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Behind the Scenes of Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945

FEBRUARY 8, 2 P.M. JOHN E. BUCHANAN JR. MEMORIAL LECTURE

SONNET STANFILL CURATOR, 20TH CENTURY AND CONTEMPORARY FASHION, VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM

Sonnet Stanfill will discuss how she brought together this major exhibition tracing over 70 years of Italian style. Her talk will offer a curator’s-eye view into how the project was transformed from idea to physical reality and will describe the research process, the difficulty of choosing from a host of beautiful objects, and the challenges of displaying fashion in a museum. Along the way, she will highlight the exhibition’s main themes and its star objects.

Members free; non-members $20, seniors and students $17. Advance tickets available online.

This lecture will be held in the Fred and Suzanne Fields Ballroom, located in the Museum’s Mark Building, 1119 SW Park Ave.

The Real Dolce Vita

MARCH 8, 2 P.M.

SHAWN LEVY, AUTHOR AND FORMER OREGONIAN FILM CRITIC

In the decades after World War II, Italy rose from the ruins of war to host a vibrant economy, fill the world with new trends in film and fashion, and stage a mélange of culture, style, sensation, and journalism that provided the template for contemporary popular culture. Portland author and critic Shawn Levy, currently engaged in researching a book on the era, will talk about the remarkable moment when Rome was, once again, the capital of the world and, even more, the pulsing, swank, scandalous, and freewheeling laboratory of modernity.

Members free; non-members $20, seniors and students $17. Advance tickets available online.

Man’s Velvet Evening Suit, Autumn/Winter, 2004/05, Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

 

Italian Style: Jewelry Since 1945

APRIL 19, 2 P.M.

DAVID MARGULIS, JEWELER

How has Italy influenced the world of jewelry since 1945? Join noted Portland-based jeweler David Margulis for an entertaining view of the icons of haute jewelry including Verdura, Buccellati, and Bulgari, among others. See how Italian jewelers led in new directions with a strong sense of design.

Members free; non-members $20, seniors and students $17. Advance tickets available online.

Tom Ford for Gucci, White Silk Viscose Dress with Gold Dragon Brooch, Autumn/Winter 2004/05, Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

 

Codeable Objects: Making New Fashion

MARCH 1, 2 P.M.

JENNIFER JACOBS RESEARCHER, MIT MEDIA LAB

What’s possible when high-tech and high fashion meet? A new generation of fashion is on the horizon as computer programming, coding, and digital making increase the ability for fashion designers to create beautiful, complex forms and patterns. A young MIT researcher, Jacobs will expand your understanding of what it means to design and make clothing, jewelry and textiles in an increasingly digital world.

Members free; non-members $20, seniors and students $17. Advance tickets available online.

 

The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury, and Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat

MARCH 29, 2 P.M.

MEG LUKENS NOONAN, AUTHOR AND JOURNALIST

When Noonan learned of an unthinkably expensive overcoat that a fourth-generation tailor had handcrafted for one of his longtime clients, she set o« on a round-the-world quest to understand its provenance. Traveling from Peru to Sydney to Florence and beyond, she discovered the colorful characters and rich stories behind the coat’s components, and pulled back the curtain on the clubby world of bespoke tailoring and the people who covet it. Part travelogue, part fashion history and part love song to things of lasting value, Noonan’s The Coat Route was named “Best General Nonfiction Book of 2013” by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Noonan, who will reflect on her critically acclaimed book, is a former correspondent for Outside and has written for The New York Times, National Geographic Adventure, and Esquire, among other publications.

Members free; non-members $20, seniors and students $17. Advance tickets available online.