The spouse had a conference to attend in LA, so we traveled down there last Wednesday. We brought the in-laws along since they wanted to visit an old friend of theirs in a nearby town. The whole town was just about booked up because of a tech convention but we managed to get a room in a hotel in Little Tokyo. I loved the hotel and the neighborhood. While the spouse was busy with the conference, I was able to walk all around the area and go in the interesting museum, shops, and a restaurant or two. Best of all, the hotel was only a block from Kinokuniya, the Japanese bookstore. The photo above shows a view across the plaza toward Kinokuniya, my favorite bookstore.
When I drove downtown on Friday to pick up the husband from the Sheraton Hotel, where the conference was held, I parked on 8th street and walked around a bit to kill time. I was within walking distance of the FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising). It is really a lovely school and has a store, a bookstore, and a museum. In the school supply store I was able to find something I have always wanted, the Vary Form Curve Rule:
The museum was having an exhibit called ‘High Style’:
The brochure says that this exhibit “celebrates International Best Dressed Hall of Fame icon Betsy Bloomingdale…who has given more than 125 haute couture ensembles over four decades”. This was a truly fabulous exhibit. The gowns were displayed on mannequins, and you could get right up to them for a close look. I don’t think I will ever get a chance to get that close to a couture gown again. One or two of the gowns were displayed inside out so you could see the construction. The museum was not very crowded when I was there, but students were busy taking notes and sketching. No photos allowed though, unfortunately. A sign down the street says that the FIDM is the West Coast home of Project Runway. I really enjoyed my visit there.
Now that we are back home again, I continue trying to put my sewing room back together.