Wednesday, September 22 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm CST
Join us for a meeting with chapelière Valérie Castets as she presents some of her beautiful designs and describes her creative process of hatmaking. An introductory presentation will also be given by Jean McElvain from the The Goldstein Museum of Design highlighting the importance of the hat in the history of French fashion.
Valérie Castets comes from Le Blanc-Mesnil, France, and has been a milliner, craftsman, and designer for 15 years. She creates ceremonial hats, hats for adults and children, hair accessories, as well as designing fashion flower sets, haute couture, fashion accessories, jewelry, and hat ornaments. In addition to her work as a designer Valérie is also a painter, and a self-taught photographer of two years. She has worked for several designers and milliners including Oliver Freine, Ludovic Aimé, Sylvie Laroche, Catherine Varnier, Katharina M, Authentic Panama, Arnuptia, Jean-Pierre Tritz, C'est chic in Mineapolis USA, Maud Défossès, Kiriko, and Grain de Sable.
Jean McElvain is the associated curator of The Goldstein Museum of Design at the University of Minnesota. She holds a Masters of Architecture and a Ph.D. in the College of Design, and lectures frequently on a variety of topics for organizations such as the Cable Natural History Museum, the Friends of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the American Association of University Women. She additionally has classes that routinely visit internally from UMN, working with faculty and instructors to create meaningful interactions between museum objects and curriculum.
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This event will be held in person at Alliance Française MSP. The event will be limited to 200 people. Measures will be taken for your safety. Safe social distancing practices will be followed in accordance with the Minnesota Department of Health guidelines.