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Field Trip to Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of the Ebony Fashion Fair

Fri, Jun 9, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20052

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Join AIGA DC for a lunchtime insider tour of “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair” at The George Washington University's Textile Museum.

Step away from work for a minute for some design inspiration at GW's Textile Museum. AIGA DC’s Field Trip series takes designers on an insider tour of D.C.’s latest exhibits, led by the creatives involved in curating them.

This field trip to "Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of the Ebony Fashion Fair," will give attendees a peek into the traveling runway show that has captivated African Americans for years on end. Learn about its creator Eunice W. Johnson, who broke the color barrier to bring global fashion to African-American audiences.

AIGA DC has arranged a tour of the exhibit with Camille Ann Brewer, the curator of the exhibit, who will talk extensively about the highlights and challenges Johnson's team faced. Amid the array of luxurious haute couture pieces, Brewer will share stories about the installation and the warm reception it has received.

This event is free for AIGA members and $10 for non-members*. Want to enjoy this member benefit? Check out AIGA’s new membership structure and join today.

Registration will open on Tuesday, May 30th and will be capped at 15 attendees.

Attendees should meet in the lobby of The GW Textile Museum at 701 21st Street, NW.

Camille Ann Brewer is the first full-time curator of contemporary textile art for The GW Textile Museum. Brewer's primary focus is building new contemporary collections, organizing exhibitions, working with artists on special projects, and engaging GW students and faculty in developing research projects and educational opportunities. Previously, Brewer was the executive director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium at the University of Chicago, and brings an extensive knowledge of contemporary textile art and experience in consulting, curating and building collections.

This exhibit was developed by the Chicago History Museum in cooperation with Johnson Publishing Company, LLC, presented by the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. Our very own Studio A was commissioned to assist with the design execution for the DC venue.

If you’re a designer involved in creating exhibits or special events around town, we’d love to feature your work for our next Field Trip! Email us with your ideas.

*AIGA DC’s fee for non-members is not a fee for entry to the Textile Museum. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the next generation of designers through AIGA DC’s Design Continuum Fund scholarship.