Couture and Burlesque Lecture at LACMA

I’m taking a short break from my usual postings on the history of dress to let you know about this upcoming lecture at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art by filmmaker Liz Goldwyn. I’ll be back next week with, I hope, an informative post relating to California’s part in the history of 20th century dress. Now onto the post.

Burlesque, involving the removal of clothing, relies heavily on dress as costume. While this lecture and performance are likely to be more entertaining than academic, its still important for those in the area to attend and support the museums efforts. Money raised by the costume council goes directly to support the Costume collection at LACMA. Do let me know if you attend! I’d love to hear your comments.

From Burlesque to Couture: The Ultimate Show and Tell!
Monday, November 17 | 7:30 pm
Hosted by Liz Goldwyn and introducing Ava Garter
Based on her HBO documentary and book, Pretty Things, author and filmmaker Liz Goldwyn will look into the world of burlesque, where satire meets glamour, providing us with an in-depth look at the women, designers, and costumes of the last generation of American burlesque queens. Following the discussion Liz will introduce one of the rising stars in neo-burlesque, her protégé, Ava Garter, will cap the night off with an exciting performance full of grace and glamour. Liz will be available for a book signing during the cocktail reception following the program.
Bing Theater | Costume Council RSVP to 323-857-6013 or
For all others, tickets required: $25 for Costume Council guests; $35 LACMA members; and $50 general public. Tickets: 323-857-6010.
This event is sponsored by LACMA’s Costume Council

Details on the lecture here

For more on the HBO series, visit the website.

More on Ava Garter here:

Check out the book here: Pretty Things: The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens

Until Next Time,


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