Wednesday, October 10, 2012

In Her Own Style: The Fashion of Marjorie Merriweather Post

On Friday, October 19th Howard Vincent Kurtz will present In Her Own Style: The Fashion of Marjorie Merriweather Post.

Howard Vincent Kurtz is the Associate Professor of Theater and head of the design program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Professor Kurtz was honored to receive the George Mason University Outstanding Excellence in Teaching Award and the Fenwick Library Fellowship for Research Award. Mr. Kurtz's previous work experience includes several years as a draper in New York City, creating costumes for Broadway, Hollywood films, and television. Howard is a professional union costume designer, designing costumes at many regional and local theaters in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He was nominated and received the Helen Hayes Outstanding Costume Design Award.

In addition to his academic and professional work in costume design, Mr. Kurtz is the Associate Curator of Costumes and Textiles at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. Howard is responsible for maintaining the museum’s collection of textiles; including the cataloging and conservation of the collections and the preparation of exhibitions. He has curated two exhibitions highlighting the Post family costumes, Invitation to the Ball: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Fancy Dress Costumes of the 1920s and Wedding Belles, Bridal Fashions From The Marjorie Merriweather Post Family, 1874-1958. Howard is currently writing a comprehensive book on Marjorie Merriweather Post’s costume collection.

On Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th professionals from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, and museums will gather at LIM College for Fashion: Now & Then, a conference on the past, present, and future uses of fashion information that will consist of lectures and panel discussions.

Read more about the Fashion: Now & Then conference.

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