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Themester 2016: Beauty - related events

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Dark Side of Beauty Poster
The Illustrated Woman: 200 Years of Fashion Images

When: August 22 – December 16
Where: The Scholar’s Commons, Herman B Wells Library

The Illustrated Woman: 200 Years of Fashion Images examines the relationship between representations of fashionable clothing and the body inside. Fashion plates, fashion sketches, and fashion illustrations spanning 200 years will demonstrate how these two-dimensional images, created to stimulate fashion awareness and consumption, express shifting standards of beauty and the collective cultural, social, and aesthetic ideals of their time. These serialized, circulated images created a shared visual culture that not only communicated changes in silhouette, fabric, color, and detail, but also encompassed variations in posture, gesture, and facial expression.

Contact:
Kate Rowold (Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design/School of Art + Design), Sage Collection Director and Professor, rowold@indiana.edu, and Kelly Richardson, Sage Collection Curator.

 

Eye of the Beholder
Indiana University Center for Art + Design (IUCA+D) Gallery, Columbus, IN
When: October 14 – November 18
Where: Indiana University Center for Art + Design (IUCA+D) Gallery, Columbus, (310 Jackson Street, Columbus, Indiana, 812-375-7580)
Hours: The IUCA+D Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 pm.

Ideals of beauty focusing on body shapes and proportions are variable and often unattainable. Typically, these ideals of beauty are dictated by the fashion gatekeepers of the culture (the aristocracy, the wealthy, the celebrity, the media powerful, and leaders of commerce) rather than the actual designer. Each generation is taught by example to embrace the preconceived notions of beauty related to fashion; however, they are also taught to seek and treasure novelty, and thus fashion changes emerge. Contradicting concepts of beauty in women’s fashion from 1810-2010 are demonstrated on full mannequins accompanied by related fashion illustrations, photographs, and videos.

Contact:
Kate Rowold (Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design/School of Art + Design), Sage Collection Director and Professor, rowold@indiana.edu, and Kelly Richardson, Sage Collection Curator.