The virtual event, chaired by LMMM Trustee Gail Candlin, will feature a talk titled, Daring and Provocative: Art, Fashion & American Glamour in the 1930s by Prof. Justine De Young and include a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Museum’s cultural and educational programs.
Prof. De Young’s talk will explore the many vibrant connections between art, fashion, and American glamour in the 1930s. It will showcase Elsa Schiaparelli’s daring designs of the thirties and her creative and shocking collaborations with Surrealist artists like Salvador Dalí. Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, was perhaps Schiaparelli’s most important client and purchased many items from her Summer 1937 collection for her marriage trousseau, making a sensation when photographed by Cecil Beaton for the pages of American Vogue. Schiaparelli also designed for Hollywood and, to conclude the talk, Prof. De Young will consider how Hollywood film stars like Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, and Clark Gable influenced fashion and American life.
Chair of the History of Art department, Dr. De Young specializes in the intersection of art and fashion, teaching courses on modern art and fashion history. Her research and writing interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and literature, visual and material culture, modernism and fashion. She is the editor of Fashion in European Art: Dress and Identity, Politics and the Body, 1775-1925 (I.B. Tauris, 2017) and of the “Fashion History Timeline“. Her work has been generously supported by grants and fellowships from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Getty, Kress and Mellon Foundations.
Before coming to FIT, Dr. De Young previously taught art and fashion history at Harvard University, Wellesley College, Lesley University and Northwestern University. She has published many essays, notably contributing to the exhibition catalogs for “Impressionism, Fashion & Modernity” (2012-13) and “James Tissot: Fashion & Faith” (2019-2020). She lectures widely and has held fellowships at the Met’s Costume Institute, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art. She is currently completing a book on discourses surrounding fashion and feminine types in works exhibited at the Paris Salon (1864-1884).