High Flown Fashion: Women Pilots and the Selling of Aviation, 1909–39

Image: The Queenslander Pictorial, Jan 9th, 1936 from Picture Queensland, State Library of Queensland.Joins us as Madelyn Shaw, Smithsonian Institution; Curator of Textiles presents a free public lecture, High Flown Fashion: Women Pilots and the Selling of Aviation, 1909–39.

Where: Queensland Museum Theatre, level 2
When: Thursday, 24 September 2015 at 6pm

RSVP Mark Clayton
Senior Curator, Social History
t. 3840 7679
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mark.clayton@qm.qld.gov.au

In 1928, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air, when she rode as a passenger in a plane captained and navigated by two men. This flight, coming a year after Charles Lindbergh’s nonstop solo flight between New York and Paris in May 1927, heightened the marketing frenzy among manufacturers and designers eager to share in the lustre of aviation’s heroes. Earhart (who later made the trans-Atlantic flight on her own) joined Lindbergh as the most influential spokespersons for American aviation. But the years between 1909 and 1939, sometimes considered aviation’s “Golden Age,” produced many female pilots—household names in their day—who worked hard for the cause of aviation. This slide-illustrated talk will explore how “clothes made the [wo]man,” helping female pilots promote aviation as a safe, commonplace mode of transportation.

More info on Madelyn Shaw:
Madelyn Shaw is an eminent textile historian and exhibition curator, an expert in getting to history through fabric. She is the award winning author of Homefront and Battlefield: Quilts and Context in the American Civil War, a publication of the American Textile History Museum in association with a travelling exhibition of the same name. She has been recently appointed as Textiles Curator of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. She is in Brisbane as a visiting academic fellow of Griffith University.

Madelyn Shaw is an eminent textile historian and exhibition curator, an expert in getting to history through fabric. She is the award winning author of Homefront and Battlefield: Quilts and Context in the American Civil War, a publication of the American Textile History Museum in association with a travelling exhibition of the same name. She has been recently appointed as Textiles Curator of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. She is in Brisbane as a visiting academic fellow of Griffith University.

A joint Queensland Museum and Griffith University initiative.

 

 

Event Details

Dates
24 September 2015, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location
Level 2 Theatre
Cost
Free

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