FashionSpeak Fridays: Cocktail Culture and Couture
Friday, February 24
"I feel bad for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day."
- Frank Sinatra
Join Michelle Tolini Finamore, Curator of Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for a tour of one hundred years of American cocktail history through visual culture, decorative arts, fashion, and film.
The cocktail is the consummate American medium, embodying a unique mix of innovation, modernity, and glamour. Its history, as seen in fashion, bar accessories, and popular imagery, captures the spirit of American style like few other forms of cultural expression. From the Jazz Age to the present day, the drinking of cocktails encompasses sweeping sartorial, social, and moral changes. It has also, like the medium of fashion, been subject to a steady stream of sweeping transformations of taste and style.
Michelle Tolini Finamore’s books include Gaetano Savini: The Man Who Was Brioni and Hollywood Before Glamour: Fashion in American Silent Film. She co-authored Jewelry by Artists: In the Studio, 1940-2000. She has curated #techstyle, Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen and Think Pink at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Cocktail Culture at the Norton Museum of Art; Driving Fashion: Automobile Upholstery from the 1950s at the Museum at FIT; and assisted Hamish Bowles with Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Cocktail Couture is highly encouraged!