Bard Graduate Center Gallery

18 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024 - United States

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The Bard Graduate Center is a graduate research institute in New York City. Our Gallery exhibitions and publications, MA and PhD programs, and research initiatives explore new ways of thinking about decorative arts, design history, and material culture. Founded in 1993, the BGC is an academic unit of Bard College.


French Fashion, Women, and the First World War
September 5, 2019 - January 5, 2020
French Fashion, Women, and the First World War is organized in sections that include the pre-war days of 1914, wartime textiles and fashion, French-American fashion cooperation, women at work, nursing, mourning practices, the seamstresses' strike of 1917, tensions that rose from women's changing identities, and the question of postwar women's rights.

In addition to the carefully selected garments and the range of documentation on view French Fashion, Women, and the First World War provides rich contextual material illustrating tensions within the couture industry during the period, notably the major strike of 1917 by fashion house workers; the idealization and criticism of nurses and their uniforms; changes in mourning etiquette; the efforts of the courtiers, during wartime disorder, to protect and promote their interests abroad; and the suffrage movement, which advanced in the United States and Britain immediately following 1918, but stalled in France, where women did not gain the right to vote until 1944.


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