Ballerina: Fashion's Modern Muse Symposium

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Ballerina: Fashion's Modern Muse Symposium
Contributor Names
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.). Museum
Lehmann, Caitlyn
Pritchard, Jane
Lobenthal, Joel
Jacobs, Laura
Garafola, Lynn
Mears, Patricia
Harden, Rosemary
Tallchief, Russ
Howard, Theresa Ruth
Ballerina: Fashion's Modern Muse was The Museum at FIT's 23rd academic symposium. The one-day event explored the ways in which twentieth-century ballerinas and their glamorous, romantic costumes profoundly inspired modern fashion.
Patricia Mears is deputy director of The Museum at FIT. She has curated numerous exhibitions and written the accompanying texts, the most recent being Ballerina: Fashion's Modern Muse.
Laura Jacobs is editor of the Arts Intel Report for the online weekly newsletter Air Mail. A fashion critic for The Wall Street Journal and the dance critic for The New Criterion, Jacobs's most recent book is Celestial Bodies: How to Look at the Ballet.
Caitlyn Lehmann is a cultural historian specializing in ballet and eighteenth-century studies. She is affiliated with the University of Melbourne, writes regularly for The Australian Ballet, and is a dance critic for the U.K.'s Dancing Times.
Jane Pritchard, MBE, is the curator of dance at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She is also a dance historian, lecturer, archivist, and radio commentator who curated and edited the exhibition and book Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929.
Lynn Garafola is professor emerita of dance at Barnard College, Columbia University. A dance historian who has written extensively on twentiethcentury dance, especially ballet, she is completing a biography of the choreographer Bronislava Nijinska.
Rosemary Harden is manager of the Fashion Museum, Bath, England, and is the author of Fashion Museum: Treasures.
Russ Tallchief administers the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion at Oklahoma City University. A playwright, author, dancer, and member of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma, Tallchief has taught classes on leadership, literature, writing, and public speaking at colleges and universities throughout Oklahoma.
Joel Lobenthal is a dance critic and historian who has also written extensively on fashion. He is the author of six books, most recently Red Star, White Nights: The Life and Death of Yuri Soloviev.
Theresa Ruth Howard danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem and was a founding member of Armitage Gone! Dance. Founder and curator of Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet, a website documenting nearly 500 dancers of color, Howard has become an internationally recognized teacher, lecturer, and consultant.
Moving Image
Dance costume
Fashion design
Costume design
Museum exhibits
Dance and Fashion
Taglioni, Marie, 1804-1884
Eighteen thirties
Eighteen forties
Nineteenth century
New York City Ballet
Le Clercq, Tanaquil
Pavlova, Anna, 1881-1931
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.). Museum
Fonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991
Nineteen thirties
Nineteen forties
Nineteen fifties
Nineteen sixties
Tallchief, Maria
Tallchief, Marjorie
Indians of North America
Larkin, Moscelyne
Hightower, Rosella
Chouteau, Yvonne
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
Four moons (Choreographic work : Hightower, Jasinski, Skibine and Terekhov)
Balanchine, George
African American dancers
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Fashion Institute of Technology. (2020, March 6). Ballerina: Fashion's Modern Muse Symposium [Video]. Archive on Demand.
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