Image credit: Contemporary Muslim Fashions, de Young Museum, September 2018 – January 2019
Textiles Close Up
Contemporary Muslim Fashions
Thursday, June 24th
6:00 PM Eastern / 3:00 PM Pacific
$10 TSA Members / $15 nonmembers. You will receive a Zoom link in your registration confirmation email. To become a TSA member and support programs like this, join here.
A recording will be available to everyone who registers for 7 days after the event for later viewing.
Join curators and former TSA board members Jill D’Alessandro and Laura L. Camerlengo for a virtual travelogue and digital exploration of the critically acclaimed exhibition Contemporary Muslim Fashions. Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 2018, the exhibition is presently on view at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, from June 4th through July 11th, after closure due to COVID-19. Contemporary Muslim Fashions is the first major museum exhibition to explore the complex and diverse nature of Muslim modest fashion, or stylish dress with varying degrees of body cover. D’Alessandro will explore the global reach of this subject matter through her own international travels for the project, while Camerlengo will address the virtual reach of Muslim modest fashions on digital and social media platforms, such as Instagram.
Jill D’Alessandro is the curator in charge of costume and textile arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Since 2002, she has curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions on diverse variety of subjects for the Museums, ranging from ethnographic textile traditions to twentieth-century fashion design. She most recently co-curated the critically acclaimed exhibition, Contemporary Muslim Fashions, as well as co-edited its accompanying catalogue. D’Alessandro has contributed essays to Fiberarts, Hali, and Tribal Arts magazines, as well as catalogues Diane and Sandy Besser: A Gift to the Museums (2007) and Lines on the Horizon: Native American Art from the Weisel Family Collection (2013), and the Routledge compendium, Anthropology and Beauty: From Aesthetics to Creativity (2018). She is the author of Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave (2011), and the co-editor of The Summer of Love: Art, Fashion and Rock & Roll (2017). D’Alessandro holds a master’s degree in textile arts from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. In 1998, she received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in South Korea, where she focused on traditional hand papermaking techniques and their application in contemporary art.
Laura L. Camerlengo is associate curator of costume and textile arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Since 2010, she has curated or co-curated costume and textiles exhibitions for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She most recently co-curated the critically acclaimed exhibition Contemporary Muslim Fashions (2018). She is the author of The Miser’s Purse (2013), contributor to the catalogues Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade (2017) and Contemporary Muslim Fashions (2018), and editor of the forthcoming volume Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love (2021). She holds a master of arts in the history of decorative arts and design from Parsons, the New School of Design/Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York.
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Textiles Close Up is a series of study-workshops launched in 2013 that provides opportunities to examine textiles in leading museum and private collections, guided by renowned experts. As precautions for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic restrict travel and gathering, Textiles Close Up has moved online, to give a new type of access and learning opportunities.
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