Winter 2018 Program with City-Wide Couture

On January 27, 2018, the City-Wide Couture Group of Atlanta presented beautiful and educational program to TASA about couture techniques and fashions. The program opened with CWC co-leader, Lisa Milam, giving an explanation and history of  “couture” and “haute couture.”

Six members of the couture group shared their personal hand-crafted couture fashions: stunning and unique examples of coats, jackets, dresses, pants and blouses.  The presenters explained the intricacies and attention to detail important in creating the pieces including information about seaming, lining, pocket and zipper design, fabric piecing and fabric selection, embellishment, fitting and finishing.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin
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Save the Date: TASA’s Winter 2018 Program

We are looking forward to a special program for TASA members, Couture in Atlanta presented by the City-Wide Couture Group of Atlanta, CWC.  The program will focus on what couture is and show examples of clothing on which they have used couture methods.

Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018
Time: 10AM-12PM
Location: SEFAA Center, 3420 W. Hospital Ave., Chamblee, GA 30341

rsvp:  gvgoodwin@aol.com, Free for 2018 TASA members; $10 guests

Submitted by Gail Goodwin

TASA Fall Program: Threads of Time

On Monday, October 16, 2017, Dr. Rebecca Stone, Professor of Art History at the Michael C. Carlos Museum and Art of the Americas curator joined with her curatorial assistant, Liz Caris, graduate student in Art History, to lead 38 TASA members and friends through the Threads of Time exhibit at Emory University’s Carlos Museum.

Our group was awed by the breadth and depth of the indigenous American fiber arts in the collection which included a nearly 2000-year-old textile from the Andean coastal desert.

The walls in one room burst with color from the display of Guna molas, their designs ranging from the geometric to the fanciful.

We learned about the naturally brown cuyuscate cotton, the different materials—in addition to cotton–used by the indigenous people in making textiles–camelid hair, feathers, plant fibers; and we learned about the different dying, weaving and embroidery techniques used. We saw an amazing centuries-old double-weave cloth and a textile trim of brightly colored hummingbirds done in three-dimensional embroidery.

Another room contained a set of Chichicastenango huipiles from successive 20th century decades that illustrated how the colors and designs of the huipiles transformed over time.

All in all it was an amazing and colorful display of textiles.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin

Save the Date! TASA’s Fall 2017 Program

Looking ahead to fall, it’s time to save the date for TASA’s FALL, 2017, program at the Carlos Museum.

Professor of Art History and Faculty Curator for Art of the Americas, Rebecca Stone, will give TASA members a tour of the new Art of the Americas exhibit: Threads of Time

Date:  Monday, October 16
Time: 2pm

More info to follow.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin

Atlanta Ballet Studios Tour

On June 6, TASA members toured the Atlanta Ballet studios, prop room, costume room and costume workshop. The group enjoyed seeing the architecture of the Ballet’s LEED certified building with its iconic KALWALL–the insulating light transmitting wall paneling; the dance studios with their Marley floor covering; and the stunning photographs of dancers on every wall.

In the costume room we saw hundreds of different costumes for all of the many different ballet productions. We learned how the costumes are designed so they can be altered for different body sizes, and to allow for the movement of the dancer.  Attention is given to the costumes to take into account wear areas–such as the waist.  TASA members were in awe of the intricate details of the costumes as well as the quality of the fabrics and workmanship involved in their creation.  We learned how the costumes are cleaned and how they are often shared with other theatrical, musical and dance companies.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin.