|14.2.2017||Posted by fashionmore under Blogy a osobní weby|
A new exhibition in Whitley Gallery of Sweet Briar Museum offers an intimate view of a noble life in the late 19th century – and brings to vivid life a character that sometimes seems more legendary than real.
„Dressing Miss Daisy“ opens Wednesday, January 18, with a reception of light refreshments at 16:15 The performance is a consequence of the high ambitions of Jade Smith for a marketing career with a big fashion company. Smith is an important business from Lynchburg to work toward her Arts Management Certificate as part of his plan to get there.
For his project practicum arts management in the fall, Smith co-curated the exhibition with art director Karol Lawson museums and galleries. It displays and interprets clothing and accessories belonging to Daisy Williams (1867-1884) – whose mother founded Sweet Briar in his memory. The show was inspired by the Smith Research completed for the spring 2016 class of museum studies.
There are 28 items displayed with interpretive texts including excerpts from Daisy’s diaries and letters written in 1882 and 1883. A period map, glossary and lists of local names and explain the many references in his writing department stores in New York, boutiques and seamstresses. Some, like Macy’s and Lord & Taylor, are still around today.
Lawson suspected that one or two of the articles are mentioned in the texts, including a striped dress shown in the foreground in the exhibition.
The May 17, 1883, Daisy wrote to his mother, Indiana Fletcher Williams, in New York: „Yesterday I drove to Aunt Lils, he wore my passionate and blue dress, and I had a little ‘real daisys Lil thought they were artificial, and in my hat artificial buttercups and she thought they were real. … “
Because Indiana, a grieving mother kept a lot of things to Daisy, it is easy to track its progression from child to teenager. This is true for his comment, even as it moves from delighting in beautiful dresses to tip opinions on fashion. His writings are full of details of his daily activities and clothing – both his own and others.
From New York, she corresponds with the family housekeeper, Martha Taylor Penn, reporting in February 1882, „The fashion is to wear a great big artificial sunflower on my shoulders, but I do not think that’s quite enough.“
In November of the same year, on a return trip, he wrote back to Taylor, noting New York women are donning fur coats and winter.
„The style is to wear a stuffed bird hat, but I do not like, as I always think how cruel it is to kill them,“ he wrote.
Smith’s goal was to „show and tell the personality Daisy“ and that the period of time through her clothes and style choices.
„The part ‘easy’ and also the most fun was doing research on how clothing has played such an important role in society during the eighteen hundreds, and what could be said of a person, their status in the community, and sometimes their own beliefs personal. Another fun part was looking through all the clothes! „Says Smith.
Deciding what to include and put together to create the exhibition was the hardest part. Discovery of what a museum director is not really a revelation.
„As a major company, I went into this project with the mind of a CEO and I quickly found out that is not the case! An art curator wears many hats and is involved in many different aspects of an exhibition and does not just monitor everything. “
Smith has embraced the role, says Lawson. You are not simply choosing what you want to see, explains. There is a process of determining whether the physical condition of an item allows you to be seen in a secure, search, and then decide whether and how a story is told.
The search for Smith on brown jacket Daisy in museum studies class the previous semester Lawson gave the idea for the show, which he then suggested that his project practicum.
„Through the eyes of jade, I began to realize there’s more to it than do stupid shopping with her mother,“ said Lawson. „It ‘s become clear that it would attract people to the story of Daisy through her clothing. These are not just clothes every child. The thing that is fascinating – and I believe that Jade also heard this – is that this child of all our stories and myths was a real girl. He played in these clothes, visited his friends in these clothes. “
Lawson sees the project as a real collaboration between students and teacher and an original theory in the classroom and experiential learning that come together. evident enjoyment of Smith’s work – even during its boring moments – lifted its appreciation for it as well, says Lawson.
„It ‘was a real pleasure to watch Giada, as a student move from mere admiration of a beautiful garment for a more complete understanding that one, these garments can be used to reveal interesting aspects of social history, and two, these are fragile relics of our shared history that require close attention. “
The exhibition also created opportunities for Abigail Grace Schutte and Culley, both high art history majors, to help with the installation as a work-study assistants.
Now, Smith looks ahead to take Business seminar I have this semester, another class that requires students to apply the theory in practice.
„I’m really excited to see how I can merge what I learned during this project – the creative aspect – with the literal business side of things,“ he says.
After graduation, she hopes to study for in luxury brand marketing of a master and management in France. It’s all part of his plan.