A series of interesting lectures is also scheduled around the Chinoiserie theme.
From the Courts of Europe to the China Cabinets of California: 400 Years of Chinoiserie and Japonisme in European Ceramics Christina Prescott Walker of Sotheby’s New York will talk about the profound effect Chinese and Japanese decorative arts had on European styles, starting as early as the 17th century.
China Quake: China and World Fashion Today John S. Major, former professor at Dartmorth College, scholar and author, will discuss how Chinese textiles and styles have inspired Western fashion designers throughout the 20th century and how contemporary Chinese-American designers such as Derek Lam, Anna Sui, Vera Wang, and Jason Wu have enlivened the fashion scene.
Chinoiserie at Court: The Influence of China in the Arts of 18th-Centry Europe Her Royal Highness Princess Michael ofKent, author, lecturer and Interior designer, will speak of the obsession European courts have had with China since the mid 17th century. She will highlight key personalities such as Catherine the Great and Marie Antoinette.
Mandarin only is the Man of Taste: Chinoiserie in Britain, 1650-1820 David Beevers, Keeper of the Royal Pavilion in Brighton will bring to life the dazzling interiors of the Royal Pavilion and will trace the enthusiasm for this hybrid aesthetic as expressed in English furnishings and interiors.
Billy Baldwin, America’s King Cotton Decorator Adam Lewis, interior designer and author, will share the discoveries in his book Billy Baldwin: The Great American Decorator. He will recount the designer’s privileged upbringing and his iconic interiors he created for a star-studded clientele, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Babe Paley.
Bring the Past to the Present and Beyond Bunny Williams, interior, furniture and accessories designer and author will introduce her latest book Scrapbook for Living about how to blend antiques with contemporary design. (For a more intimate view of Bunny’s design philosophy please read my interview “Tea With Claudia: Bunny Williams” on Reside)