Lecture: Costuming Hollywood in its Golden Age: Fit for a Screen: The Costume & Textile Society invites you into the world of Hollywood costume design with guest lecturer and collector John Davey. Davey will discuss the specific challenges and requirements inherent in designing clothing for film, using unique examples from his vast collection of Hollywood and couture clothing.
6 pm: Costuming Hollywood in its Golden Age in Aetna Theater
7 pm: Cocktail party in Loctite Lobby
Tickets required: $30; $25 Costume & Textile Society members
Purchase tickets by calling 860-838-4021 OR at the door. Cash or check ONLY.
About John Davey
John Davey has been a collector of vintage Hollywood Costumes, Vintage Fashion and Haute Couture for the past 15 years. Starting in 1999 with his first purchase of an unknown Lana Turner negligee and an unknown Sophia Loren knit dress which he managed to identify, he is fast becoming one of the leading experts in this genre. His interest in Hollywood costume history led him to an interest in fashion and textile history and preservation. He presently owns and curates over 500 vintage Hollywood film costumes and celebrity apparel and over 800 pieces of haute couture and finer vintage ready to wear. He has exhibited parts of his collection in numerous private functions as well as lecturing for the Boston Fashion Council and the Initiatives in Art & Culture Conference in New York City. Most recently, he has exhibited his costumes at the Katharine Hepburn Museum in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, the Hollywood Museum in the retrospective Loretta Young: Hollywood Legend, and is part of the upcoming Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in September 2014.
Davey is the Library Manager at the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP in New York City and moonlights also as a classical opera singer and antique appraiser.
Sunday, Sept. 14, 1pm | Double Screening: Now, Voyager & Sorry, Wrong Number
Costuming Hollywood in its Golden Age: Fit for a Screen is presented by the Costume & Textile Society of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.