Fashion Arts Society rolls out new programming!

Everyone loves a fashion show; getting dressed up, watching some models strut their stuff. But sometimes it’s fun to just talk or watch a movie, about fashion of course. Our friends at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Fashion Arts Society definitely kept that in mind when choosing their 2011 programming. Best mark your calendars now.

Thursday, March 3 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Film–Valentino: The Last Emperor

Valentino: The Last Emperor is a documentary portrait of fashion’s emperor of fantasy glamor. Launched in 1960s Rome, Valentino’s house produced exquisite works of fashion art worn by Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor and many others. The film follows the imperial Valentino Garavani, his lifelong partner Giancarlo Giammetti, and their six pugs across Europe in 2007 as they prepare one of his final couture shows and a retrospective at the Ara Pacis Museum. The breezy soundtrack is by Nino Rota, who scored many Fellini films. The New York Times called the film “a must-see for fashion lovers.”

$9 public, $5 IMA members, FREE for Fashion Arts Society Members
This film is presented by the Fashion Arts Society.

Thursday, March 31 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Talk–Mary Cassatt’s Parisian Fashions

More InfoThis talk explores how pioneering painter Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) used the clothing in her paintings to comment on modern life and modern art. In nineteenth-century Paris, dressmaking was elevated to a fine art, admired by a worldwide audience. Friend and fellow artist Edgar Degas’ etching of Mary Cassatt and her sister Lydia called Au Louvre (1880) is not so much a portrait of the women themselves as it is of their dresses and how they wore them. Nancy Mowll Mathews, the Eugénie Prendergast Senior Curator of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art at Williams College Museum of Art, illustrates how Cassatt turned the preoccupations of the typical American tourist—going to museums and buying clothes—into remarkable paintings.

This talk is jointly presented by the IMA Alliance and the IMA Fashion Art Society.

FREE for Fashion Arts Society members

Thursday, April 21 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Private Exhibition Preview: “Material World”

From court dress to couture, the objects in Material World will feature extravagant ornamentation of textiles and personal adornment from cultures around the world while highlighting the significance of textiles in displaying wealth, status and power. The exhibition will showcase items adorned with luxurious materials including gold and metallic threads, beads, shells, mirrors, semi-precious stones, bones, fur and feathers, ranging from a Buddhist bone apron to Dior and Chanel couture pieces, spanning several centuries to the present day.

Dates TBD

Trip and exhibition tour: “Balenciaga and Spain”

Balenciaga and Spain examines the profound and enduring influence of Spain on the work of haute couture master Cristóbal Balenciaga. The impact of Spanish culture, history, and traditions is explored through the recurring themes in Balenciaga’s oeuvre and organized in the exhibition in six sections: Spanish Art, Regional Dress, The Spanish Court, Religious Life and Ceremony, the Bullfight, and Dance. Hamish Bowles, the European editor at large for Vogue will serve as guest curator. Objects are drawn from museum and private collections in France, Spain and the United States including the FAMSF collection.

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