French couturier Christian Dior (1905-1957) was one of the most influential fashion designers of the twentieth century. His 'New Look' debuted in 1947; its feminine silhouette and voluminous fabric yardages quickly seduced post-World War II style setters. Far from the boulevards of Paris, how did the everyday American woman aspire to achieve Dior's 'New Look'?
Kevin Kissell, M.F.A. is a faculty member in CSU's Department of Design and Merchandising, teaching Textile Design, Fashion Illustration, Draping, and the Aesthetics of Apparel. In Spring 2018, his draping students created apparel inspired by the design legacy of Christian Dior's 'New Look' of 1947. To complement our current exhibit Dior's 'New Look' in the Everyday American Closet, Mr. Kissell and one of the draping students join us to talk about the importance of Dior's heritage for today's apparel design majors, and to demonstrate the art and science of draping. A great opportunity to appreciate why Christian Dior's 'New Look' was such a fashion design game-changer in 1947, and how it continues to influence fashion today.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Avenir Museum, Classroom 157, 216 East Lake Street, UCA-East building - Campus Map
Cost: FREE and open to the public
The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising is our flagship location, featuring exhibitions from our extensive collection of textile and historic costume artifacts.