Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fashion in the Middle Ages 5/20 - 9/4

Lolitas are in general fascinated by fashion. That's a given. But while the majority of the community is enamored by Rococo periods, there's no harm in studying further into the past.

Starting on May 20, the Morgan Library and Museum presents "Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands." The exhibit covers over 200 years of fashion before the French Renaissance, and features full-size replicas of clothing illustrated in the manuscripts.

The exhibit aims at those interested in the fashion aspect of medival dress -- how it was worn, by whom, what was used for everyday, what was worn for special occasions, etc.

The Morgan has a whole line up of events in honor of the exhibit.

  • The Morgan's Spring Family Fair
. Sing and dance like the French and English did 500 years ago. Workshops include making your own chaperons and hats, fabric dying using traditional methods, and even try on costumes inspired by the exhibit's own manuscripts. Or if you prefer, come in your own costume.
    Saturday, May 21, 2-5PM
  • Becket (1964). Watch the famous friendship of King Henry II and Thomas Becket on screen.
    Friday, June 10, 7PM
  • From the Set to the Runway. Deborah Nadoolman Landis and Valerie Steele discuss the difference between costume and fashion. Very good opportunity to those to who want to learn the best way to explain Lolita fashion to others.
    Wednesday, June 15, 6:30PM
  • Gallery Talk Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands
. Roger S. Wieck, the curator behind the exhibit, takes museum goers through the exhibit.
    Friday, June 24, 7PM
  • Restoration (1995). A biopic on Robert Merivel, King Charles II's favored physician from his journey serving the king to tending the sick during the Great Plague of London.
    Friday, July 8, 7PM
  • The Leopard (1963). Based on the Italian bestseller by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Prince of Salina deals with Italian unification and family issues during the 1860s.
    Friday, July 22, 7PM
Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands
May 20 - September 9, 2011
The Morgan Library and Museum
225 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016

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