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Lecture: Homer Layne - "Charles James: From the Perspective of a Protégé"

November 08, 2015 - 02:00 pm

Fath Auditorium

The Decorative Arts Society presents a lecture by Homer Layne about one of the finest fashion designers of the 20th century, Charles James.


During the Summer of 2014, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York mounted an exhibition on one of the finest fashion designers of the 20th century. Charles James (1906-1978) may not be as well-known to the public as other luminaries as Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Elsa Schiaparelli, or Yves Saint Laurent, but he was considered by his peers to be the best.


Our speaker, Homer Layne, was Charles James’ last assistant, coming to work for him in the Fall of 1970. After James’ death in 1978, Mr. Layne has remained dedicated to his memory by preserving James’ material legacy. In 2013, this body of work found a home at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum and became the basis of this extraordinary exhibition. Mr. Layne has enriched the history of fashion with this gift of ephemera collected over the designer’s lifetime, as well as conveying James’ philosophy, methodology, and techniques.


FREE | Open to the Public | Reservations Not Required


For more information, please visit the Decorative Arts Society of Cincinnati website.



Image courtesy of the Decorative Arts Society of Cincinnati

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