"Cosmopolitan Arabia: Exploring Cross-Cultural Encounters through Dress and Adornment," by Alex Aubry
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(detail) Courtesy of Marwah Al-Mugait, Avant Garde Arabia Series, 2011
The Eleventh Annual Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Memorial Lecture
Through rare examples of traditional dress and adornment, this lecture will explore centuries of cross-cultural encounters in the Arabian Peninsula. Culled from private collections in Saudi Arabia, they include exceptional examples from the Kingdom’s coastal region of Hijaz, home to historically cosmopolitan urban centers such as Mecca, Medina and the port city of Jeddah.
Alex Aubry is the Director of the Fashion Resource Center at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Editor-at-Large for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. From 2013–2016 he served as the Curatorial Director of the Art of Heritage Collection of Saudi Material Culture, and has contributed to two books on museum development and costume collecting in the Arabian Gulf region. He is a contributor to the Museums’ forthcoming publication for the special exhibition Contemporary Muslim Fashion.
Free admission; no museum admission required.
Contact InformationLaura Camerlengo, Assistant Curator of Costume and Textile Arts