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The COSTUME COUNCIL of LACMA presents "That California Look | Mid-Century Fashion Magic" with Curator Kaye D. Spilker

Costume Council Chair Carolyn Wagner

Los Angeles, CA-  Last week the Costume Council of LACMA presented “That California Look| Mid-Century Fashion Magic" with Curator Kaye D. Spilker" as part of Pacific Standard Time, Southern California's six month-long arts initiative.  More than 250 illustrious guests, including artist Joan Quinn, fashion journalist Rose Apodaca, handbag designer Raven Kauffman, Esther Ginsberg of Golyester, retro historian Charles Phoenix, milliner Louise Green, fashion designer Galina Sobolev, journalist Booth Moore of the LA Times and Costume Council Board members: Ellen Levy-Sarnoff and Greer Saunders, Co-Program Chairs for the event -- Joni Smith, Betty Leonard, Cindy Canzoneri, Cheryl Van Tassel and Elizabeth Matthews, were in attendance and decked out in vintage mid-century finery.

Trina Turk and Kaye D. Spilker

To begin the program, Costume & textiles Curator Sharon Takeda introduced the event and relayed that recent Costume & Textiles exhibition “Fashioning Fashion," will be traveling to Berlin and Paris beginning in April 2012. Next, Costume Council Chair Carolyn Wagner spoke about exciting upcoming Costume Council programs and thanked Costume Council Board Members: Ellen Levy-Sarnoff, Greer Saunders, Cheryl Van Tassel, Sue Jarvie, Dori Schneider, Toni Yamin and Elizabeth Matthews for their efforts to make the program happen.  Guests were then presented with a surprise treat when Carolyn Wagner introduced fashion designer Trina Turk who shared her favorite designs of the mid-century period.  Trina Turk is one of the LuxLady's all-time favorite designers!

Carin von Berg and Elizabeth Matthews                   Judy Chang and Galina Sobolev


Headlining the program, Curator Kaye D. Spilker gave an hour long presentation with slide imagery and provided a wealth of knowledge as she relayed details about mid-century fashion, the history of the California fashion industry, as well as the key costume and textiles curently on view at LACMA with the museum's groundbreaking Pacific Time Standard exhibition, “California Design", and explained why California designers are unequalled in the development of mid-century fashion.

Following Spilker's presentation, Costume Council members, guests and press enjoyed a private tea reception with festive hot pink tablecloths, elegant white hydrangeas, lovely tea sandwiches, a selection of delectable desserts and hot tea and drinks.

During the reception, Kaye D. Spilker was available to sign copies of LACMA's California Design exhibition book and Charles Phoenix was available to sign copies of his books for Costume Council members and guests.




Carin von Berg




Photography by Andreas Branch for Patrick Mcmullan


For more information about The Costume Council of LACMA go to http://www.lacma.org/costume-council

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