When James T. Spencer, director of the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble (SUBE), turned to accept the applause at the 2018 Great American Brass Band Festival (GABBF) in Danville, Kentucky, he joked to himself, “Now what do we do for an…
Costume, Fashion and Fabric: American Associated Artists
Join Jeffrey Mayer for a thrilling discussion focusing on the costumes and textiles featured in the current exhibition “Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists,” on display through March 19 in the galleries! The lecture, free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in the SUArt Galleries, Shaffer Art Building. Mayer is associate professor and program coordinator of fashion design in the School of Design, Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts, and curator of the Syracuse University Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection.
Post World War II fashion, with a new silhouette and a new appreciation for the designer as an artist, created the perfect opportunity for Associated American Artist to team with textile manufacturers to produce art based fabric prints.
Creating series of textiles for both home decoration and clothing use, these prints were marketed as being created by ‘fine artists.’ The collaboration with textile manufacturers would only last for a very few years before AAA designed print fabrics would cease to exist. This lecture will include additional textile print examples from the Genet Costume Collection which document how the trend became popular and what contributed to its demise.
Contact: Emily Dittman