Spring Fashion Series

This spring 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 leading up the opening of Dior: From Paris to the World.  Check back regularly or sign up for DMAupdates to receive news about upcoming events.

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.