Friday, January 13

F4T: "Staging Fashion" at Bard Graduate Center


Lynnie and I are excited for Bard Graduate Center's latest fashion exhibition, Staging Fashion, 1880–1920: Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, Billie Burke, on view from January 18 through April 8. Curated by BGC assistant professor and Cora Ginsburg LLC research associate, Michele Majer, the exhibition explores the role of turn-of-the-twentieth-century actresses Jane Hading (1859–1941), Lily Elsie (above, 1886–1962), and Billie Burke (1884 –1970) as international trendsetters. As BGC notes, this is especially relevant today "in a society that has become infatuated with celebrities—actresses, actors, and artists whose images are used for promotional purposes in all kinds of media and advertising."


Among the more than 160 objects on view are three women's garments from the Museum of the City of New York's collection and three "Merry Widow" hats from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Through a mix of clothing, accessories, and printed material, the show and its accompanying catalogue examine how these actresses fashioned their personas. It was by the creation of a glamorous public image that they achieved and maintained stardom. "Each of these three women illustrates the phenomenon of the actress as a marketable commodity who promoted and depended on the widespread distribution of her own image to create and maintain her celebrity, which in turn was used to market an array of products that exploited her appearance and encouraged a connection between the actress and the consumer."


Not only do we think this exhibition's concept is fascinating and timely (given our celebrity-obsessed culture), but we are excited to see the MCNY's quite rare and very lovely turn-of-the-twentieth-century garments. Clothes -- in particular dresses -- from this period were often made from weighted silks (silks that contained metallic salts). While silk is normally very durable, these salts quickly degrade fabric; clothes from this period wore out quickly, and those that survive in today's museum collections are often brittle and broken (read: not suitable for display).


While your at BGC, be sure to stop by their Stephen Jones-curated hat show, which closes April 15.


Jackie

16 comments:

Emily said...

Wow, this sounds awesome! I've never been to this gallery before; looking forward to it!

Claire said...

what a great exhibit! would love to see this!

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briannelee said...

I wish I could see this! Sounds fabulous!

Mimi said...

that exhibition sure sounds interesting! i'd love to go to an exhibit like that. :)

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The Dainty Doll's House said...

This looks amazing, how fantastic to be able to go to this!! Havea lot of fun!! x

That Chelsea Girl™ said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this. Too bad I won't be able to see the exhibit in person. Have a wonderful weekend, ladies!

Rachel {Da Paura ♥} said...

Wow sounds like such an amazing event!

xo
Rachel

Oh my Dior! said...

that exhibition sounds so cool!!


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J said...

Sounds like a great exhibit!

MosaMuse said...

sounds like a nice exhibit!
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MosaMuse

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Punctuation Mark said...

I really wish i could go and see it!

Beauty Follower said...

NIce photo!

SomeKindOfStyle said...

this looks like an amazing exhibition! just adore all the vintage fashion!

btw, stay tuned for more coverage of Berlin Fashion Week coming soon ..

adore .. Bottega Veneta and Valentino .. very romantic and whimsical! x

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Stylish By Nature said...

That exhibition sounds so cool!!

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Jo and Sue said...

Ha yes!! :) Glad this style will come back this summer !