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Guest Lecture: "Fresh and Fired: Flowers and Sèvres Porcelain" by Dame Rosalind Savill

Wine Cooler, 1765. Soft-paste porcelain, Sèvres Factory, French. Museum purchase, San Francisco Foundation Grant from the Michael Taylor Trust
April 25, 2015 -

The Rococo brought the garden indoors, and the French royal factories of Vincennes and Sèvres created porcelain flowers to capture this fleeting new naturalism. They also invented vases, pots, and tubs both for real and for porcelain flowers, and containers either for growing plants and bulbs, or for floral perfumes and potpourri. Models were adapted with the seasons, and could be found displayed in private and public rooms, on chimney pieces, pier tables or commodes, or decorating dining tables. Sèvres embraced and enhanced the passing beauty of real flowers with their magical permanence

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Docent Lecture: "A Portrait of Marie-Antoinette: Art, Fashion, and Revolution in 18th Century France", by Kathryn Zupsic

Marie-Antoinette de Lorraine- de Autriche, reine de France
May 23, 2015 -

This is the story of Marie-Antoinette, the ill-fated queen of France, illustrated with the lavish art and fashions of her time, played out against a backdrop of political unrest and revolution. Marie-Antoinette was the undisputed European queen of fashion, a distinction which initially brought her success, but ultimately led to her demise.

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Docent Lecture: "Our Second Skin: Clothing as Social Language in Art", by Victoria Kirby

Vigée-LeBrun, Hyacinthe
May 17, 2015 -

Western artists have used clothing and drapery to reveal information about a wearer's social and economic positions, religious affiliation, politics, nationality, marital status, and fashion sense. Clothing can also provide fascinating information about a society and its attitudes, tell a story, or define a person's psychological state.

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Curator Lecture: "San Francisco Style: The Fine Arts Museums Costume Collection", by Jill D’Alessandro

Charles James, "Tree" ball gown
June 20, 2015 -

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.

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Guest Lecture: "When Fashion Met Art: The Designs of Elsa Schiaparelli" by Dr. Dilys Blum, Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Schiaparelli, evening dress, summer 1937
June 13, 2015 -

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.

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