides students, researchers, designers, and the public with resources to examine the roles of historic fashion, accessories, textiles, jewelry, fragrance, and related ephemera in their relationship to society, history, art, and technology.  The collections are sustained by standard museum practices for continual acquisition, preservation, and display.  Educational, outreach, and volunteer programs support the scholarly interpretation of the collections.  Signature exhibits include the Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Designs.

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FIDM/The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, is a specialized, private, degree-granting college, dedicated to educating students for the Fashion, Graphics, Interior Design, and Entertainment industries.  Since FIDM’s inception in downtown Los Angeles in 1969, FIDM has grown to include branch campuses in San Francisco, San Diego, and Orange County.  FIDM is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

FIDM offers Associate of Arts, Professional Designation, and Advanced Study programs.  FIDM’s curriculum is relevant, practical, and continually updated.  FIDM currently offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management as well as degrees in the following: Apparel Manufacturing Management, Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Merchandise Marketing, Merchandise Product Development, Textile Design, Visual Communications, Film & TV Costume Design, Footwear Design, Digital Media, International Manufacturing & Product Development, and Theatre Costume Design.