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From March 16 through May 3, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village (CT) will host an exhibition of early 20th century photography from the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society. On March 23rd, from 3:30pm – 5:00pm, Michele Majer will lead a fashion talk on early 20th century fashion as seen in the exhibition’s photographs. Items from the historical society’s collection will be on display.

Featuring newly printed and framed photographs from glass slide and silver nitrate film negatives, the exhibition includes images that grab the viewer’s attention: two women with a dog on Prospect Mountain with a full view of Canaan Mountain in the background; several women lounging at the Great Falls in August 1902 wearing black wool dresses; two men with fiddle and banjo; a jaunty black man, wearing a bowler, posing with a bicycle; an enigmatic hazy figure with hat and coat standing on a rock centered in front of the wide expanse of Great Falls; and a teacher with her students at the Beebe Hill Schoolhouse.

Michele Majer has been with Cora Ginsburg LLC as a research associate since 1995. In addition to her work for the gallery, she is Professor Emerita at the Bard Graduate Center, where she taught courses in clothing and textile history for 28 years.

Ms. Majer received her B.A. at Barnard College and her M.A. at New York University. She was on the curatorial staff at the Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1986 to 1993. She was co-curator of the exhibition Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen (Bard Graduate Center, September 16, 2022–January 1, 2023) and contributed to and co-edited the accompanying catalogue, which received an AAMC 2023 Award for Excellence in publication. She also curated the exhibition Staging Fashion, 1880-1920:  Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, Billie Burke (Bard Graduate Center, January 18–April 8, 2012) and contributed to and edited the accompanying catalogue. Other publications include: “Arte, moda e mercato : la rivista Les Modes e l’Hôtel des Modes,” in Boldini e la moda (Ferrara: Fondazione Ferrara arte, 2020); “Le Costume Tailleur / The Skirt Suit,” in French Fashion, Women, and the First World War (New York: Yale University Press/Bard Graduate Center, 2019); and “La Mode à la girafe: Fashion, Culture and Politics in Bourbon Restoration France,” in Studies in the Decorative Arts (2009).

Ms. Majer has lectured on various aspects of clothing history in the United States, France, and the United Kingdom, and is a contributor to the yearly Cora Ginsburg catalogue.

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