The 2016 Fashion: Now & Then Conference Friday Keynote Speaker is April Calahan, author of Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style and Fashion and the Art of Pochoir.
April Calahan is a fashion historian, writer and art appraiser living and working in New York City. As a special collections associate at the Fashion Institute of Technology, April serves as the curator of manuscript collections and designer archives. She holds an undergraduate degree in the History of Art, a Master's degree in Fashion and Textile Studies: Theory, History and Museum Practice from the Fashion Institute of Technology as well as a Professional Certificate in Appraisal Studies: Fine and Decorative Arts from New York University.
Prior to her graduate studies, April enjoyed a decade-long year career in contemporary art foundations and galleries. She has lectured on the history of fashion at Yale University, the Costume Society of America's National Symposiums, and is a repeat guest on the popular podcast Stuff You Missed in History Class. She is the author of two books, Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style, published by Yale University Press (2015) and Fashion and the Art of Pochoir, published by Thames & Hudson (2015).
She will be discussing the history of fashion plates and the technique of pochoir used by the fashion press in the early 1900s.