ARTini: The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957
Fri., July 16, 7 p.m., Tue., July 20, 12 p.m. and Thu., July 22, 7 p.m. 2010
The Frist’s current exhibit on couture — whose only U.S. stop is Nashville — isn’t just a breathtaking look at the impeccable standard of craftsmanship that came out of the Paris and London fashion houses in the ’50s, or the fairy-tale femininity of the postwar lady of leisure’s wardrobe. It’s also a collection of intriguing intersections — sartorial evidence of a nation, industry, gender and silhouette simultaneously in transition. The dresses on display, designed by fashion giants such as Dior and Balenciaga, as well as the accessories, photographs and other accoutrement for viewing, represent a kind of last hurrah of domestic bloom for the postwar woman — a resting spell between her entrée into factory work and securing a more permanent timecard in the workforce. It’s a magnificent tension best discussed over cocktails, and this informal conversation about a few of the pieces with curator of interpretation Anne Taylor offers just the opportunity.