Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park Plans Unforgettable Evening of Fashion Inspired by Fine Art

Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park Plans Unforgettable Evening of Fashion Inspired by Fine Art
March, 2015 Client News
SAN DIEGO – April 9, 2015 – The Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park will open its doors for a rare exhibition of fashion inspired by fine art at the eighth annual Art of Fashion 2015 fundraiser planned for Monday, April 20, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. More than 200 fashion enthusiasts from throughout Southern California will attend the event, led by honorary chair Dame Zandra Rhodes, international fashion icon and designer. Organizers aim to raise $100,000 at this year’s Art of Fashion, with proceeds supporting the museum’s outreach programs.

Ten graduate student costume designers from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s (UCLA TFT) David C. Copley Center for Costume Design have created half-scale costumes inspired by Claude-Joseph Vernet’s 1749 “A Seaport at Sunset” from the Timken collection. Original costume designs ranging from classic to wildly dramatic will showcase the talents of the students. Each student performed extensive research and infused a certain element of the masterwork in their one-of-a-kind designs, from the unusually large sky, the lighthouse, the ships in the harbor, the tradesmen and their families to the distinctive landscape of the mountain range.

Prior to the evening’s soiree, Rhodes and an honorary committee of fashion-forward and civic-minded female philanthropists will judge the designs at an exclusive private luncheon in the museum, which includes remarks by Academy Award-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Ph.D., professor and founding director of the UCLA TFT Copley Center. At the luncheon, Landis will reveal the competition criteria and discuss each design. The name of the winning designer will be announced at the evening reception and will be presented with a $5,000 scholarship.

Last year, two UCLA TFT graduate costume design students, Adam Alonso and Caitlin Doolittle, were announced as the winners of Art of Fashion 2014: A Design Competition. Their designs were inspired by Thomas Gainsborough’s “A Peasant Smoking at a Cottage Door,” which was featured in the Timken exhibit “Object Lessons: Gainsborough, Corot, and the Landscape of Nostalgia.” Partygoers this year will have the opportunity to see the winning designs from last year’s gala as well as those from previous Art of Fashion events: Masterworks on display will come to life as guests examine the remarkable costumes up close and speak with the designers about their creations.

“Art of Fashion is one of the most important events to the Timken,” says Anita Crider, chief operating officer, Timken Museum of Art. “It’s a brilliant way to construct a creative and interdisciplinary educational opportunity for extremely talented costume design students and it allows us to raise funds for our programs to keep the love of fine art alive in San Diego.”

About “A Seaport at Sunset”
Claude-Joseph Vernet, 1714-1789
A Seaport at Sunset, 1749
Oil on canvas, 114 x 164.1 cm (44-7/8 x 64-5/8 in.)

Claude-Joseph Vernet, a native of Avignon, went to Rome in 1734 and over the next decade established himself in Italy as a painter of real and imaginary landscapes based on the local countryside and seacoast. In this painting, the artist depicts an idealized Mediterranean seaport, rather than a specific location, and uses a variety of features from the region. The lighthouse is actually in Naples; the Arch of Constantine is in Rome and the lateen-rigged ship on the right is a type common to the eastern Mediterranean. The large warship fires a salute and the nearby ships fly the Dutch flag, indicating that the painting may have been commissioned by a Dutch client.

See the painting here.

Art of Fashion 2015
A rare fusion of fine art and fashion
Honorary Chair Zandra Rhodes
Monday, April 20, 2015
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Cocktail party to honor the designers
$70 for non-members /$55 members/student rate
Attire: Be a fashionista
For more information, call 619-239-5548
1500 El Prado Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
Purchase tickets online.

About the Timken Museum of Art
Located in San Diego’s historic Balboa Park on the Plaza de Panama, the Timken Museum of Art is the permanent home of the Putnam Foundation’s world-class collection of European and American art and Russian icons. It is the only museum in Balboa Park that offers free admission to public. Masterworks in the collection span 700 years of history and range from 14th century altarpieces through 18th century portraits and landscapes to 19th century still lifes. The works of Italian, Dutch, Flemish, French and American painters are represented, including those of Veronese, Guercino, Petrus Christus, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Jacques-Louis David and John Singleton Copley. The collection also includes the only Rembrandt painting on public display in the area.

Known as one of the finest small museums in the world, the Timken Museum of Art is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays, noon to 4:30 p.m. It is closed on Mondays and major holidays. For more information, visit TimkenMuseum.org. Follow on Facebook at Timken Museum of Art or Twitter or call (619) 239-5548.

About The UCLA David C. Copley Center for Costume Design
Founded in 2009, The David C. Copley Center for Costume Design serves students at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, the UCLA community, international film and fashion historians and professional costume designers through groundbreaking research, exhibitions, publications and symposia.

About the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
The vision of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television is to serve as a premiere global interdisciplinary professional school that develops outstanding humanistic storytellers, industry leaders and scholars whose diverse, innovative voices enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better world. Consistently ranked as one of the top entertainment and performing arts institutions in the world, UCLA TFT offers an innovative curriculum that integrates the study and creation of live performance, film, television and the digital arts. The distinguished graduate and undergraduate programs at UCLA TFT include acting, directing, writing, producing, animation, cinematography, lighting design, set design, costume design, sound design, moving image archive studies, and the school offers doctoral degrees in theater and performance studies and cinema and media studies.