Tuesday, October 14, 2008

MARIE-ANTOINETTE'S DRESS, and Objectoronto 2008

Marie Antoinette’s two- piece court dress, attributed to dressmaker Marie Jeanne “Rose” Bertin, France 1780s Purchased by C.T. Currelly

October 11 to 26, 2008 For a few short weeks, a very special viewing of Marie-Antoinette’s dress is on in the Royal Ontario Museum’s new Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume.

Dating back to the 1780s, this beautiful two-piece court dress would have sparkled throughout the glittering palace of Versailles. Known as a fashion icon, Marie-Antoinette’s sense of style is apparent in the rich satin fabric, silk floral embroidery, ribbon appliqués, spangles and glass stones. Due to its delicate nature, the dress can only be exposed to light for short periods of time, and the ROM is pleased to bring this spectacular piece out of storage for all to see.
Marie-Antoinette was born of Austrian royalty in 1755 and married the future Louis XVI of France when she was only fourteen. Her penchant for excessive spending did not bode well in debt-ridden France, and she was summarily executed by guillotine in 1793, at the height of the French Revolution. Family Programming Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, October 11 to 18, 2008

Experience the lush splendor of Marie-Antoinette. Make a masquerade mask, learn about fashion during her time and meet a living statue of Marie-Antoinette.More Information

Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette
October 17, 2008, 7 pm and October 18, 2008, 2:30 pm
Enhance your Marie-Antoinette experience with a screening of the 2006 film Marie Antoinette directed by Academy Award winner Sofia Coppola.More Information

Marie Antoinette: Fatal Flair for Fashion with Caroline Weber
October 18, 2008

Explore the politics of costume, and gain a fresh understanding of the historical role of this doomed queen and the events leading to the French Revolution.More Information

Read “The Queen's Closet What Marie Antoinette really wore.” by Anne Hollander on line at http://www.slate.com/id/2151858/


Lily Yung, 100% wool die cut bracelet

Opening Reception: Friday, Oct. 17, 7 – 10 pm (open to the public) at the Gladstone Hotel Toronto's pre-eminent, annual exposition promoting exceptional Canadian and international artist-made objects. Now in its fourth year, this unique event highlights designer-makers who create work reflecting the dynamic synthesis of craft, art and design. At OBJECToronto the public has an opportunity to meet artists and designers, discover galleries and view or purchase works that are a growing and vital component of the Toronto art and design community.

for more information including participating galleries please visit the website http://www.objectoronto.ca/
Galdstone Hotel is located at 1214 Queen St. West in Toronto

Admission: $5 at the door (speaker series on Oct. 18 is free)

A new free public speaker series, discussing current directions and relevant ideas important to the development of contemporary craft and design, will be held in the Gladstone Ballroom on Saturday October 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. The Talks Up: Collecting discussion features Aaron M. Milrad (Vice Chair, Gardiner Museum of Ceramics and ceramics collector), Alan C. Elder (Curator of Crafts & Design, The Canadian Museum of Civilization) and Julie Nicholson & Shaun Moore (design retailers, MADE shop)


Creativfestival October 17 through 19th at the Metro Convention Center, South building. in Toronto


"Celebrating twenty-one-durful years. It’s a 3 day shopping frenzy and 5 day interactive learning studio. It's BIG and diverse. It's where you can... trend spot, get inspiration, buy hot new products, test drive the latest tools & equipment, see new twists on traditional techniques, seek expert advice and get up-close to the creative industry's best. Put your personal stamp on everything and make it YOU!"



Anonymous said...

That dress was {stupidly} modified by someone who owned it later, in the 1800's. I forgot the whole story, it might have been the train that was most affected but I can't remember--but surely that information could be found if you look.

Anonymous said...

They also altered the kneck line.