Bard Graduate Center Logo Tour: French Fashion

Join curators Maude Bass-Krueger (BGC PhD 2016) and Sophie Kurkdjian for a tour of the exhibition French Fashion, Women, and the First World War

This exhibition represents an unprecedented examination of the dynamic relationship between fashion, war, and gender politics in France during World War I. Garments by Coco Chanel and Jeanne Lanvin, two of many French women leading fashion houses during World War I, will be displayed in the United States for the first time. The clothing and ephemera on view reveal wartime as a transitional period for fashion and women’s emancipation. Skirt suits, nurses’ and ambulance attendants’ uniforms, mourning dresses and muffs, chic “military style” hats, and clothing worn by remplaçantes, women who took on a variety of jobs previously occupied by men, demonstrate how French women of all social classes dressed themselves and why. This discussion is framed by a larger examination of French fashion industry and the marketing and propaganda efforts undertaken by the French government, press, and designers to keep the fashion industry alive during the war.

Thursday, September 5, 12:15–1:15 pm
18 West 86th Street, Lobby