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Spark: Fabric Changes Everything

Fabric Changes Everything

Amelia Peck, Marica F. Vilcek Curator of American Decorative Arts, MMA
Paul van Zyl, creator of Maiyet
Eileen Fisher, clothing designer
Julie Burstein, author and Peabody Award-winning creator of public radio's Studio 360

Pull on a thread from a bolt of cloth, and you unravel a story of empires, espionage, poverty, and a fabric trade that upended social order. In this program, Amelia Peck describes a moment in the 17th century when bed linens were the most valuable thing one owned; Paul van Zyl tells of his journey from human-rights activist to creator of luxury fashion brand Maiyet; and designer Eileen Fisher talks about her company’s focus on sustainability and human rights, as well as beautiful clothes. Spark is hosted by Julie Burstein.

Tickets to this event include Museum admission.

This program is in conjunction with the exhibition Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800, which will be on view from September 16, 2013 to January 5, 2014.

The exhibition is made possible in part by The Coby Foundation, Ltd., The Favrot Fund, and the Quinque Foundation.

This series is supported by the Mrs. Joseph H. King Fund.

Above: Two piece dress with scarf (detail) ca. 1798, Europe, made of Indian cotton mull with Indian embroidery. Cotton embroidered with silk. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Irene Lewisohn and Alice L. Crowley Bequests, 1992 (1992.119.1a-c)

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