On Saturday, August 27th, Sass3 headed north to FIDM, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, to see the Outlander Costumes. Back in July, initially we viewed the huge costume exhibit at the Paley Media Center in Beverly Hills; however, some of the pieces were not available. For this road trip to FIDM, we were particularly interested in seeing Claire Fraser’s “Dior” dress.
Jae didn’t make this journey because her son was not feeling well. Family is our number one priority so naturally she stayed home. Mela too was under the weather. She had a pretty bad cold that morning, but managed to make the 2 hour trek. In fact, she drove!
Getting There and Parking
During the weekend, LA traffic is unpredictable. Using the WAZE APP to anticipate travel time and best departure hour allows us to plan ahead. WAZE provides real-time traffic conditions and alternate routes to avoid the infamous LA gridlock; at times, it will redirect you to utilize sides streets or toll roads instead of the freeway. If you have a transponder, the toll roads will not be a problem.
Traffic was very light that morning until we reached downtown LA.
This was the route we took out of San Diego:
- I- 5 North
- CA 73 (partial toll)
- I – 405 North
- CA 110 North
- Exit 9th Street (Exit #23), stay right
- Merge onto James Wood Blvd, and then W 9th Street to
- Pass Flower Street, and then S. Hope Street (parking entrance is before S Grand Street)
Our trip took us a bit over 2 hours even with light traffic.
We reached the parking garage about 10 a.m. The entrance is on the right hand side after Flower Street. If you pass S. Grand, then you’ve gone too far.
Parking is $5. When we arrived, we stopped here to pay for a ticket, but there was no attendant. We waited awhile and then spoke to security. We were told that there was no charge (Saturday) as long as we were visiting FIDM and parked at the 2 lower levels, P2 and P3.
FIDM is a nice, small campus with a courtyard and park, Grand Hope Park. There are several benches for sitting and a small, pleasant courtyard.
The entrance to the museum and galleries are past those huge double glass doors.
Two exhibits are presented: The 10th Oustanding Art of Television Costume Design and Manmode Dressing the Man’s Ego. Get there before October 15th.
We were excited about viewing the Costume Design exhibit because of the 2016 Emmy Award nomination Outlander received for Outstanding Costumes for a Period/Fantasy Series, 2016 category. As Outlander fans, we love the show’s period clothing so we were also very pleased to see the series recognized for their ensembles. We feel that Terry Dresbach and her team are more than worthy of this nomination.
The very 1st exhibit you see is OUTLANDER! It was up front, dead center.
Center stage is Claire and Jamie! The exquisite “Dressage Dress” is decorated with fine embroidery. Jamie’s kilt is complimented with fine boots and a leather jacket.
At the other end of the riser is the dress we were waiting for! The leather gloves and purse creates a finished look.
Claire Fraser’s 1960s ensemble seems so modern even for today’s fashion.
Master Raymond’s jacket boasted 4 panel embroidery designs.
OTHER Favorite T. V. Series
Many T.V. shows were featured; however, these were some of our OTHER favorites:
Marvel: Agent Carter
Another STRONG female character is Agent Carter. She’s smart and kicks some serious butt! Peggy Carter is Mela’s favorite female character, like Claire Fraser.
Game of Thrones
Who doesn’t love Game of Thrones ?! We know Maril loves it! Sam Heughan also auditioned 7 times for this T. V. series. Their loss, our gain!
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead is Lady K’s favorite program to watch with her son. It was exciting to see Daryl’s iconic angel-wing vest!
Others were presented. You may see all the photos from this exhibit and MORE at our Flickr account (we will continue to update this album).
Some of the programs’ vision boards were shown at the entrance. The inspiration for the various series were quite interesting. Do you see Terry’s?
Some of the inspiration to Claire’s 18th century Dior dress.
Make sure you visit the gift shop because they carry many Outlander products and merchandise.
These “exclusive to FIDM” notebooks are perfect souvenirs. We made sure we picked one up for Jae since she was not able to make it.
For lunch we drove to LA Live on Olympic Blvd. We parked here at the East Garage, Gate A. Two hour parking during the weekDAYS are free with validation (verify which establishments). On the weekends it cost $10 for the 1st two hours and then $5 every half hour after that. We were not planning on staying longer than that.
There are many restaurants and eateries. When we exited from the East Garage entrance, we turned left.
Tom’s Urban is what we were craving! It was busy with cheering soccer fans at the sports bar. Several large screen monitors showed the game – it was packed. The waiter sat us in the quiet section. This is a perfect place to grab a hamburger and fries. The menu offers other dishes like tacos, salads, late breakfast, and more. We recommend this restaurant if you have a group of people. It provides a variety of entrees to please everyone’s palate.
Visit Nearby Grammy Museum
If you have time, we recommend visiting the Grammy Museum also located at LA Live. It is about a 2 minute walk from Tom’s Urban Restaurant and a 5 minute drive from FIDM. Unfortunately because of time, we didn’t have the opportunity to go in. However, here’s some information about it.
Pricing looks reasonable, especially if you have children under the age of 5. Here are the ticket prices (see photo above).
There were three exhibits that weekend:
- Celebrating The Miracles
- Ladies and Gentlemen, The Beatles
- Ottis Redding and The Revolution of Souls
The Beatles would have been an exhibit we would enjoy, but it’ll have to be another day with our families.
What an adventure! We hope that you get the opportunity to enjoy all the sites Los Angeles has to offer.
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