Art History and Studio Art Major Recognized by the Gender Studies Program

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Senior art history and studio art major Anna Hanchett was recognized this week by the Gender Studies Program for an outstanding paper. Anna was one of three upperclass students to be awarded the Gender Studies Paper Prize.

Schiaparelli, Art, Fashion and Surrealism

Fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli’s contribution to the construction of practical garments for women in the period between the World Wars had a significant effect on the liberation of the modern woman. This paper explores Schiaparelli’s collaborations with Surrealist artists, particularly Salvador Dali, as their shared interests in the language of the subconscious provided a useful launching pad for thinking about fashion in relation to psychoanalytic theory. Using theatrical techniques, Schiaparelli helped design the new modern woman’s role as self-conscious and possessive, empowered to control her own image.
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Top image: Photograph by Cecil Beaton, published in Vogue, June 1, 1937
Bottom imagePhotograph by George Saad, Elsa Schiaparelli, L’Officiel, 1937

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