The Moroccan caftan is a practical garment that has evolved over centuries. In the last twenty years it has exploded onto Morocco’s high fashion scene. This colorful exhibition traces how history, geography, craftsmanship, national pride, and tradition have contributed to the caftan’s contemporary allure.
Marcella Wells, Ph,D. presents a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into her vision and development of the current exhibition The Allure of the Moroccan Caftan -- how does one distill centuries of North African textile heritage and cultural apparel evolution, consider the influence of shifting political sands, incorporate twentieth century French couturier Yves St. Laurent, proofread Arabic, hire a blacksmith (literally), climb the Atlas Mountains (figuratively)... all to tell the short story of the Moroccan caftan in 600 feet of exhibition space? In collaboration with Moroccan traveler and caftan collector Mary Biggers, Dr. Wells, integrated her past travels to Morocco and her experience as an exhibit developer to guest curate this exhibition. Join us as Dr. Wells discusses what she learned along the way… and try on a caftan while you're here!
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.