Thursday, June 24, 2010

Haute Haute Haute: Karen Elson Q&A Tonight at the Frist

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 11:30 AM

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Readers of this blog may only know Karen Elson as Jack White's Modigliani-esque model-wife who's dabbled in music of late, but those of us who veer outside of music's sometimes narrow confines know her as a Vogue regular and old pro in the fashion industry who's worked the runways for all the top designers — Dior, Gaultier, Prada and others. She also caused a bit of a stir back in 1998 when photographer Steven Meisel convinced her to shave her eyebrows and dye her hair red. Models!

Anyway, tonight, those interested in her career as a model and exceptionally symmetrical being can hear Elson speak in a free Q&A at the Frist. It's an event offered in conjunction with a just-launched, breathtaking exhibit called The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947—1957 that runs through Sept. 12, which I previewed here, and which showcases a magnificent collection of dresses, shoes and accessories from a 10-year period when French designer Christian Dior reigned. It's not just pretty things, although anyone interested in gazing at pretty things won't be disappointed. It's craftsmanship of the highest order.

Elson will talk with former New York Post fashion editor Libby Callaway, who now resides in Nashville and sells vintage under the name Diamond Halo, about wearing couture, visiting ateliers, working with couturiers and other insights into standing around for ages, just so, looking elegant as hell. 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Frist Auditorium — free and open to the public.

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