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Art of Fashion | Raissa Bretaña
Art of Fashion | Raissa Bretaña
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Thursday, October 12, 2017
5:30 p.m. Reception
6 p.m. Lecture

“Fashion and the Myth of Mid-Century Modernism: 1947 to 1957” a lecture by Raissa Bretaña, M.A. Candidate, Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, and Museum Practice

When Christian Dior debuted his New Look in 1947, here introduced a romantic silhouette not seen in fashion since the mid-nineteenth century—with full skirts and wasp waists that emphasized the female form. However, the ideals perpetuated by the world of high fashion during this decade remained at odds with the aesthetic developments in other aspects of mid-twentieth century design. This lecture examines the incongruity between the iconic silhouettes of 1950s fashion and the increasingly modern styles of architecture, furniture, graphic design, and the decorative arts that dominated visual culture during the same era.

Following the lecture, the galleries, Museum Shop and Canvas restaurant will be open until 9 p.m.

Lower Lobby, Lecture Hall

Seating is limited; reservations are required. House manager reserves the right to limit entry for latecomers.