The public program for The Fabric of Felicity includes lectures and discussions with Russian and international researchers, and events exploring fashion and theories of fashion through connections between the human body, clothes, culture, museum practices, and curatorial strategies.
On the day of the opening, visitors are invited on free curator-led tours of the exhibition. The program of lectures will feature talks by Fashion Studies pioneer Valerie Steele, professor of Fashion History and Theory Caroline Evans, and director of Collection and Research at the National Galleries of Scotland Christopher Breward among other speakers. Leading Russian researchers will meet to discuss the current state of Fashion Studies in Russia and in the West.
The program of lectures has been developed in collaboration with Lyudmila Alyabyeva, editor-in-chief at Teoriya mody [Fashion Theory], academic director at HSE Art and Design School, and head of MA Fashion Studies at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences.
In November and December, Garage invites visitors to the Weekend School—a project that includes open lectures and closed seminars devoted to the methodology of artistic research and creates a platform for a dialogue between researchers.
Questions raised in the exhibition will be further explored in a film program featuring a selection of international pictures as well as special programs for all age groups.
Monthly Family Days for children and their parents will include lectures on the history of carnivals, weaving, sewing, and wicker traditions in the myths of various cultures. Children are invited on adapted tours of the exhibition and to workshops with Garage tutors and can explore the world of clothes on their own using the special guide with games and creative tasks. Along with tours and master classes, in October teenagers will be offered a program of seminars on fashion in contemporary culture and the role of clothes in the everyday.
The public program for The Fabric of Felicity will for the first time feature special events for the seniors, including curator-led tours, lectures by art and fashion historians, discussions, and creative workshops.
Audio guides in Russian and English, as well as a video guide in Russian Sign Language, will be available at the information stand.