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Speaker Series: India in Fashion with Caroline Rennolds Milbank

May 23, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In conjunction with Rizzoli’s recent release, India in Fashion—a stunning survey and visual feast of a book on which she was a collaborator and contributor—the fashion historian Caroline Rennolds Milbank will join us for a special discussion on the aesthetic and cultural history of one of the country’s most recognizable symbols: the sari.

As a longstanding, independent, and authoritative expert based in Charleston and New York, Caroline will walk us through a special slideshow presentation, “The Sari of India: How it has Inspired High Fashion in Paris and the United States.”

Don’t miss what is guaranteed to be an evening of inspiration and learning.

Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for guests.

To purchase tickets, click here or call 843-579-9922 from 10AM–4PM, Monday thru Friday.

About the Author:

Caroline Rennolds Milbank has written extensively on fashion history in her books Fashion: A Timeline in Photographs 1850-TODAY,  Resort Fashion, 2015, Rizzoli;  The Couture Accessory, 2002, and New York Fashion: The Evolution of American Style, 1989, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. and Couture: The Great Designers, 1985, Stewart, Tabori & Chang.  She has contributed essays to museum catalogues and books including: India in Fashion: The Impact of Indian Dress and Textiles on the Fashionable Imagination, Hamish Bowles, editor, Rizzoli; Suzie Zuzek for Lilly Pulitzer, Cooper Hewitt, Rizzoli, 2020, Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip, Museum of the City of New York, 2018; Poiret, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007, Chanel The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Press, 2005, Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005; Over the Top: Helena Rubinstein: Extraordinary Style: Beauty, Art, Fashion and Design, Pointed Leaf Press, 2003; Giorgio Armani, Guggenheim Museum, 2000; Icons of Fashion. The 20th Century, Prestel, 1999;  Our Town: Images and Stories from the Museum of the City of New York, 1997; The Encyclopedia of New York City 1995.

Milbank has lectured most at the Society Library, New York City, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth; the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Lyndhurst Mansion, Tarrytown and Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York. Topics include: Charles Frederick Worth; The Origins of American Fashion; The Jazz Age; From Winterhalter to Worth: Fashion and Art; The Clients of Balenciaga, Resort Fashion and A Grand Tour of the 1880s.

Milbank co-curated the exhibition The Couture Accessory at the Fashion Institute of Technology, 2004, and also curated the costume components of the exhibitions: Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures: American Orientalism, 1870-1930, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 2000; John Singer Sargent: Portraits of the Wertheimer Family, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 2000; Art and the Empire City: New York  1825-1861, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000; Elegance, Glamour and Style: Fashion and its Photography, The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1998.


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