Friday, September 12, 2014

Ned Lazaro Lecture

Join us on Monday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Wistariahurst Museum as our historical lecture series continues. Ned Lazaro of Historic Deerfield will present a unique and fashionable topic involving silk dresses. His lecture will explore the ownership and survival of three elaborate brocaded silk gowns worn by women in the Connecticut River Valley. Woven on a draw loom, patterned silks like brocades took weeks or months to make, and were extremely costly. Gowns made from these imported fabrics were owned by a select few in the American colonies. A significant investment, these garments continued to be worn and altered as fashions changed, enriching their stories even further for 21st-century fashion scholars and enthusiasts.

Ned Lazaro is the Associate Curator of Textiles and Collections Manager at Historic Deerfield. He holds a masters degree in Fashion and Textile History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has lectured and published on a variety of topics in18th, 19th, and 20th-century fashion.

Tickets are $7 general / $5 members and are available at the door. For more information call 413-322-5660.

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