September – October 2014
Lecture: Costuming Hollywood in its Golden Age: Fit for a Screen: Guest lecturer and collector John Davey discusses the challenges and requirements inherent in designing clothing for film, using unique examples from his vast collection of Hollywood and couture clothing. Following the lecture enjoy a cocktail reception in Loctite Lobby.
6pm: Costuming Hollywood in its Golden Age, Aetna Theater
7pm: Cocktail reception, Loctite Lobby
Purchase tickets by credit card or check. To pay by credit card call Nick Mandella at 860-838-4021. OR mail your check, payable to Wadsworth Atheneum, to Martha Johnson, 32 Cambridge Crossing, Avon, CT 06001. Please write “C&T 9/18 event” in check memo line. Reserve your spot by Thursday, September 11!
About John Davey
John Davey has been a collector of vintage Hollywood Costumes and 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.
John 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.
This event is sponsored by the Costume & Textile Society.
Gallery Talk: The Intriguing Medium of Rock: Take a closer look at Carl Andre’s Stone Field Sculpture and works by artists of the Hudson River School with Professor Robert Thorson, Department of Geology at the University of Connecticut, and author of Stone by Stone: The Magnificent History in New England’s Stone Walls. Explore the range of artistry found in Hartford’s most famous boulders and the distant grandeur of 19-century landscapes.
Free with admission; meet at the Information Desk by The Museum Shop.
Lecture & Book Signing: Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry & the Art of Film: Robert Sitton, Adjunct Professor of Media and Culture at Marylhurst University, discusses his book, which chronicles the friendships and professional networks developed by pivotal modernist figures Iris Barry and Chick Austin, and the enduring impact such relationships had on their lives and careers. Book signing and cash bar reception to follow.
Enter via Avery Court on Atheneum Square North.
Sponsored by the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund.