Women’s Museum of California presented a virtual event on handbags on July 23. Award-winning veteran journalist Sandra Maas was MC for the evening. She is the VP of external affairs at the museum. Her mission is to help women achieve equal pay in the workplace.
She introduced the executive director Felecia W Shaw who talked about her vision to make everything more accessible to all women of all backgrounds. She talked about the upcoming programs.
The year is the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote and they will have some events coinciding with the 19th Amendment. They have also collaborated with a dance organization that will interpret what the suffragettes went through during that period. We are still fighting the same issues today. The biggest announcement was their new partnership with San Diego History Center. They will be moving the archives into in the History Center in Balboa Park.
Camille Brown who is the director of collection and the library gave an amazing presentation on purses. She said that 95% of the purses in their collection were donated by one collector. Brown started with a tiny purse from the 1700s called Reticule. Previously, women carried everything in pockets. We were shown handbags from the ’20s, ’30s, and ’50s and the bigger pursers of the ’60s. As the purses got bigger the pockets got smaller.
It was a statement to say, “Here is what I think of myself.” Brown was wearing nitro gloves, which are needed to protect beaded and sequin items whereas cotton gloves worked well for holding paper and film. If you would like to know more about this museum or their upcoming events, visit www.womensmuseumca.org.
IFFA WINNERS 2020
The 11th annual La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival was presented on July 25. There were 40 different countries tuning in virtually from around the world. The founder and producer, Fred Sweet, hosted the event that showed seven films and gave out all the IFFA Awards. Kudos to Sweet for undertaking the production of this huge virtual event. All the films can be viewed at ljfff.com.
The film “Season of Aeon” took home the award for the Best Picture. “Inhuman Love” captured the most awards: Best Visual Effects to Adam and Nick Hayes, Best Set Design to Alexander Kin Chen and Jim Hsieh, and Best Costume Design to Alexander King Chen.
“My Favorite Season” had a storyline about an intern receiving a job at a design house. That received Best Director for Raymond Lawrence Sullivan and Best Actor for Alain Benatar. “Anyway” filmed breathtaking scenery in Florence and director Rossano B. Maniscalchi won Best Cinematography. “New Religion-Another Perspective” was awarded Best Makeup and Best Hair to Tetyana Aleks.
Antonio Contreras and Tom Concordia were awarded Best Documentary for “L’Hommage 2020.” This film was a tribute to New York LGBTQ and youth. It was organized by Anthony Stropoli and was to take place at the Judson Memorial Church. When the event was canceled, Antonio Contreras finished the film with his amazing artwork.
Best Art Direction went to Miranda and Mary Emuz in “Stoners/Slices of Infinity” about sustainability. This year, LJFFF added the category Best Fashion Dance, which was awarded to “Marp-Ikebana.” Mykhailo Dolgin made a film about believing in miracles right here in San Diego and was awarded Best Message with “Beautiful Ugly.”
Additional awards included: Best Fashion “Radio Frequency,” Best Actress Daria Polunini in “Exhale,” Best Editing Jordi Mansana in “Knitting Dream,” Best Creative Concept Dean Alexander in “Eyes Say More Than Words,” Best Music Julian Erhardt and Victoria Hillestad in “Temple of Eternity,” Best Sound Design Nicolai Kornum in “The Trophy,” Best Cast Ensemble “Rory,” Best Accessories Lina Osorio in “My own Star Fashion Film,” Best Narration Alexandra Pineiro in “Diary of Hidden Bodies,” Best Jewelry “Alpha.”
Sept. 26 – 16th annual Virtual Event, “Strut for Sobriety!” The event will have an award ceremony and fashion show to be held by A New PATH. The event celebrates recovery from drug addiction. Fashion show produced by Gretchen Productions. For info: 619-6701184.
Oct. 17 – Fashion Week San Diego 2020 now has passes on sale for their Virtual
Runway Show with 9 Designers. Purchase your virtual front-row pass at fashionweekdsd.com.
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