Spectrum of Fashion Symposium

Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 10:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

To celebrate the “Spectrum of Fashion” exhibition, the Maryland Historical Society is hosting lectures by fashion historians Jonathan Michael Square, PhD, of Harvard University and April Calahan of the Dressed podcast. Afterward, join a conversation about sustainable fashion through a panel discussion moderated by Victoria Pass, PhD, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Additional experiences, including exclusive tours and lunch, available. Cost is $35 for the lectures and panel.

Symposium schedule:

10-11 a.m. Lecture: A Stain on an All-American Brand: How Brooks Brothers Once Clothed Slaves, presented by Jonathan Michael Square

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Lecture: Designing the Modern Woman: Female Couturiers of the Early 20th Century, presented by April Calahan

2-3:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion: What is “fast fashion” and why won’t our clothes today survive like those designed and worn by previous generations? Local fashion leaders will discuss how historical fashion can inform sustainable initiatives today.

Other tours ($10 each):

9-10 a.m. Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Fashion Archives

1-2 p.m. “Spectrum of Fashion” Curator-Led Tour

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