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October 9th, 1997
Best Dressed: 250 Years Of Style Educational And Public Programs

Lectures

Sundays at 2:30 p.m. in the Van Pelt Auditorium. Free after Museum admission.

Sunday, November 2: Untiring Attire: The Continuity of Fashion, with Richard Martin, Curator, The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sunday, November 23: Hollywood Dressed and Undressed, with Sandy Schreier, collector, author and lecturer on the art and history of fashion.

Art History Course

Thursdays, November 6, 13 and 20, and December 4 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., or Saturdays, November 15 and 22, 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m

Members and senior citizens, $50 per person; non-Members, $80 per person. Call the PMA Ticket Center at (215) 235-SHOW for ticket information and advance reservations. There is a surcharge ($1.75 for Members and $2.75 for non-Members) for all tickets reserved by phone. Series tickets are also available for purchase without surcharge at the Museum's ticket booths in the West Foyer.

Best Dressed: An Exploration of Style, with Kristina Haugland. This course explores 300 years of fashion, from garments prescribed by tradition to the most innovative design statements. Dress--whether formally elaborate or casually chic, intricately constructed or barely there--reflects societal values and achieves aesthetic ideals by design features and construction techniques. More than just a history of rising and falling hemlines, fashion is both an art form and a means of communication. Topics to be explored are: "Fashion: Frivolous or Fundamental?"; "Haute Couture: The Art of Apparel"; "Custom Made: Regional, Religious, and Other Traditional Dress"; and, "The Latest Mode: Dress and the Modern Age."

Concert

Sunday, November 9, at 2:30 p.m. in the Van Pelt Auditorium. Tickets (including Museum admission) are $10 for Members, senior citizens and students with valid I.D.; $17 for non-Members. Children under 7 are not permitted in the auditorium. Call the PMA Ticket Center at (215) 235-SHOW (or 235-7469) for ticket information and advance reservations.

Best Dressed: 250 Years of Style, with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Principal Trumpet David Bilger will lead a mixed brass trio of trumpet, horn and trombone, assisted by piano and percussion, in performing works by William Byrd, J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Francis Poulenc, Pierre Gabaye and William Kraft. In the spirit of the Best Dressed exhibition's presentation of fashion's evolution, the ensemble will explore the continuous evolution of brass music through the centuries, beginning with music of the English Renaissance and continuing through the music of our generation.

Guided Tours

The Museum Guides will lead tours of Best Dressed: 250 Years of Style, beginning at 12:00 noon, Tuesday through Saturday. Meet at the West Entrance.

Audio Tours

ARTPHONE, a hand-held listening device that allows visitors to retrieve information about individual art objects of their choice, will be available in Best Dressed: 250 Years of Style for a fee of $4. It features a greeting by Anne d'Harnoncourt, Director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and a wealth of information on over 50 objects and designers represented in the exhibition. Cheryl McClenney-Brooker, the Museum's Vice President for External Affairs, narrates much of the tour. Visitors taking the Best Dressed ARTPHONE tour will be entitled to a discounted rate for the Museum's other ARTPHONE tours.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia's art museum. We are a landmark building. A world-renowned collection. A place that welcomes everyone. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone. We connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable. We are committed to inviting visitors to see the world—and themselves—anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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