Beauty in common: Roses and the Arts and Crafts movement

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Hot Cocoa, Strike It Rich, About Face and Betty Boop.
Feel free to judge a rose by its name — yes, those names above really belong to rose varietals — when rose hybrid master Tom Carruth delivers an illuminating lecture this weekend on “Roses and the Arts and Crafts Movement.”
Presented by Friends of The Gamble House, the second installment of its 2009-2010 lecture series highlights the work of Carruth, director of research at Weeks Roses in Pomona.
He will discuss the enduring symbol of the rose as it intertwines with the Arts and Crafts movement, and will share the secrets and future of rose hybridizing.
Pasadena is known as the “City of Roses,” and it earned this floral distinction for a reason. In his lecture, Carruth explains why the city is one of the best in the nation for rose gardening and suggests low-maintenance roses for our climate.
The Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th century was inspired by the writings of John Ruskin and a romantic ideal of the craftsman taking pride in personal handiwork.

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The rose — an enduring symbol of the romantic notions of the movement — is present in works such as William Morris textiles, stylized Charles Rennie Mackintosh furnishings and the “cottage” garden designs of Gertrude Jekyll.
Roses, like designs of the time, are carefully crafted and are seen as timeless symbols of an era of expert craftsmanship.
“Roses and the Art and Crafts Movement,” Saturday, Jan. 23, noon, Art Center College of Design, Ahmanson Auditorium, 1700 Lida St., members $20, general $25, students $15 Tickets: 626-793-3334, Ext. 52, www.gamblehouse.org or at the door.
(Photos courtesy Friends of The Gamble House. At top, Julia Child rose hybrid. Below, Wild Blue Yonder rose hybrid.)

Fashion weekend: Sinking ships and Betsy Bloomingdale

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The Sidney D. Gamble Lecture Series opens its 2009-2010 season tomorrow with two fashion-oriented engagements.

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    At 10 a.m., Kevin Jones — curator of the museum at downtown’s Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising — will speak at Art Center College of Design on “adDRESSING Titanic: Appearance and Identity in 1912.”

The lecture explores the four categories of passengers on the ill-fated ship: first class, second class, steerage and crew. The Titanic is known to have carried some of the day’s illustrious figures of fashion, from those in high society to industry trade to journalists.

Like their wearers, some garments survived the journey, while others were recovered from the site of the wreckage.

  • Jones will also lead a 1 p.m. tour at the FIDM Museum of an exhibit he curated: “High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture.”

Fashion icon and socialite Betsy Bloomingdale, widow of Alfred P. Bloomingdale — heir to Bloomingdale’s department stores and founder of Diners Club credit cards — donated 125 haute couture garments to the museum over 30 years.

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Her French couture wardrobe, purchased from 1961 to 1996, includes designs by Marc Bohan and Gianfranco Ferr for Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Balmain, Yves Saint Laurent and Andr Courrges, along with ready-to-wear by James Galanos, Adolfo Sardina, Oscar de la Renta and Valentino Garavani.

Sixty ensembles are on display, showcasing Bloomingdale’s favorite designers, her personal style and life. Colored sketches, fabric swatches, contemporary photographs and magazine layouts accompany the garments.

Forget cotton; This is the fabric of a life. (Stunning photo gallery of just a handful of gowns below)

Titanic lecture: 10 a.m., Art Center, Ahmanson Auditorium, 1700 Lida St., Pasadena. Tickets.

Bloomingdale tour: 1 p.m., suggested donation: $35 general admission, FIDM Museum & Galleries, Grand Hope Park, 1st Level, 919 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles.

Red evening gown of silk crpe and organza adorned with flowers.
Autumn/Winter 1989-90. Gianfranco Ferr for Dior.
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Silk gazar, dramatic bow-evening gown.
Spring/Summer 1983. Marc Bohan for Dior.
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Gown of polka dot, printed silk charmeuse with black cotton lace and snakeskin trim.
Spring/Summer 1982. Marc Bohan for Dior.
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Black iridescent coq feathers and silk chiffon crepe dress.
1985. Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel.
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(Photos courtesy Brian Sanderson, FIDM Photography; and Friends of The Gamble House)