The Peabody Essex Museum showcases 250 years of women’s history in fashion design. Sparked in part by the question “what does it mean to dress like a woman in clothing?” “Made It: The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion” features 100 objects that map the steps women’s fashion has made since the 1700s, when women began to move beyond the constraints established by men to develop their own fashion. The exhibition features famous designers such as Coco Chanel, Katharine Hamnett and Rei Kawakubo, as well as lesser known but equally important historic designers such as Elizabeth Keckley, a slave woman who bought her freedom and later designed a dress for Mary Todd Lincoln.
“It’s really about life,” said Natalie Chanin, founder of Alabama Chanin fashion and lifestyle company and one of the contemporary designers featured in the show. “It’s one of our big goals to make things that are really beautiful too … you can drive your car, and pick up your kid, and dance without having to take off your jacket.”
“The Actor’s Craft”, presented by the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company on January 30 with Denis O’Hare
The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company continues a series of virtual discussions with experienced actors on January 30. The latest installment “The Actor’s Craft” will feature stage and screen actor Denis O’Hare, performing parts of King Lear and discuss his interpretation of the play and his process of bringing Shakespeare to life on stage. O’Hare is a Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning actor, best known for his stage roles Take me out and Sweet Charity, and on television entered Original descendants and American horror story.
“It’s hard for me to remember a time when I wasn’t acting,” said O’Hare. “Generally, you rob your life for understanding. How can I understand what the character is going through? Where in my life have I experienced this? “
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