Talk & Tea: The Beauty Who Changed the Metrics of Fashion
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John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
Please join us and internationally acclaimed lecturer/curator (How Fashion Became Every Museum’s Superstar; Je T’aime Ronit Elkabetz), Ya’ara Keydar.
Questions concerning the image of the female body, ideals of beauty, and women’s role in society, all in relation to size, have been central in Western culture. Fashion is where this image of the body changes shape and dimensions, and dons further intricacies. Even the attempt at choosing a term for the nonslender woman reveals many hidden complexities. One of these terms – “Rubenesque” – was coined after one of the greatest painters of his age, Peter Paul Rubens.
In her lecture, fashion historian Ya’ara Keydar examines the shifting fashionable ideals and attitudes towards women’s bodies at various points in history beginning with Rubens in the 16th century, to Jean Paul Gaultier’s celebrated Plus Size muses in the 20th and 21st centuries.
After the lecture, have tea with us in the Legion Cafe.
Ya’ara Keydar, MA is a fashion historian and curator. Keydar graduated from the Costume Studies program at NYU and is a 2016 winner of NYU Steinhardt’s Samuel Eshborn Award. She holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in fashion design from Shenkar College. Her recent exhibition, Je t’aime, Ronit Elkabetz opened 2018 at the Israeli Design Museum. Her exhibition A Walk of Art: Visionary Shoes showed in New York in 2017, then traveled to San Francisco.
She also curated Cinderella Syndrome: A Journey in the Footsteps of the Stiletto, and co-curated Beyond Measure: Fashion and the Plus Size Woman. She interned at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute, at the Museum at FIT. Keydar teaches Fashion in Museums at NYUSPS in the Center for Applied Liberal Arts.
Event Committee: Anat Pilovsky, Shirley Juster, Renée Cocke, Mikki Bourne, Shelley Wells, Sally Yu Leung
- $65 General Admission
- $55 TAC members
- $105 Dresser’s Circle
Contact InformationTextile Arts Council