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Hotel Figueroa is proud to be at the center of DTLA’s ongoing cultural renaissance, which has curious, in-the-know visitors from around the world flocking to our endlessly dynamic and ever-changing neighborhood. Following are our carefully curated picks for what to see, do, eat, drink and explore in the buzzing heart of this spectacular city.

Things to Do in
Downtown Los Angeles

Hotel Figueroa is proud to be at the center of DTLA’s ongoing cultural renaissance, which has curious, in-the-know visitors from around the world flocking to our endlessly dynamic and ever-changing neighborhood. Following are our carefully curated picks for what to see, do, eat, drink and explore in the buzzing heart of this spectacular city.

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Must See Now: FIDM’s Art of Television Costume Design

Must See Now: FIDM’s Art of Television Costume Design

If it were possible to reward a museum with an honor for “Most Fashionable Exhibit,” the annual presentation at FIDM Museum dedicated entirely to costumes featured on today’s most popular TV shows would take the top prize.

When done well, a show’s costumes can reveal insightful details about the characters, enrich the world of the series, and aid in propelling the show’s storyline. The “Art of Television Costume Design” exhibit, now in its 13th year, pays homage to the costume designs that do just that.

Must See Now: FIDM's Art Of Television Costume Design

To celebrate the latest crop of Emmy-nominated shows that have all received nods for “Outstanding Costumes,” as well as looks from shows that are fan favorites, the Television Academy teamed up with FIDM Museum to showcase more than 100 ensembles featured 23 different shows. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public at FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, lets visitors see the work of costume designers, costume supervisors and assistant costume designers up close, as the exhibit highlights costumes that spans genres and time periods.

Among the 100-plus costumes are looks from Emmy-nominated period show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, contemporary shows like black-ish, and costumes from the final season of Game of Thrones, including one of Daenerys’ coats worn by Emilia Clarke. Also on view: looks from the celebrity singing competition The Masked Singer, where the apparel was just as memorable as the performances, along with looks seen on Veep, Gotham, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Outlander. The hand-painted leather jacket worn by Ashton Sanders in HBO’s Native Son is even more evocative when examined in-person, and few costumes can compete with the over-the-top, deliciously 80s ballroom looks from Pose on FX.

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Close to 950 guests attended the exhibition’s opening gala, including designers Michelle R. Cole (“Black-ish”), Lou Eyrich (“Pose”) Alix Friedberg (“Sharp Obects”), Jennifer Rogien (“Russian Doll”),  Cynthia Summers(“A Series of Unfortunate Events”),  Marina Toybina (“The Masked Singer”), Allyson Fanger (“Grace and Frankie”), Steven Lee (“Dancing with the Stars”),  Zaldy Goco (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) and Beth Morgan (“GLOW”).

The “Art of Television Costume Design” exhibit at the FIDM, just a 7-minute walk from Hotel Figueroa, runs from August 20 to October 26, 10AM-5PM Tuesday through Saturday. Photos courtesy of FIDM Museum.

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The Essential Guide to the Downtown Art Walk

The Essential Guide to the Downtown Art Walk

An eclectic mix of creative expression, the monthly Downtown Art Walk invites art lovers to discover new painters, designers, photographers and more in DTLA.

On the second Thursday of each month, twelve blocks along Spring and Main transform into a bustling creative core, with select galleries extending their hours, merchants showcasing goods for sale, food vendors, and thousands of visitors taking their appreciation of art from inside traditional spaces to the streets. For the uninitiated, the scale of Art Walk can come as a surprise, so here are several key details you should know about the beloved event before you attend.

Downtown Art Walk guide via @downtownartwalk.

Left: Setting up for a solo show from Andrew Eyler at Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts gallery; Right: A piece from the recent “Permutations”, an exhibition of sculptural works by Ching Ching Cheng at the Fine Arts Building. Photos via @downtownartwalk on Instagram

 

Held rain or shine, Art Walk is a free event that runs from 6 to 10pm, with most galleries and spaces located in DTLA’s walkable Historic Core District and Fashion District. Attendees are encouraged to take public transportation to the event (the Pershing Square Metro train station stop is a convenient option) though many opt for ridesharing alternatives or for parking at nearby lots or meters. From Hotel Figueroa, most activities along the route are within a ten-minute car ride.

The purpose of Art Walk is to connect art lovers and enthusiasts with local and visiting artists, spaces and galleries in a meaningful way. Two dozen art galleries, including the Fine Arts Building and MOCA, welcome “Art Walkers” each month. It’s also the only time the public can visit some galleries without an appointment. And the DTLA Art Walk is a natural time to visit one of our favorite institutions, the Broad, a contemporary museum that was an instant hit when it opened in 2015. Of course, Art Walk is also a breeding ground for artists to test out new concepts before the works are available for purchase or on view in galleries and museums.

The Essential Guide To The Downtown Art Walk

The Downtown Art Walk map of participating venues.

 

Guided tours are available for those seeking detailed information about the history of the event and the participating galleries, but most visitors stroll along the route at a casual pace or with the help of the gallery guide, above, and here.

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Hotel Figueroa opened in the 1920s as a hotel for solo women travelers, and we continue to rally for women’s rights. We’re continually inspired by the creative energy of Downtown Los Angeles. For local recommendations—and to hear from the diverse individuals who make DTLA what it is today—head to our Meet You Downtown blog.

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From dazzling entertainment venues, to some of country’s foremost museums and art galleries, to cutting-edge shopping and dining options, DTLA offers an endless array of can’t-miss destinations just steps from Hotel Figueroa. Click on the map for a quick preview of some of our must-see spots.

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