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Designing the Modern Woman: Couturières of the Early 20th Century

Spectrum of Fashion Symposium

Presented by April Calahan

At the turn of the 20th century, couturières—designers and sellers of high fashion—were at the forefront of their field, pushing fashion in bold new directions. Join us for an exploration of the work of Jeanne Paquin, Jeanne Lanvin, and Madeleine Vionnet, the Parisian couturières who ushered in a new era of fashion, creating comfortably chic clothing that appealed to the active, modern woman.

April Calahan is a fashion historian, writer, and professional podcaster living and working in New York City. She serves as a Special Collections Associate at the Fashion Institute of Technology Library’s Special Collections and College Archives. Her work as a fashion historian has been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar (UK, India, and Serbia editions), WWD, Architectural Digest, the Business of Fashion, and BITCH magazine. Her speaking engagements include guest lectures at cultural institutions around the world, including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Yale University, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and Parsons School of Design. In addition to authoring/co-authoring three books on the history of fashion, she is also the co-creator/host of Dressed: The History of Fashion, which is produced by iHeart Radio and is a top ranked Beauty and Fashion podcast on iTunes.

This virtual program is free and open to all audiences. Registration is required. After registering for the program, attendees will receive an automated confirmation email with connection instructions.