On January 26, 2009, a luncheon honoring fashion designer Arthur McGee was held at the Museum. The luncheon was organized by The Costume Institute and the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative, and sponsored by Lord & Taylor. Following the luncheon, guests enjoyed a tour of Calder Jewelry led by Associate Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art Jane Adlin.
The Fashion of Arthur McGee
Fashion designer Arthur McGee talks about his design philosophy, his nemesis, and his role as a mentor. When he moved to New York City he was told there were no jobs for black designers, but McGee found success early in his career designing costumes for Broadway and working for the American couturier Charles James. In 1957, he became the first African American to head a Seventh Avenue design studio, Bobby Brooks. His success has paved the way for designers of color.
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Produced and Directed by Christopher Noey
Director of Photography: Jessica Glass | Editor: Kate Farrell | Lighting Director: Ned Hallick | Sound Recording: Thomas Myers | Production Assistant: Angela Kim