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by Tony Frankel on August 18, 2020

in Art and Museums,Theater-Los Angeles


 A Virtual Illustrated Presentation with

Sunday, August 23, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM PDT / 6:00 PM EDT
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Presented by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles

Harlem during the Jazz Age was renowned for the style of its denizens. The twenties was a time of radical transformation for clothing, and Harlem was at the cutting edge of new trends, influencing mainstream fashion and culture in unprecedented ways. This conversation will examine what people wore during the Harlem Renaissance and beyond, from flapper dresses to Zoot suits. The style of fashionable Harlemites has had a lasting influence on fashion and is still felt today.

For this program on both men’s and women’s vintage fashion, the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles travels to New York City’s Harlem of the 1920s and 30s, during the intellectual, social and artistic explosion that erupted in the Black cultural mecca. While Harlem Renaissance figures such as Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes and Louis Armstrong are still well known cultural figures today, many of the enterprising women who used their expert sewing skills to launch successful fashion design businesses during this influential period are not as widely known. Rediscover them in this illustrated presentation with two cultural and fashion historians. And don’t worry, for those interested in mid-century fashion, there will be something for you too!

Camara Holloway is an art historian who earned her PhD from Yale University. She serves as the Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH) and has previously taught at University of Southern California and University of Delaware. She is the curator of Portraiture and the Harlem Renaissance: The Photographs of James L. Allen (1999).
Elizabeth Way is Assistant Curator of Costume at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She curated the exhibitions, Global Fashion Capitals (2015), Black Fashion Designers (2016), Fabric In Fashion (2018), and the upcoming exhibition, Head to Toe (2020). Her personal research focuses on the intersection of African American culture and fashion.
$10 ADSLA Members
$14 General Admission

Buy one ticket per device that you wish to stream the program on. If your household wishes to further support the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, please feel free to purchase additional tickets.

Non-members will need to set up a FREE log-in on Agile Ticketing when the ticket is purchased. The program will be live-streamed on the Agile secure platform.

At this time, the program will not be available for replay at a later date. If that changes, the Art Deco Society will be sure to let us know.

If you are not a member, the ticket platform, Agile Ticketing, will ask you to create a free log-in. You will actually stream the lecture through Agile’s secure platform. On the day of the show, you will simply click the streaming button to view the program. Members will use their existing log-in to purchase tickets or to log-in for the program.
Coming up next:
Sunday, August 30th at 3:00 PM PDT
Virtual Tour of a Private Art Deco Collection!

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