Museum Collection

Women’s, Men’s, and children’s garments, and accessories dating from the 18th century to the present.

Study Collection

Hands-on resource for education and inspiration that includes women’s, men’s, children’s garments, and accessories dating from the 18th century to the present.

Rudi Gernreich Archive

Garments, accessories, jewelry, and housewares, as well as related patterns, correspondence, and press materials dating from 1950–1985.

Versace Menswear Archive

Outerwear, day and evening wear, jewelry, and accessories, as well as look books dating from 1982–1997.

Textile Collection

Panels, swatches, and ribbons dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, including a large collection of Wiener Werkstatte samples.

Jewelry Collection

Fine and costume jewelry dating from the 18th century to the present.

Hollywood Costume Collection

Film costume and accessories dating from 1920 to the present.

Fragrance Collection

Perfume bottles and packaging, cosmetics, and related ephemera dating from 1900 to the present.

Special Collections

Documentary materials including books, patterns, magazines, photographs, fashion illustrations, catalogs, and designer archives dating from 1800 to the present.

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. An introductory video guide to searching the collections and answers to our Frequently Asked Questions are available on the FIDM Museum Blog.


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.or 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 resource available for use by students and researchers. Consisting of 1,500 objects, the FIDM Museum Study Collection spans 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 Collection 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 Museum Associate Joanna Abijaoude: or 213.623.5821 x2226.