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Fashion Professor, Collection Curator to Speak on Link between Satire and Fashion in Early 20th Century Illustrations

April 08, 2016

On the pages of early 20th Century publications, satirists often published illustrative commentary on society. Orson Lowell, an illustrator and satirist, was one of these writers and had a knack for linking period dress and wit. Fashion Professor Jill Carey will explore this connection at a talk April 10 at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell.

Carey, curator of Lasell's Fashion Collection, will appear at the museum as part of the Parker Speaker Series April 10th at 2 pm.

Professor Carey, who recently studied the link between satire and early 20th century fashion, will speak about Lowell's ability to people watch in society and notice their foibles in awkward situations then translate this to illustrations in The Saturday Evening Post, Ladies Home Journal and other publications of the time. She will also discuss the inspiration Lowell found in American graphic artist Charles Dana Gibson, best known for his creation of the Gibson Girl.

For more information about the talk, visit the ATHM website.