Inspiring Beauty: Glossary

Activist – A person who campaigns for some kind of social change, which may involve protesting for a political or a social cause. Civil rights – The rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality. Croquis (French for “sketch”) – In fashion, a croquis is a rough outline sketch of a figure in… Read on

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Inspiring Beauty: Exhibition Overview

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair is a multisensory re-creation of the pioneering runway shows that helped redefine beauty, style, and empowerment for African American women everywhere. This is the first exhibition to explore the Ebony Fashion Fair, which traveled worldwide, including here in Milwaukee, and its director-producer Eunice W. Johnson, through fifty… Read on

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Inspiring Beauty: Digital Resources

Brown Eyed/Blue Eyed: A Class Divided by Jane Elliott How Data Can Make Fashion Ethical? This “4D-Printed” Dress Just Became Part of the Museum of Modern Art’s Collection What Makes it Haute Couture? Videos of the Ebony Fashion Fair Runway Show

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Inspiring Beauty: Design a Magazine

As a class or in small groups, review various magazine covers, such as Ebony, which was highlighted in the Inspiring Beauty exhibition. Ask students to identify the magazine’s key components, for instance, the masthead (or title), cover photo, cover lines (highlighting the stories inside), and the dateline (with the issue date and price). Make a… Read on

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Inspiring Beauty: Compare and Contrast Couture

Choose two haute couture garments from the Inspiring Beauty website and have students compare and contrast them. Discuss what is similar and what is different about the garments. Who might you expect to wear the garment? What function might she attend? Extend the lesson by having students write a narrative story from the perspective of… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Biographies

Sandro Botticelli (Florentine, 1444/45–1510) One of the most celebrated painters of the Italian Renaissance, Sandro Botticelli was known for his elegant style, eminent patrons, and often lyrical approach to his subject matter. He was trained in the workshop of Fra Filippo Lippi (ca. 1406–1469) and spent much of his career working in his native Florence,… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Strike Up the Band

Adapted from Joynear Duncan, education student at Alverno College and Museum summer 2014 Intern. The main forms of entertainment during the Renaissance, when the paintings at the beginning of the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition were made, were music and dance. There were two main types of dances: court dances and country dances. Court dances… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Glossary

Allegory– The representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures, or events in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form. Chiaroscuro– Pictorial representation in terms of light and shade without regard to color. Gesture– The representation of an object’s or figure’s position. Linear Perspective relates to the mathematical system of creating objects that are created three-dimensionally… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Glasgow Museum

The City of Glasgow possesses one of the finest civic collections of Italian paintings. Exquisite early canvases by Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, and Titian highlight their holdings. The museums are also endowed with masterpieces by eighteenth- and nineteenth-century painters such as Francesco Guardi and Antonio Mancini. Accordingly, their collection reflects the true breadth of the… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Form vs. Function

One goal of the Renaissance artist, such as those represented in the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition, was to depict the human form in a way that was realistic. During the same period, Renaissance scientists sought to learn more about human anatomy. This led to collaborations between artists and physicians. Share examples of the human… Read on

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