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Costume society offers special presentation at Maryhill Museum

Activities to occur on Oct. 27

Join us for two special presentations by Maryhill's curators on Native American basketry and the Theatre de la Mode.

Costume Society of America's Western Region members will be visiting Maryhill Museum of Art on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join for a tour of two exhibitions of exquisite design and handwork and the luncheon business meeting.

At 11 a.m., Mary Dodds Schlick will give a curator's tour of the baskets in the gallery of Native People. A master artist in the Oregon Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, Mary's experience is based on 40 years of work with Native American weavers, including 16 years in residence on Indian reservations in Washington and Oregon.

She is the author of Columbia River Basketry: Gift of the Ancestors, Gift of the Earth and more recently Coming to Stay, A Columbia River Journey about her life among the Plateau People.

She is the adjunct curator of the museum's Native American collections.

At noon the Costume Society of America will conduct its luncheon business meeting for the Western Region. Unregistered members may attend by paying the museum's general admission fee and have the choice of buying their own lunch from the Maryhill Cafe.

At 1:30 p.m., join Betty Long-Schleif, Maryhill's collections manager, for an inside look at the famed 1946 Theatre de la Mode French fashion mannequins.

"This collection is the main reason I came to work at Maryhill Museum 19 years ago," Long-Schleif says. "They are a priceless part of fashion history."

Conceived by leading fashion designers and artists to support war relief after the devastation of World War II, this collection is the only one of its kind in the world. It came to the museum in 1952.

Since then it has traveled to France, London, Tokyo, New York, Baltimore, Portland, Honolulu and Seattle. This year part of the exhibit will travel to Barcelona, Spain.


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