Thursday, November 5:
Young Alumnae Drinks Night
1392 E. Putnam Ave.
Old Greenwich, CT 06870
Monday, December 7:
What We Wore and What We Wear: The Significance of Dress
Kiki Smith ’71, Professor of Theatre, Smith College
Paula Deitz ’59, Editor of The Hudson Review
Doors open at 6:30 PM; Lecture starts at 7:00 PM
1 Museum Drive
Women’s clothes speak volumes about social and economic standing, occupation or activities, public rituals and private realm. They are tangible resources, powerful tools to investigate how women have represented themselves, revealing elements of their lives that were never recorded in texts and have otherwise vanished.
Kiki Smith is a professor of theater at Smith College, Director of the Smith College Historic Dress Collection, and a professional costume and set designer. She will speak about how the study of dress and textiles is interdisciplinary and global, connecting with all parts of the curriculum. A growing community of Smith faculty and students are actively engaged in teaching, learning and researching clothes in the Smith College Historic Dress Collection, a growing archive and unique resource of about 3,000 objects from the late 18th to the 21st century.
Paula Deitz, Editor of The Hudson Review, is a writer and cultural critic and a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Architectural Review, and Gardens Illustrated. She will show and discuss her collection called Childhood Uniforms and Symbolic Clothes. Beginning with a flower-girl dress worn at age three for an aunt’s wedding in 1942 and proceeding to her own wedding dress in 1969, the collection follows the rituals of childhood and the educational process as a girl evolves into a woman over a span of nearly thirty years.
There is no charge for this event, but seating is limited. Please RSVP to Carolyn Gilbert at (203) 531-5932 or email@example.com.
Tuesday, December 15:
Smith Alumnae Shopping Evening at Diane’s Books
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
8 Grigg Street
In a return to an old holiday tradition, Diane’s Books will welcome us after hours to her inviting, well-stocked store, donating 10% of the evening’s proceeds to our Smith College Scholarship Fund.
During the open hours, club member Susan Cohen ’62 will sign copies of her new book, The Inspired Landscape. Generously illustrated with sketches, plans, paintings, and photographs, this book features the work of 21 landscape architects from around the world and traces each project from the initial spark of creativity through stunning, innovative completion.
No reservations are necessary. Friends are welcome.