Highfield Hall & Gardens’ Co-Executive Director and Chief Interpretation and Engagement Officer, Joanne Ingersoll, will present a series of talks relating to fashion and design for the winter 2020 season. Joanne is an expert on late-nineteenth-century design, and textiles and is excited to bring her vast knowledge to Highfield and the community. This series is happening in conjunction with the exhibit:
Personae Gratae: Begin at Home
Opens Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 – Closes Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
(Falmouth, Massachusetts) Paisley: From Fashion Icon to Furnishing Staple: A special lecture on the topic of paisley is taking place on Thursday, February 6, 2020, from 4:30 PM to 6 PM in the South Gallery at Highfield Hall & Gardens. Throughout the nineteenth-century, paisley: the motif, the object, and the manufacture are prominently featured in the arts of fashion and design. This presentation traces paisley from its exclusive and exotic status as an imported shawl from India to a production woven shawl made in Paisley, Scotland. As silhouettes changed, so has the taste for shawls, and in recent history, paisley has become a ubiquitous interior furnishing motif. Using historical sources, from portraits and genre paintings, the timeline of paisley’s popularity will be examined and celebrated in this lecture.
Design Lecture Series:
• Thursday, February 6, 4:30PM – 5:30PM, Lecture series, Paisley: From Fashion Icon to Furnishing Staple, tickets, $15/$20
• Thursday, March 5, 4:30PM – 5:30PM, Lecture series, “Tastemakers” and other Influences of the American Home (1878-1950), tickets, $15/$20
About Highfield Hall & Gardens
Highfield Hall & Gardens is a magnificent Victorian mansion with beautiful gardens located in the heart of Falmouth, Massachusetts. The estate is a unique combination of historic house, expansive gardens and trails, and a vibrant cultural center. Built in 1878 as the summer home for Boston’s Beebe family, the mansion sits on 5.5 pristine acres surrounded by nearly 400 acres of conservation land and public walking trails. Highfield Hall & Gardens is not a typical historic estate. It is a superb example of an historic building saved by grassroots community support. The tenacity and vision that continue as new research on the structure, its story and that of the people who lived here add to the building’s significance. Highfield Hall & Gardens offers world-class music, international art exhibitions, culinary classes, family programs, and year-round special events. For more information, visit highfieldhallandgardens.org.
Highfield Hall & Gardens’ mission is to honor the beauty and historic significance of the house and grounds by providing high-quality artistic, cultural, and educational programs for the enrichment of our community and visitors of all ages.