For all you Madison fiber folk, I'm pushing the date for Fiber Friday to today so you don't miss this enticing and informative lecture by Patrice George. The annual Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture is one I look forward to all year. And it's back at the LVM building at the Chazen Museum with easy parking nearby. Details in the text below the image.
2014 Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture
Patrice George: Seven Fibers that Changed the World
Presented by the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection
Thursday, March 6, 2014 5:30-6:30pm
Seventy-five years ago, nylon fiber was a new invention on exhibit at the 1939 World’s Fair. Within a year, stockings knit of nylon caused a revolution that altered the fashion and textile industries forever. Patrice George, assistant professor of textiles at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, will talk about the early years of the man-made fiber industry.
From DuPont to Dior, fiber manufacturers and famous designers invested in research, design, and marketing talent to reach the consumer with new ideas about miraculous fibers that made everyday life easier, more comfortable, and more glamorous. Glossy advertising pages promoted rayon, nylon, polyester, acrylic, lurex , spandex, and other new fibers, challenging the world of natural fibers to fight for their share of textile market. The story of the fiber industry connects social, political and cultural developments in postwar America, and innovations in the global textile industry of today.
The lecture will be in Room L160 of the Conrad A. Elvehjem Building of the Chazen Art Museum, UW-Madison, 800 University Avenue, Madison, WI. The event is free and open to the public.
Note: This information is direct from the HLATC press release.