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Edward F. Maeder to Discuss Pre-Raphaelite Fashion at the Clark March 25

For Immediate Release

March 16, 2001

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, (March 16, 2001) - Edward F. Maeder, curator of textiles at Historic Deerfield, will give the public lecture "From Draperies to Dress Reform: Pre-Raphaelite Fashion in Britain" on Sunday, March 25, at 3:00 p.m., at the Clark Art Institute. Maeder will focus on the type of clothing seen in the works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, whose paintings are featured in the Clark's current exhibition Rossetti in the 1860s: The Blue Bower. Admission is free.

Maeder is a widely respected scholar, teacher, and museum consultant in the field of historical textile and costume research, exhibition, and preservation. He is presently the chair of the curatorial department and curator of textiles for Historic Deerfield. He has also served as the founding director of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto and as curator of costumes and textiles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His many publications include both scholarly works and popular and interpretive titles, including An Elegant Art: Fashion and Fantasy in the Eighteenth Century and Hollywood and History: Costume Design in Film. Maeder's talk is the second in a series of lectures on Victorian Art and Culture, offered in connection with the exhibitions Rossetti in the 1860s and Victorian Photography from the Collection of the Clark Art Institute, both on view through May 6. The final lecture in the series will be "Rossetti: Pre-Raphaelite to Aesthete" by Tim Barringer of Yale University on Sunday, April 22, at 3:00 p.m.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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