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Event Details

Tue, November 10, 2020

15:30 – 17:00

ZOOM Webinar
Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Florence, Italy

Webinar/Live Zoom Session with active student participation.

November 10 at 3:30 – 5:00 pm (Florence) / 9:30-11:00 am (US EST)

Paris based Callot Soeurs was one of the first fashion houses to introduce the examination of Eastern dress, the softness, raised waist, and lower bust stance suggesting ukiyo-e prints and other Japanese styles.

Painters such as Giovanni Boldini  captured the innovative taste of the Callot Soeurs in his famous portraits of women.

Originally conceived as an NYU Florence class, this event has been expanded into a webinar in order to share the treasures of the Acton Collection with a wider audience.  Villa La Pietra’s collection manager and textile conservator will present the extraordinary Callot Soeurs Costume Collection preserved in storage in a conversation about fashion and cosmopolitan taste, including technical notes on textile materials and preservation.  Students, along with their professor, will contribute to the webinar with observations and questions. 


Speakers: Patricia Lurati,  NYU Florence Lecturer in History of Italian Fashion; Francesca Baldry, Collection Manager NYU Florence; Claudia Beyer, Textile Conservator, Restauro Tessile di Beyer e Perrone; Virginia Hill, Dress Historian, Curator and Senior Lecturer, Istituto Marangoni, Milano; Perri Klass and Larry Wolff, Co-Directors NYU Florence.

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