At the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, women’s fashion holds a prominent place within the voluminous collections of the Caroline and H. McCoy Jones department of Textile Arts. These collections have grown over the years thanks to generous donations from many of San Francisco’s most stylish women. In this talk, Jill D’Alessandro, gives an overview of the Museums’ fashion collection with a spotlight on these major patrons, including Eleanor de Guigné, Jeanne Magnin, Nan Kempner, and Mrs. John N. (Dodie) Rosekrans Jr.
Florence Gould Theater
Dr. Dilys Blum's lecture on Elsa Schiaparelli is part of an ongoing lecture series for the special exhibition High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.
Elsa Schiaparelli was the premier style arbiter of the 1930s. This lecture will explore her close relationship with Paris’s artistic community and examine how her fashion designs interpreted the theories and images of Surrealism. Schiaparelli’s collaborations with Man Ray, Salvador Dali, and Jean Cocteau among others will be discussed.
The history of fashion in American is paralleled by the history of its representation in drawings and photographs. This lecture will focus on the role of photography in defining American style in the 20th century. In addition, it will also point to ways that fashion photography and its practices complicate standard accounts of photography’s defining characteristics. The work and contributions of Edward Steichen, Richard Avedon, William Klein, and others will be addressed.
San Francisco Ceramic Circle Illustrated Lecture: Maya Pots and English Crocks, 1850 BC–AD 1450 by Dr. David M. Pendergast, adjunct professor of anthropology, Trent University, Canada and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
San Francisco Ceramic Circle Illustrated Lecture: Wedgwood's Fairyland Lustre, by Stuart Slavid, Vice President of Skinner's Auction House, Boston
American Decorative Arts Forum presents Shadow of the Sphinx: Ancient Egypt and Its Influence in the 19th and 20th Centuries, by Anna Tobin D'Ambrosio
Anna Tobin D'Ambrosio is director and chief curator of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. D'Ambrosio has lectured extensively throughout the United States and has curated more than fifty exhibitions on American furniture, silver, and textiles.
Mini-exhibit: 7:15 pm
Lecture: 8 pm
American Decorative Arts Forum presents The Legendary Elsie de Wolfe: Fact and Fiction by Design, by Jared Goss
American Decorative Arts Forum (ADAF) presents The Diligent Needle: Instrument of Profit, Pleasure, and Ornament by Linda Eaton, director of museum collections and textiles curator, Winterthur Museum.
American Decorative Arts Forum (ADAF) presents Patterns of Their Time: Printed Textiles 1750–1850 and Beyond, by Linda Eaton, director of museum collections and textiles curator, Winterthur Museum