January is a busy month for exhibitions, events, and symposia for fashion studies.
First, the Southeastern Region of Costume Society of America (CSA) is holding its annual symposium from January 9 through 11. The symposium will be hosted by the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts and is focusing on Fashion & Film. This is no doubt due to the Hollywood Costume exhibition (which I have mentioned in my past two columns) is on display at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts through February. Worn Through intern Jon Frederick will be speaking at the symposium about the Ballet Russes and their influence on modern fashion in the early 20th century. This is definitely one of those occasions where I wish I had a limitless travel budget…
The Western Region of CSA will have an event the same weekend. On January 11, the Western Region will have a personal tour of the de Young Museum’s “The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950 – 1990” exhibition, as well as a curator-led tour of their current lace exhibition, curated by Kristen Stewart. Registration closes on January 3, and spaces are limited. I will not be able to make the event, but will be visiting the exhibitions, so look for a review in my next column!
There are also a couple of exhibitions that are closing here in Northern California in January and early February. In Berkeley, the Lacis Museum’s “Early Italian Needlework“ exhibition (from which the image above was taken), will close on February 8 — again, look for a review in my first column of February. In San Jose, the San Jose Museum of Quits and Textiles has four exhibitions closing on January 19: Fiberart International, Translucence: Cathy Breslaw, Art Cloth Network: Interpretations, and Quilt Detective: Fake, Fraud or Finished? These four wonderful small exhibitions will be coming down to make way for the SJMQT’s next big exhibition, Metamorphosis: Clothing and Identity, which will open January 29, and which I’m hoping to assist in mounting.
If there is anything happening in your area that you would like to inform Worn Through readers of, don’t hesitate to email me, or leave a link in the comments!