At the end of the 19th century and into the early 20 century, Syrian culture was very diverse in terms of artistic achievement and material culture, and garments worn by wealthier Syrian men and women reflected their rich cosmopolitan lifestyle. Dr. Vogelsang-Eastwood explores economic, political, religious, and social impacts on clothing with an eye to the Fowler Museum’s current installation of garments from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection. A book signing and reception in the Davis Courtyard will follow.
Cosponsored by the Fowler Museum Textile Council and the Textile Museum Associates of Southern California.
About Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood
Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood (Ph.D. Manchester University) is a professional textile and dress historian, who worked as a textile archaeologist in the Middle East for many years. She is the author of numerous books and articles on the subject of textiles and dress and is the main editor and author of the Bloomsbury (London) series Encyclopedia of Embroidery from …. series. The first volume in this series, the Encyclopedia of Embroidery from the Arab World (Dartmouth Medal 2017). The second volume, on the embroidery from Central Asia, the Iranian Plateau, and the Indian subcontinent, is due late 2019. Dr. Vogelsang-Eastwood is currently the director of the Textile Research Centre, Leiden (The Netherlands).
About the Exhibition
March 17 – August 18, 2019
Dressed with Distinction: Garments from Ottoman Syria explores the region’s textile production during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when Syria was an international hub for the trade and production of handwoven cloth. With a focus on the social and seasonal contexts in which garments were worn by men, women, and children, the exhibition’s presentation of these distinguished textiles enables audiences to engage with Syrian culture and weaving techniques from a bygone era.
Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 398 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd | $12/day. Rideshare drop-off 305 Royce Drive.