It's been a busy month! As we noted earlier this week on our Facebook page, curators Kevin Jones and Christina Johnson, and registrar Meghan Hansen are currently participating in the Costume Society of America 39th Annual Meeting & National Symposium in Las Vegas, NV. Held every year in late May, this annual symposium is packed with fascinating research presentations. It's also a great opportunity to connect with other people working in the field. If you're on Twitter, you can follow the action by using the hashtag #CSA2013.
On Thursday, May 30, Meghan will present Beyond the Black Cape: Dress in Bram Stoker's Dracula. In this paper, Meghan uses Dracula to explore Victorian anxieties regarding class and etiquette, with special emphasis on the importance of fashionable dress in delineating these categories. You can read an excerpt from an earlier version of Meghan's research here.
Christina will participate in the Scholar's Roundtable on Saturday, June 1. Roundtable participants are selected based on their contributions to dress scholarship, and serve a two-year term. During the annual symposium, members of the roundtable present research highlights, and discuss issues related to furthering the field of dress studies.
In June, you'll have two opportunities to explore fashion history with FIDM Museum staff. On June 8 at 2 pm, curator Kevin Jones will speak at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Resplendent Dress from Southeastern Europe, Kevin's lecture will explore how fringe has been used in both modern and historic dress. More information on this event here.
We're all looking forward to Fashion in the Age of Louis XV on Saturday, June 15. This lecture and demonstration by historian Maxwell Barr will offer an unusual peek inside the wardrobe of an 18th century Parisian woman. Using a live model and historically accurate examples of period clothing, Barr will explore morning, midday, afternoon, and evening dress in the age of Louis XV.
Tickets for this event are $35 per person or $20 for students with ID. Purchase tickets via the FIDM Museum Shop. Fashion in the Age of Louis XV will be held at the Fullerton College Wilshire Auditorium, 321 E. Chapman Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832.