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ASU FIDM Museum

Gallery closed. Art of Costume Design in Film opens to the public March 5, 2024.

A global resource for the study of fashion past, present and future.

ASU FIDM Museum’s 15,000-piece collection represents over 400 years of fashion history, including haute couture and ready-to-wear, world dress, film costumes, accessories, jewelry, textiles, fragrance packaging and ephemera.

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Hours and admission

ASU FIDM Museum is open during exhibitions only. 

10 a.m.–5 p.m. (California time), Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
10 a.m.–8 p.m. (California time), Thursday

Closed Sunday and Monday

Free admission!

No tickets or reservations are required.

Getting here

The ASU FIDM Museum is located at the ASU California Center Grand.

919 South Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, California, 90015

Navigate to Interstate 110 and use the following directions to drive to the Museum:

From North 

  • Take the 110 South towards downtown Los Angeles/San Pedro
  • Continue towards downtown Los Angeles and take the 9th Street exit; stay to the left on the exit ramp
  • Continue on 9th Street and drive 4 blocks to 9th Street & Grand Avenue

From South

  • Take the 110 North towards downtown Los Angeles/Pasadena
  • Take the 9th Street exit
  • Continue on 9th Street and drive 4 blocks to 9th Street & Grand Avenue
  • Take the Red, Blue, Purple or Expo line to 7th Street/Metro Center Station: 660 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90017
  • Walk Southeast on 7th Street to Hope Street
  • Turn RIGHT on Hope Street and continue to 9th Street
  • Grand Hope Park is at the corner of Hope Street & 9th Street and adjacent to the ASU California Center Grand building
  • Walk through the park to reach the ASU California Center Grand building and the Museum entrance
  • Use Metro Trip Planner to determine the best rail route
  • The following bus lines will stop at the corner of 9th Street & Grand Avenue: 37, 70, 71, 76, 78, 79, 96, 378, 770, 66, 81
  • Continue 1/2 block south on Grand Avenue to 919 South Grand Avenue
  • The Museum is accessible by additional bus lines; use Metro Trip Planner to determine the best bus route
  • Parking is available for $10 (credit or debit cards only) in the lot located underneath the ASU California Center Grand building; entrance is on 9th Street just before Grand Avenue
  • Please do not enter if the red Lot Full sign is posted at the entrance
  • Additional parking can be found in surrounding lots and street meters
  • Tour bus parking is not available in the ASU California Center Grand lot

Tours

Hour-long tours are available for ASU FIDM Museum exhibitions as well as “behind the scenes” of Museum storage. Tours must be booked with at least two weeks’ notice and are conducted Monday–Saturday by appointment only.

Please note, the building parking lot cannot accommodate tour buses.

To schedule a tour call 602-496-2722.

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Mission statement

The ASU FIDM Museum and Library, Inc. collects, preserves and interprets fashion objects and support materials with outstanding design merit. It fosters student learning, public engagement and recognition of the creative arts and entertainment industries by providing access to the collections through exhibitions, publications and other research opportunities

Photo: Evening Dress [detail]. Stephen Burrows. New York City, ca. 1979. Embroidered polyester jersey. Gift of Steven Porterfield, 2022.897.7.

Museum history

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising was founded in 1969, and staff from the Fashion Design Department assembled a fledgling Study Collection for hands-on classroom use in 1973. The nonprofit FIDM Museum and Library, Inc. was established in 1978.

During the 1990s, a curatorial department was established and the galleries were built. In April 2023, Arizona State University announced that FIDM would be part of the expansion of fashion education at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU – establishing ASU FIDM. 

Today, thanks to more than a thousand generous donors, the ASU FIDM Museum holds over 15,000 fashion objects dating primarily from the eighteenth century to the present, and 200,000 Special Collections artifacts.

Photo: Wedding Purse [detail]. Europe or United States, ca. 1937. Wired glass beads. FIDM Museum purchase: Funds donated by Willa Bouwens-Killeen, 2021.5.25.

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Collecting policy

The ASU FIDM Museum collects fashion objects and support materials with outstanding design merit. Acquisitions have dynamic visual appeal in exhibitions or photographs; are an excellent example of an era, culture, or designer’s work; and hold meaningful artistic and social significance.

Donations and purchases support the museum’s mission. Objects of interest include clothing and accessories, textiles, jewelry, film costumes, fashion magazines, photographs and design archives.

To inquire about donating, please contact kevin.leslie.jones@asu.edu.

Photo: "Scribble" Day Suit [detail]. Christian Francis Roth. New York City, Spring 1990. Cotton sateen. Gift of Wendy Cohen, 2020.1774.1AB.

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ASU California Center Grand
919 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Museum entrance on ground floor
213-510-6964
infoasufidmmuseum@asu.edu