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Posted in Decorative Arts, Utilitarian Objects & Interior Des, Humanities & Social Sciences, Travel Awards, tagged chantilly france, chantilly lace, costumes, fashion, history, lace on June 17, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Lisa Hartley, Columbus College of Art Design
The small town of Chantilly, France, is home to Chantilly Castle, an architectural wonder of sandstone, antiquated fountains, and enchanting gardens. Here is where lace, my research niche and mild obsession, takes center stage. The traditions and skills used in lacemaking date back to early as the 16th century Europe where the nobility commissioned workers to create dresses, parasols, shawls and gloves in beautiful openwork fabric. Coco Chanel once said, “Lace is one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature,” and we have Chantilly to applaud for its origins.
Posted in Decorative Arts, Utilitarian Objects & Interior Des, Humanities & Social Sciences, tagged 1920s, fashion, flappers, great gatsby, jazz age, roaring twenties on May 13, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
“I noticed that she wore her evening dress, all her dresses, like sports clothes—there was a jauntiness about her movements as if she had first learned to walk upon a golf course on clean, crisp, mornings.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
The recent movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby has turned the spotlight on the fashion and styles of the Roaring Twenties. So what made the twenties roar?
The economic boom was decisive. Soldiers came home from World War I to jobs in manufacturing plants ready to turn from war production to consumer goods; with the flourishing economy, many commodities became affordable for the first time. Another key engine for progress was the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. It was signed into law in 1920, heralding unprecedented liberation. The twenties were also a pivotal time for mass communication: radio, cinema, and the automobile sped up the distribution of information—and trends.
Posted in Decorative Arts, Utilitarian Objects & Interior Des, Humanities & Social Sciences, Teaching with ARTstor, tagged costumes, fashion, hats, millinery, top hat on November 20, 2012 | 4 Comments »
By Rachel Pollock, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
ARTstor helps me surmount a primary difficulty in teaching historical hat-making to my graduate students in theatrical costume production: diverse visual examples of our topics.
In millinery class, we consider not only styles and materials from which hats are made, but also their history—the provenance and significance of a given style, and depictions of it in art and advertising of the period. We analyze its cultural place of origin, and discuss ways in which its meaning might be explored or subverted in the context of stage performance and costume. I am fortunate to have access to theatrical costume storage and my university’s modest archive of antique clothing artifacts for practical tangible examples, but the bounds of those collections are finite. (more…)
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