Serial Style: The Business of Being Irene Castle, a new multimedia exhibit curated by WSM and Cornell Fashion + Textile Collection at Tompkins Center for History and Culture, as part of The History Center's new installation Breaking Barriers: Women's Lives and Livelihoods, is on view at TCHC Wednesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm.
Serial Style focuses on Castle's participation in silent film production, fashion industry endeavors, and philanthropy. For the first time ever, Castle's personal photo albums--including movie industry snapshots and photos she took of her everyday life in Ithaca--will be displayed alongside extant examples of dresses from her eponymous fashion line, Irene Castle Corticelli Fashions. Many of these artifacts will be shown against the backdrop of a large, breathtaking portrait of Irene Castle, which was painted around the year 1920 by Professor Olaf Brauner, a Cornell faculty member who was the head of the Department of Fine Arts in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning from 1896 - 1939.
Castle was an ingenious businesswoman, compelling silent film actress, and advocate for animal rights; Serial Style: The Business of Being Irene Castle celebrates the unique ways she broke barriers for women in film, fashion, and philanthropy during the heyday of the Wharton's moving picture production in Ithaca; WSM thanks Cornell University for its support of this exhibit.
Cornell has just acquired an Irene Castle collection. Read more about it here:
Exhibit Hall Hours are 10am-5pm Wednesday through Saturday. Please check The History Center's website for any changes to that schedule.