A behind the scenes look at Goldstein Museum of Design’s Dior to Disco collection - a retrospective on fashion in the era of second wave feminism as influenced by the legendary French designer Christian Dior
About the Guided Visit
Join Alliance Française and our group for young professionals Jeunes Cadres Dynamiques for a private guided visit in English of Dior to Disco: Fashion in the Era of Second Wave Feminism. This tour will be led by museum curators Jean McElvain and Caren Oberg. This event is FREE with a $5 - $10 suggested donation to support Alliance Française’s cultural and social programs.
About the Exhibit
The exhibit explores the impact of Second Wave Feminism on fashion from the 1950s to the 1970s. Using objects from the Goldstein Museum of Design and literature from the University of Minnesota Archives, this exhibition explores the blurring boundaries of femininity and feminism.
Christian Dior’s retrograde fashions of 1947, paradoxically referred to as “The New Look,” celebrated a traditional pre-war femininity that women eagerly strove to emulate. The New Look was so successful that Dior, who died suddenly in 1957, did not live to see the complete dissolution of his enduring designs. However, a fashionable change was brewing that collided head-on with the women’s movement of the 1960s. Simultaneously heralded for bringing issues of gender equity to the masses and criticized for situating gender inequity as the exclusive problem of middle-class white women, Second Wave Feminism of the mid 1960s and early 1970s questioned women’s roles and the happy housewife archetype.
Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD),
University of Minnesota (St. Paul Campus)
Gallery 241 – McNeal Hall
1985 Buford Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108
Some parking available at the top of Buford Circle, near the museum
Meet the Curators
Jean McElvain, Ph.D., Associate Curator, GMD
Caren Oberg, Graduate Collections Assistant, GMD
Reserve Your Spot
Limited spots available for this tour.
Please RSVP by calling 612 332 0436, or reserve your place online with a donation to AFMSP.
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