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Isla Carroll Cowan on the occasion of her marriage to Thomas R. Reckling III, October 12, 1957.
(photograph © Gittings)

Something Old, Something New: The Wedding Dress as Fantasy, Memory, and Transformation

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

The Rienzi Spring Lecture takes place in Brown Auditorium Theater on the MFAH main campus.

Speaker: Hazel Clark, Parsons The New School for Design.

Enjoy a discussion about the evolution of the wedding dress, presented in conjunction with the special installation The Wedding Dress, on view at Rienzi. For more information about the content of this lecture, call 713.639.7800.

Reserve your free tickets in advance! Click the "Get Tickets" link above and use your own printer; call 713.639.7771; or visit any MFAH admissions desk. General admission to the museum is free on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell.

About the Speaker
Hazel Clark teaches at the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons The New School for Design. She has had a substantial career as a teacher, administrator, and scholar. One of the first graduates in Britain to be awarded a PhD in the history of design, she has since published and taught internationally on the history and theory of design, with a particular interest in design and cultural identity and a focus on fashion and textiles. Before coming to Parsons, Clark was head of the Swire School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic (now the Hong Kong Polytechnic University).

"The Wedding Dress" is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Most sincere thanks to Isla Carroll Reckling and the Reckling family brides for sharing their family history.