Tuesday, August 20
American Decorative Arts Forum (www.adafca.org)
de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park
In this illustrated presentation, Jeannine Falino, adjunct curator for the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, will offer stellar examples of New York’s fashion and design culture from between 1880 and 1914. When families such as the Belmonts, Carnegies and Vanderbilts amassed vast, new industrial wealth in the decades following the Civil War, they conspicuously consumed jewelry, fashion, interior décor, furnishings and decorative arts. Ms Falino provides an early preview of lavish objects from “Gilded Age New York,”. The lecture includes exceptional examples of presentation silver by Tiffany & Company; ball gowns by Charles Frederick Worth, the premier couturier of the era; as well as jewelry by Tiffany, Cartier, Marcus & Company, and Black, Starr & Frost. Ms Falino will also examine the institutions that created and disseminated those beautiful objects. A plethora of social events provided a platform for New Yorkers, including Ward McAllister’s legendary 400 members of “Fashionable Society,” to display their newfound — as well as established “Knickerbocracy” — wealth and social status.
7:15pm mini-exhibit – Forum members will share couture, jewelry and silver that reflect Victorian finery.
8:00pm lecture – Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
Entry is at Level B1 of the garage; pedestrians enter from the concourse side of Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive and down the steps across the street from the museum’s main entrance.
Free to ADAF members
$10 to SFDC Members
$15 to the general public