Fashion Week comes to Fairfield Museum

CoviellobyTrevorDixonFashion show, mimosa brunch, lectures and more

The Fairfield Museum and History Center will host a Fashion & Fantasy Mimosa Brunch Sunday March 8, from noon-2 p.m. in conjunction with its new exhibition, Fashion & Fantasy: 250 Years of Wedding Dresses. On view through May 31, 2015, the exhibition showcases wedding gowns spanning several centuries — from 18th-century silk and military-inspired Civil War dresses to the ubiquitous white dress of today.

James Coviello’s Queen Anne wedding gown, representing current day fashion in a new Fairfield Museum exhibition, Fashion & Fantasy: 250 Years of Wedding Dresses.

James Coviello’s Queen Anne wedding gown, representing current day fashion in a new Fairfield Museum exhibition, Fashion & Fantasy: 250 Years of Wedding Dresses.

Representing current-day fashion in the exhibition is a romantic Queen Anne dress with a delicate lace overlay by James Coviello, who grew up in Fairfield and now lives in New York City, where he has been creating his ready-to-wear collection since 2000.

On Sunday, March 8, Coviello will be at the Fairfield Museum, presenting his line of special occasion dresses at a special event, Fashion & Fantasy Mimosa Brunch, where guests will meet Coviello and learn about upcoming trends while being treated to mimosas and brunch catered by Festivities. Tickets are available at fairfieldhistory.org and proceeds will go toward the Museum’s educational programming.

On Thursday, April 2, from 6-8, the public is invited to Museum After Dark, a wine and cheese event offering a look at the Wedding Dress exhibition and a panel discussion on the grassroots efforts that made marriage equality accepted in our society, led by Anne Stanback, who spearheaded the Connecticut’s marriage equality organization, Love Makes a Family.  The panel will address why the movement has succeeded and the challenges that lie ahead, including the decision facing The U.S. Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage nationwide.

In addition, panelist Marc Solomon will be signing his book, Winning Marriage, which reveals the inner workings of the advocacy movement that championed and protected advances won in legislative, legal, and electoral battles over the decade. Museum After Dark, sponsored by Fairfield Living magazine, is a free member benefit and a $5 suggested donation for non-members.

Also on view at the Museum through May 10 is the exhibition Mobilizing the Home Front: Posters from World War II featuring original World War II posters that were used to raise support for the war effort at home, linking efforts on the home front to the military campaigns in Europe and Asia. The exhibit also celebrates the 70th anniversary of VE Day this May.

Tuesday, March 31, from 6-8, the Fairfield Museum will partner with the Westport Arts Center to present In Conversation: Leonard Everett Fisher. The talk, held at WAC, is in conjunction with the new exhibition: Leonard Everett Fisher: Picturemaker, a retrospective that showcases one of  Westport’s most revered artists, featuring works from his prolific 70-year career in painting and illustration, on view through April 25. Admission: $25.

About the Fairfield Museum and History Center

The Fairfield Museum and History Center is a community cultural arts and education center established in 2007 by the 103-year old Fairfield Historical Society. Located at 370 Beach Road in Fairfield, CT, the Museum is open seven days a week, 10 am – 4 pm.  Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors. Members of the Museum and children are free.   For more information, call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org.

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