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More Holiday Gift Books: “Debutantes: When Glamour Was Born”

For those who love all things fabulous, there is nothing quite like a debutante ball gown to sweep you off your feet. Debutantes: When Glamour was Born by Diana Oswald (Rizzoli International) offers a decadent peek inside the world of the debutant. Debutantes: When Glamour was Born includes 150 photographs by renowned fashion photographers such […]

CSA tour of “Wear to Party” in Ventura, CA

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend the Costume Society of America program including a tour of “Wear to Party” at the Museum of Ventura County, as well as the tour of Lotusland with a lecture on Ganna Walska (the Polish opera singer) and the costumes designed for her by Erte. I’m […]

Books in Brief: The Mechanical Smile by Caroline Evans

Many of you will know that I’ve been doing a lot of research into the history of fashion in America. Happily, well-known historian Caroline Evans came out with a book this summer that fills a gap in the available research on early fashion shows. Her book, The Mechanical Smile: Modernism and the First Fashion Shows […]

Southeastern European Folk Dress: A CSA Event with Dr. Elizabeth Barber

Earlier this month I had the rare pleasure of taking a Costume Society of America (CSA) Western Region tour of  Resplendent Dress from Southeastern Europe: A History in Layers, the current exhibition on at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, with one of the world’s foremost historians on the earliest known clothing. Dr. Elizabeth Barber is an expert […]

Museum of Performance & Design Rummage Sale January 26

  MUSEUM OF PERFORMANCE + DESIGN First Rummage Sale in 20 years!  Saturday, January 26th Veteran’s Building, Fourth Floor, MPD main gallery - Come see what treasures you could snap up for a great deal. Thousands of theatre, dance, music, opera, musical theatre, and film-related books and memorabilia as well as exhibition materials, office and audio/video […]

Dance Archives Open House (including Costumes!)

Dance Archives Open House Museum of Performance and Design, Saturday, June 30, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm On the occasion of the Dance/USA Conference held this year in San Francisco, Museum of Performance and Design will display, for one day only, a selection of unique documents and costumes from the dance archives. The Museum will […]

Costume sale at the Museum of Performance and Design

Saturday, June 9, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Choose from thousands of opera, theatre, dance, musical theatre and film-related items. These items are duplicate material from our library collection. Pay one admission for each time you pass through the Sale in the Main Gallery and take away as much as you can carry in one […]

Teaser Tuesday: Dancer Sally Rand (1939)

Early Modern Dance in California

Loie Fuller, c1900 Isadora Duncan, n.d.

Performing Paris: The 1920s (A Lecture)

Museum of Performance & Design Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, 7 – 9 PM From the museum’s description: “Les Années Folles — The Crazy Years — was how Parisians themselves described life in their city during the Jazz Era. Everyone came to Paris, where everything was happening. Bursting with creativity and joie de vivre, Paris of […]