Fashion history expert to speak in GCC Senior Symposium

  • Edward Maeder works on restoring a shoe from the 1700s in his Greenfield home in 2018. Maeder will present “Fashion in Art: Mirrors of Humanity” as part of the Greenfield Community College Senior Symposium on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Staff File Photo/Melina Bourdeau

Staff Report
Published: 2/15/2021 4:46:53 PM

GREENFIELD — Edward Maeder once said that he was born with a needle in his hand. It was only to be expected, since one grandmother was a seamstress and the other was a shoemaker.

The needle in his hand has taken him to a career in the arts from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where he was the curator of the collection of costumes and textiles, to Historic Deerfield, where he was director of exhibitions. He was also founding director of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto in 1994.

Now, Maeder is bringing his passion for fashion history to the Greenfield Community College Senior Symposium for the third time on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 2 to 3 p.m. Having presented on cleavage fashion and shoes previously, Maeder will now present “Fashion in Art: Mirrors of Humanity.”

Speaking on the talk’s topic, Maeder said that while “fashion is often considered frivolous, elite or inaccessible, mirrors can reflect the complexities of who we are. Historic and contemporary imagery and illustrations reveal what we believe, how we act and what we signal to others about who we are. The images and the insights they offer will capture how we perceive what we wear and why, through both artworks and surviving examples that record our idiosyncratic, personal and sociopolitical structures. We will explore a world that will help us understand ourselves and those around us, past and present.”

The virtual program is free to attend, but registration is required at bit.ly/3cWlIC2. Registrants will receive a Zoom link by email the day of the talk. Questions can be typed into the chat box on the screen at any time, and will be answered during the question and answer portion.

Following the Feb. 23 event, Maeder’s talk will be available to watch online for two weeks, but there will be no opportunity for questions or comments. The link will be found on GCC’s Senior Symposium page starting on Feb. 24.




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