‘American Masters in Balenciaga’s Era’ by Textile Arts Council


At 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, The Textile Arts Council presents: “American Masters in Balenciaga’s Era” in conjunction with the exhibition Balenciaga and Spain, LACMA curator of costumes and textiles Kaye Spilker looks at the evolving careers of American designers from the 1930s to the 1960s. In a field long dominated by the prestige of French haute couture, a distinctive American style began to emerge during this period. Life in thiscountry during and after WWII was vastly different from that in Europe. American women felt the seductive power and glamour of the cinema. They also led an active lifestyle and more and more frequently worked outside the home. Learn how sportswear became a defining element of the American look and which designers led the way. Ms. Spilker joined the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1987 and has curated numerous exhibitions of costumes and textiles, including, with co-curator Sharon Takeda, the recent Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915.

Here are the details one more time:

WHAT? Textile Arts Council presents: “American Masters in Balenciaga’s Era”

WHEN? Saturday, May 21, 10 AM

WHERE? Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive

TICKETS? Free to Textile Arts Council members, $5 for FAMSF members and students, $10 for non-members. Tickets available at the door. For more information visit deyoung.famsf.org.