Friday Evening Lecture
In her lecture Is Pink the New Black?, Valerie Steele will explore the significance of black in the history of fashion, including in the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga. Then she will discuss the contrasting history of the color pink in fashion. Whereas black has long been regarded as an elegant and powerful color, pink has been more divisive. Although some people love "feminine," "pretty" pink, others regard the color as silly and vulgar. Yet attitudes towards pink are changing, and the color has recently acquired cool and androgynous connotations. Interestingly, both Balenciaga and Christian Dior loved pink almost as much as they loved black
Free; seating is limited. Pavilion Auditorium; simulcast in Kahn Auditorium
Image caption: Cristóbal Balenciaga, Dress, Winter 1967, Marquisette (gauze) in artificial fibers, bias cut. Pale pink satin ribbon. Crêpe de chine lining. Straps in flesh organza, Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum of the City of Paris, Paris Musées. Photo © Pierre Even.