Save the Date: TASA’s Summer 2017 Program

 

On Tuesday, June 6th, at 11 am, Lauren Wilson of the Atlanta Ballet will give TASA members a brief tour of the Atlanta Ballet facility and studios. Following Lauren’s tour, Colleen McGonegle, interim costume director, and her team will engage TASA members in conversation on costume design and the creation process.  Costumes from this past season’s productions of Paquita, Vespertine, and Allegro Brillante will be on display in addition to mock-ups for next season’s production of Beauty and the Beast.

Location: 1695 Marietta Boulevard, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (GPS: enter Marietta Blvd. NW)

(Marietta Blvd between Chattahoochee Ave. and Huff Rd, NOT Marietta St. downtown)

2017 TASA members free; $10 guests

RSVP: gvgoodwin@aol.com

  

 

A Visit With Hellenne Vermillion

At TASA’s spring program, artist Hellenne  Vermillion shared her silk painting techniques and designs.  She explained the kinds of paints and fabrics she uses in her work.  She also showed the group many beautiful wall hangings, kimonos, masks, scarves and other accessories she has created.  After Hellenne’s formal presentation, she gave the group an opportunity to do their own silk painting with materials she had set up.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin

Winter Program: SCAD, FASH Exhibition

In January, at the invitation of Marie deGeorge, artist and couture fashion designer, three groups of TASA members toured the extraordinary exhibits at the Savannah School of Art and Design, SCAD, FASH:  “Threads of History: Two Hundred Years of Fashion” and “Embellished: Adornment Through the Ages.”

Rafael Gomez, curator of the exhibit, led the tours. He explained the historical context of the dresses and adornment objects– shoes, hats, jewelry, and other items–as well as the construction materials and the unintended consequences of many of the extreme dress fashions for women: skirts catching fire, dangerous falls, re-alignment of body organs, radiation poisoning, difficult child births, etc.

Rafael also explained how in order for SCAD to exhibit the historic dresses properly, each dress required its own individually carved mannequin.

SCAD student docents accompanied the tours.  Using  iPads, the students showed pictures that gave additional contextual information to the objects on display.

Following the formal tour, Rafael took the TASA groups into the working room where he showed costumes that were not put on exhibit, reproduction corsets and antique fashion design books.

The low light to protect the textiles, the black framed exhibition niches, and the extensive diorama presentations of the dresses augmented with historically accurate accessories made for a thoroughly dramatic and beautiful complimentary set of exhibitions.

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