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Lecture: "American Masters in Balenciaga's Era"

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“I have never known a really chic woman whose appearance was not, in large part, an outward reflection of her inner self.”  –Mainbocher

The couturier Mainbocher’s comment applies, in large part, to the development of American fashion from the thirties to the sixties. In conjunction with the exhibition Balenciaga and Spain, LACMA curator Kaye Spilker looks at the various aesthetic influences, historical events, and cultural forces that shaped a singular American style—founded upon, but diverging from, the authority and prestige of French haute couture—and emulating the independent character of the American woman. 

Image: Charles James (England, active United States, 1906–1978)
Evening Gown, 1951, Silk chiffon, silk satin, nylon chiffon
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Mrs. Morton Lee
© 2010, Museum Associates, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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Free to Textile Arts Council members, $5 for FAMSF members and students, $10 for non-members. Tickets available at the door.

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Trish Daly