Lunch4design: What’s the Uproar? The Dress that Rocked the 50s – the scandal with the sack.

New Canaan Museum & Historical Society

Oct 19, 2023
11:30 am - 2:00 pm

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Join us for a catered lunch by Diane Browne and hear from Ned Lazaro, the Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles at the Wadsworth Atheneum. He will speak on the topic of "Getting the Sack - Understanding a Late 1950s Garment." It proposes to analyze the sack dress within the context of American fashion during the fall of 1957 and spring of 1958. The modern garment, featuring an undefined waistline that abstracted the female body beneath, was both extremely popular and extremely controversial. The uproar against the style has become legendary, but to term the style a failure glosses over a more nuanced trajectory of 1950s styles, and the legacy the sack dress actually established.

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$125 will include the catered lunch with wine.


New Canaan Museum & Historical Society
13 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT 06840

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Plenty of parking in lot behind main building.

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