Lecture: Natacha Rambova Design


I am thrilled to say that I’ve been invited to give a lecture on the design career of Natacha Rambova on October 7 at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, in Salt Lake City.

Natacha Rambova: A Career in Design

Natacha Rambova changed careers nearly as often as she changed her name. Her work in ballet performance and design, early Hollywood film costume and art direction, as well as her brief fashion design career in New York were innovative for their day. A Salt Lake City native, this interesting and creative character eventually became an Egyptologist – donating much of her antique Egyptian artifacts collection to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. This lecture will focus on her career in design and the arts, as well as her connection to Salt Lake City.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The program will be of particular interest to educators.

Thu Oct 7 1:30pm – 2:30pm Mountain Time

Utah Museum of Fine Art, Dumke Auditorium (map),

Two Rambova fashion designs via the Arizona Costume Institute, photo of Rambova via Corbis.

Speaking in public is always something of a nerve-wracking experience. At the same time, when it’s a topic I love, I always end up embracing the challenge of it. It’s been a few years since I’ve spoken on Natacha Rambova’s design career, but I have been actively involved in this topic since 2004. I guest co-curated an exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum, Personality and Style: The Fashion Career of Natacha Rambova and have  published in several academic journals (see note below). I’m also currently in the process of researching and writing a book, under consideration for the Costume Society of America Series by Texas Tech University Press, tentatively titled Of Her Own Design: Natacha Rambova’s Film Costume & Fashion Design (More info at www.fashionhistorian.net). My trip to Salt Lake City is really for the purpose of executing some research in a number of collections related to Rambova, her family and her designs. The lecture is in connection with some research I am doing at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. The lecture is free to the public, and WT readers are welcome to attend.

Natacha Rambova and Theodore Kosloff in her Ballet costumes, via Artsmeme.

A brief clip from Camille (1921), whose Art Direction was handled by Natacha Rambova

Note: Journal publications include:

Natacha Rambova, Fashion Designer (1928 – 1931).” Dress: Annual Journal of The Costume Society of America, Vol. 33: 2006 (released in May 2008).

Natacha Rambova Fashion Designs.” Costume Australia. A publication of the Museums Australia Costume Special Interest Group. Fall 2008.

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  • Heidi Aphrodite September 22, 2010 04.30 pm

    A. I didn’t know Rambova was Utah native!
    B. I wonder if I can get that afternoon off for the lecture–I’ve always loved her costumes (my ignorance about her personal life embarrasses me) and would love to get more insight!
    C. I didn’t know YOU were based in Utah, either!

    I’ve learned so much today. 🙂

  • Heather September 22, 2010 06.30 pm


    Thanks so much for your comment and for reading Worn Through. I do hope you’ll be able to make it to the lecture. I also wanted to correct any misconception about where I’m based. As I mentioned in the post, I’ll be traveling to Salt Lake City to do some research as well as to give this lecture. I am based in California. Thanks again and hope to see you in Utah!

  • HeidiAphrodite October 13, 2010 10.04 am

    I must not have read closely enough…I was so excited to find out that there’s a Rambova collection in Utah. 🙂

    I’m also sad I missed it; work was busy enough that I didn’t dare take the time off. However, I plan on hitting up the exhibit the next time I’m in Salt Lake. I hope you enjoyed your stay!

  • Heather October 13, 2010 10.57 am

    Heidi – so sorry you missed the lecture. You’ll likely enjoy the Arts of Africa exhibition currently on view at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts as it contains pieces donated by Natacha Rambova. There is not, however, an exhibition of her fashion or theatrical design on view. Sorry to disappoint!



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