Lecture: "Changing Hats: French Millinery in Degas, Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade," by Laura Camerlengo
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Michniewicz-Tuvée (designer), French, circa 1868–circa 1905 Woman's hat, ca. 1892. France, Paris. Rabbit felt; ostrich feathers; silk satin ribbon; faceted jet buckles, 4.4 cm (1 3/4 in.) crown height; 32.4 x 32.1 cm (12 3/4 x 12 5/8 in.); 36.8 cm (14 1/2 in.) circumference. Gift of Mrs. Walter Haas
At their most fundamental, hats cover and protect us, providing shelter from the elements and safety from unwanted advances. But hats also serve as forms of creative and artistic expression, as exemplified by French-made women’s millinery from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As explored in the Museums’ special exhibition, Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, the period from 1875 to 1914 marks the height of the millinery trade in France, and especially in Paris, as reflected in the work of Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917) and the Impressionists as well as in extant hats and bonnets from this period.
Presented as a complement to this exhibition, “Changing Hats: French Millinery in Degas, Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade” will provide a chronology of women’s millinery, by the exploration of the stylistic changes in women’s bonnets and hats during this almost forty year period. Rather than a comprehensive survey, the presentation will focus on the millinery designs featured in the Degas exhibition, with particular emphasis on women’s hats and bonnets from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s costume collection. Further context will be provided by contemporary fashion plates, paintings, portraits, and photographs.
Laura L. Camerlengo is the Assistant Curator of Costume and Textile Arts with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She is the co-presenting curator of Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade at the Legion of Honor through September 2017, as well as a catalogue contributor. She is also the curator of Beyond the Surface: Worldwide Embroidery Traditions at the de Young through January 2018. Laura Camerlengo previously held curatorial positions in the costume and textiles department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. She holds a Master of Arts degree in the History of Decorative Arts and Design from Parsons, the New School for Design/Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Free for current TAC members; $5 for students and FAMSF members; $10 General Admission.
Contact InformationTextile Arts Council
This lecture is organized by the Textile Arts Council.