Dressed in Diamonds: "American Princesses" and Gilded Age Fashion Thursday, October 4, 7:30 pm at Pasadena Museum of History
The time-period between the end of the Civil War in 1865 and the beginning of World War I in 1914 is known as “The Gilded Age,” a term popularized by Mark Twain. Twain’s visionary insight revealed that America’s desire for all things modern and industrial was at odds with its non-democratic nostalgia for class hierarchy and aristocratic bearing. The veneer that separated Yankee worker from European gentleman was thin, and the Industrial Revolution’s greatest asset—money—helped to gild American and re-gild European societies. For the most part, this highly reflective gloss was applied with layers of elaborate dresses and overlapping jewels worn by the "Dollar Princess" daughters of these "Robber Barons." In a powerpoint presentation Kevin Jones, curator of the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, will discuss five of these women: Jennie Jerome, Consuelo Yznaga, Consuelo Vanderbilt, Helena Zimmerman, and May Goelet. Doors open at 6:30 pm for viewing of the Museum's exhibition galleries and a complimentary wine and cheese reception.
Textile Arts Members $5; Members $10; Non-Members $15. Reservations suggested; please call626.577.1660, ext. 10
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