A Bay Area Fashion Calendar for Spring


The months of March and April yield a vast array of choices for those with an interest in fashions history as well as its future. Six programs (including two symposia) offer topics from clothing astronauts and high-tech fashion, to the historic Haute Couture of Balenciaga and First Ladies fashion, to discussions of “craft” and conservation techniques for costumes and textiles. The next two months have something to offer just about anyone with any kind of interest in fashion, be you professional, professor, student or enthusiast, the upcoming offerings in the San Francisco Bay area are almost overwhelming.

I’m planning on attending many of these events (busy busy!) and will be commenting on them on my twitter page (@FashionHistoria). I’d like to encourage you to join the conversations that these events are likely to stir up (either in the comments section here, or via Twitter):

  • March 9, 2011.  7–9 pm: Dr. Jisoo Ha on High-tech Fashion, California College of Art‘s, Design and Craft Lecture Series.

The Oakland, CA based college will play host to Dr. Ha who will discuss “musical jackets to clothes that serve medical purposes.” Ha has a BFA from Parsons the New School for Design, and both an MA and PhD from Seoul National University. She taught for a year at Parsons and lectured internationally. “Since 2005 she has been developing and designing fashionable high-tech products.”

  • March 12, 2011. 4pm: Why Style Matters: First Ladies and their Impact on American Fashion Koret Auditorium, De Young Museum.

A book signing (starts at 2) and lecture by Kate Betts, author of Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style. “This talk will look at how first ladies—from Dolley Madison to Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama—have affected American style and changed the way women in this country dress for work, for the public spotlight, and for themselves.”

  • March 14, 2011.  7:30-9 pm: Fashioning Apollo – Spacesuits, Cities, and How to Dress Tomorrow, Nicholas de Monchaux, Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, UC Berkeley.

Ostensibly a lecture on the history of the 1969 space suits worn by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (and made by the bra manufacturer, Playtex) this presentation will touch on ” eighteenth-century androids, Christian Dior’s New Look, Atlas missiles, cybernetics and cyborgs, latex, JFK’s carefully cultivated image, the CBS lunar broadcast soundstage, NASA’s Mission Control, and the applications of Apollo-style engineering to city planning.”

  • March 26, 2011. 1pm: Balenciaga and Spain Symposium, Koret Auditorium, De Young Museum.

Words often fail me when I’m excited, and such is the case with this exhibit and symposium. The exhibition itself will be larger than the one recently on display at the Queen Sophia Institute (and I have heard it said that some New Yorkers are actually jealous of the San Francisco version. Speakers at they symposium include Vogue Editor-at-Large (and co-curator) Hamish Bowles, along with experts Miren Arzalluz, Pamela Golbin (chief curator of the Musée de la Mode et du Textile at the Louvre in Paris) and Lourdes Font (associate professor in the department of History of Art and in the M.A. program for Fashion and Textile Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology). Buy your ticket NOW (they went on sale yesterday).

I’ll unfortunately be out of town during this symposium, but I’d LOVE to hear from people who do attend. It seems to be to be an interesting (and timely) series of discussions. Mixing historical perspectives and future predictions, “Craft Forward examines the multifaceted practices that both distinguish and blur the historically charged boundaries between craft, art, design, architecture and writing. The symposium brings together a diverse group of makers and thinkers to explore the ethos of craft and its resurgence in the 21st century.”

Organized by Inez Brooks-Myers, Curator of Costume and Textiles at the Oakland Museum of California, this program will feature speaker Denise Migdail, the textile conservator at the Asian Art Museum. According to Brooks-Myers, Midgail will share “up-dated practices in her field of conservation” and both will “answer questions from the audience and discuss the best ways to care and store your costumes and textiles.” Free with paid admission to the museum, the program is being held in conjunction with the exhibition “Splendors of Faith/Scars of Conquest, The Arts of the Missions of Northern New Spain: 1600-1821.” For questions, please contact Inez Brooks-Myers at 510-238-3509 or via email.

*Image via by Marijn de Vries Hoogerwerff (Creative Commons reuse)

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  • Gaziantep Perde March 02, 2011 01.20 pm

    This information is very useful so thank you 🙂


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