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Highfield Hall & Gardens’ Co-Executive Director and Chief Interpretation & Engagement Officer, Joanne Ingersoll, will present a series of talks relating to fashion and design for the winter 2020 season. Joanne is an expert on late-nineteenth-century design, and textiles and is excited to bring her vast knowledge to Highfield and the community. This series is happening in conjunction with the exhibit:Personae Gratae: Begin At Home 

Throughout the nineteenth-century, paisley: the motif, the object, and the manufacture are prominently featured in the arts of fashion and design.

This presentation traces paisley from its exclusive and exotic status as an imported shawl from India to a production woven shawl made in Paisley, Scotland. As silhouettes changed, so has the taste for shawls, and in recent history, paisley has become a ubiquitous interior furnishing motif. Using historical sources, from portraits and genre paintings, the timeline of paisley’s popularity will be examined and celebrated in this lecture.

Grab a chair and lets talk about paisley!

Register online today or call 508-495-1878, ext. 2

Design Lecture Series:

  • Thursday, February 6, 4:30PM – 5:30PM, Lecture series, Paisley: From Fashion Icon to Furnishing Staple, tickets, $15/$20
  • Thursday, March 5, 4:30PM – 5:30PM, Lecture series, “Tastemakers” and other Influences of the American Home (1878-1950), tickets, $15/$20

Learn more about our current art exhibit Personae Gratae: Begin At Home 

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