What I would give for a raspberry beret…Mmmm. Sometimes I dream of fabulous cloche hats and silk scarves, a burnt orange mock dress and big, circular iridescent earrings, or big, flashy collars and flared pants. Or maybe pairing an acid wash jacket with… right, focus. This week we’re focusing on on dresses and jewelry and hats and pretty blouses and… again, focus. In case you hadn’t noticed, I love clothes, so that’s why I am particularly excited about this article. We’ll be looking at some great places to shop (in case you hadn’t noticed, it’s getting cold and you can never have enough sweaters) and at the historical side of fashion.
When: Tue-Sun 11 – 6 Where: Leonard Pearlstein Gallery Cost: Free
The first “large-scale, retrospective exhibition” from Drexel University’s Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection highlights over three centuries of Western, couture fashion history from one of the finest and oldest research collections in the US. There will be garments by Gabrielle Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Charles James, and more. There will also be garments worn by famous American figures such as Princess Grace of Monaco and American socialite Babe Paley.
When: Sunday, Nov 8 10-5 Where: Clover Market (right next to Bryn Mawr Regional Rail Station) Cost: Free admission, prices vary
This seasonal open-air market features over 100 vendors presenting vintage jewelry and clothing along with finely crafted handmaid items, antiques, and original art. Hop on the Regional Rail (Paoli/Thorndale Line) to Bryn Mawr to enjoy food trucks, live music, and arts and crafts as well. The market has been featured in many publications for its unique vendors and vintage selections. It has even earned numerous “Best of” awards.
When: until Jan 4, 2016 Where: The Barnes Foundation Cost: Free with Admission
The Barnes Foundation is currently hosting a collection of wrought iron objects from the Musée le Secq des Tournelles. In addition to jewelry, there will be door knockers, locks, strongboxes, signs, and more to accompany the Foundation’s old master and modern paintings. The exhibition will explore the “fabrication, function and intricate ornamentation” of 150 pieces and the versatility of iron. There’s a lock with spring-loaded manacles ready to catch a lock-pick and an early electrified bat-shaped night-light! Something to see during Open Arts College Night at the Barnes on November 13!
When: Museum Hours Where: The Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University Cost: free with admission
YES, I’m going there. Reptiles! What better way to show your animosity towards the cruel practices used by luxury brands such as Hermes than to learn how these cold blooded animals fit into the animal kingdom and their native habitats. There will be around 20 live reptiles on display including a Monocled Cobra, a Gaboon Viper, and a Reticulated Python. Reptiles are actually really cool, and every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11:45am, the reptile-keeper in charge of feeding all these beautiful animals, Clyde Peeling, will come out and talk about the reptiles.
When: Wed 11-8, Th-Fr 11-6, Sat-Sun 11-5 Where: Institute of Contemporary Art Cost: Free
In her first US museum exhibition, Josephine Pryde’s photos show a style and composition similar to fashion and portrait photography. The work features hands with brightly colored nails completing every day tasks that require touch. “A kind of loop develops in Pryde’s work, feeding back tropes and mutations in photographic traffic, and then presenting the results.” The hands show movement as well as the interaction between objects and ourselves. Check out her art either by walking or riding on the model train “defaced” with graffiti.