Please note: This talk has been rescheduled to be presented as a virtual event. The Zoom link will be sent after registration as a separate email on the day of the event.
Join us for this exciting talk with Florence Müller, Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion, as we discuss the themes and stories of the various garments on view in Suited: Empowered Feminine Fashion, now on view in the Martin Building.
Begin by tracing the revolutionary history and significance of the female suit (invented in the late 1800s and early 1900s by designers like Coco Chanel who created versions of the three-piece suit). Then, dive into to the post-WWII era when designers such as André Courrèges and Yves Saint Laurent offered modern and fresh interpretations of the iconic garment.
Finally, take a look at how the feminine suit represented the rising power of women and their changing roles in society during the 1980s. We'll examine suits featuring strong silhouettes, large padded shoulders, and examine the work of designers such as Thierry Mugler, Vivienne Westwood, and Jean Paul Gaultier. We’ll also look at contemporary examples from designers Gabriela Hearst, Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior, and Virginie Viard at Chanel and how they demonstrate the enduring place the female suit holds in women’s wardrobes today.
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