Fashion Series

This spring and summer join us for a series of talks exploring fashion from around the world and across time. From the Egypt-obsessed looks of the 1930s to the chic styles of Impressionist Paris, each month we will touch on an aspect of art and fashion history through the run of Dior: From Paris to the World.  Click on the title of each talk to learn more. 

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Global Style: Muslim Modest Fashion Today

Friday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.
Join Jill D’Alessandro, Curator in Charge of Costume and Textile Arts at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, for a talk about Muslim fashions past and present and the intersections of cutting-edge contemporary design and modest dress.   

Cleopatra Had a Jazz Band: 20th-Century Egyptomania

Friday, March 8, 7:00 p.m.
The discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922 launched a phase of intense Egyptomania. But the story of American fascination with ancient Egypt goes much further, from public mummy unwrappings in 1850 to one of the first jazz records in 1917. In this lecture, Egyptologist and vintage fashion aficionada Dr. Colleen Darnell explores the hidden history of our enduring interest in ancient Egypt. 

Fashion and Art in Impressionist Paris

Thursday, April 25, 7:00 p.m.
Step into Impressionist Paris with an evening of art and fashion. Begin your night with French-inspired dishes in the cafe, and then visit the new exhibition Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist, learn about the fashion trends present in Morisot's paintings and what they tell us about late 19th-century French society, and see the fashions come to life in a runway show featuring period garments made by fashion design students at the Art Institute of Dallas. 

Fashions from the Jungle: Ancient Maya Dress and Adornment

Thursday, May 2, 7:00 p.m.
Maya art shows us that their royal courts were places to see and be seen, whether it was wearing elaborate headdresses, fragrant florals, ornate jewelry made from exotic marine shells and greenstone, or textiles woven from fibers dyed in rich hues. Join archaeologist Dr. Cara G. Tremain for a talk on the elaborate court dress of the ancient Maya. 

Exhibition Talk: Dior 

Thursday, May 23, 7:00 p.m.
Fashion historian Amber Butchart will discuss the ways in which fashion designers past and present have taken inspiration from the world around them. Drawing on fashion history, art, nature, and pop culture, Butchart will explore the nature of innovation and reveal threads that connect decades of fashion design.

Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric

Friday, June 21, 8:30 p.m.
Dr. madison moore, cultural critic, DJ, and Assistant Professor of Queer Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, will talk about his new book Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric, which looks to ballroom culture, nightclubs, and street style to ask what it means to be fabulous and how eccentricity can be a political gesture for marginalized communities. 

Dior and His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and the New Look

Friday, July 19, 7:00 p.m.
Author Maureen Footer will speak about her book Dior and His Decorators, which examines the work of Victor Grandpierre and Georges Geffroy, the designers behind Dior's first couture house. With a trove of evocative vintage photographs, Footer will discuss the part these designers played in launching the Dior brand by creating the backdrop for his New Look.

Late Night Curator Talk: Dior: From Paris to the World

Friday, August 16, 7:00 p.m.
DMA decorative arts curator Sarah Schleuning will share highlights from her new exhibition Dior: From Paris to the World and share how the House of Dior has looked to art for inspiration over the last 70 years.

Live Podcast: The Golden Age of Haute Couture with "Dressed"

Friday, August 16, 7:00 p.m.
When Dior unveiled his New Look in the late 1940s, he kicked off what would be known as a Golden Age of Couture. Join April Calahan and Cassidy Zachary from the podcast Dressed for a live episode about what made this era of fashion design so iconic and who the key players were.