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Exotic Glamour: The History of the Caftan in Western Fashion


Talk and Q&A with Anna Yanofsky

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018, 7:00-8:30pm
3 Howard Street, New York NY 10013

Join us at IAIA for a talk and Q&A with fashion historian Anna Yanofsky, in conjunction with Huguette Caland's current exhibition. Anna's talk will address the history of caftans, their appearance in Western fashion, and the thin line between inspiration and appropriation.

The simple construction of the caftan belies its complex history in Western Fashion. How did a humble garment of flowing cloth with roots in Mesopotamia become a staple of the haute couture? The tale involves the origins of dress, royalty, hippies, and jet travel. Fashion historian Anna Yanofsky shares the evolution of Huguette Caland's preferred style of dress.

Anna Yanofsky holds an MA in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice from The Fashion Institute of Technology. She is a Collections Management Assistant for The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art where she helps store, research, and maintain over 35,000 dress and accessory objects.

Seating is limited, please RSVP to by SundayFeb 25th, 2018 if you would like to attend.

© Vogue "Paris Original" pattern, Nina Ricci design, 1976

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