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I’m a huge fan of the Wellington Historical Costume Society. Those of you who have met the lovely Dreamstress at PPP parties will understand why. Leimomi is seriously awesome. So, it’s pretty safe to say that I am rather excited about an upcoming charity event which she’s hosting.
From the Streets of Pompeii to the Salons of Paris
Saturday, 19 June 2010 Time: 14:30 – 16:30
Location: St Andrews on the Terrace Description
Please join the Dreamstress and the Wellington Historical Costume Society for a fundraising fashion history extravaganza: From the Streets of Pompeii to the Salons of Paris- The Classical influence on Western Fashion.
Textile and fashion historian Leimomi Oakes will present a entertaining and informative talk on the way Greek and Roman art and fashion have influenced Western fashion from the 18th century to the 20th. The talk will be illustrated by 10 models in historically accurate recreations of period attire – from a 1770s robe a la francaise to a 1920s flapper dress. The talk will be fascinating, and the frocks will be fabulous – it should be an event to remember!
Proceeds to benefit the Wellington Free Ambulance. Tickets are $15 waged, $10 unwaged. Tickets will be available at the door, or can be purchased in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The big question, of course, is what should I wear to it?
One of my favourite things to browse at museums is the historical clothes. One of my favourite museums in the whole world, although I’ve never been there is the Brooklyn Museum, because they are so fantastic with social media (read my notes from Shelley Bernstein’s talk at Webstock this year). And I think we all know how I feel about Polyvore. So imagine how great it would be if you could incorporate historical clothes from a museum into a Polyvore collection. Wait a second, Brooklyn Museum has done just that? OH MY GOD!
I spent a few hours on Polyvore—in awe—realizing the site was a perfect match for our American High Style exhibition, which opens today. I mean, seriously, we’ve got some great stuff in this show…imagine being able to remix dresses by Charles James, Norman Norell, Gilbert Adrian, Charles Frederick Worth, Elsa Schiaparelli, Jeanne Lanvin, Jeanne Paquin, Madeleine Vionnet, and Christian Dior…sounds pretty exciting, right? In typical Brooklyn Museum tech style, we had very little time to put this together, but I figured an e-mail to the folks at Polyvore couldn’t hurt. Turns out, they thought this was a perfect match too and were excited to work with us.
That sound you just heard? My mind being blown. So I got in there and had a play around, and here’s what I would wear.
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