Annual Art of Fashion: Costume and Culture event

Annual Art of Fashion: Costume and Culture event

Art-Inspired Fashion at the Timken’s annual Art of Fashion: Costume and Culture event. It is not everyday that fashion is inspired by 14th century art. Six graduate designers at UCLA’s The David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design were challenged to design and create a costume inspired by the Timken painting, Madonna and Child by di Buonaccorso.

The museum will display the student-created costumes on April 19 through May 7. Museum patrons and visitors will experience the culmination of hours of time and energy the graduate students put into the dresses and vote for their favorite design. Voting is free and open to the public, with the winner announced at the Art of Fashion: Costume & Culture event on May 7 at 7 p.m. Ticket purchase is required to attend.

Event attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience the painting of inspiration, meet the designers, study the designs and learn about the design process from Deborah Nadoolman Landis Ph.D, founder of the David C. Copley Center for Costume Design. Academy Award-nominated Landis will present the winning design, with a scholarship. 

Event Chair Lori Waltonsays , “I’m proud to support the Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park. They are free to the public and I’m a firm believer that art should be available to everyone, not just people who can afford it.”

Art of Fashion: Costume and Culture is a night to remember as it marries the prestigious Old Masters of the Timken with the creativity of contemporary student designers. One of those designers, UCLA student Casaubon decided stop her Occupational Therapy education to pursue the arts. “I realized that I missed creating …,” said Casaubon. “My work in costume design attempts to look at the different ways in which body movement and gait can be altered though the use of costume.”

Art of Fashion: Costume and Culture Tickets and sponsorship opportunities start at $150, with VIP tickets including a exclusive gallery talk with Derrick R. Cartwright, Ph.D, Timken Curatorial Director, premium reserved cabaret seating, tableside wine service and more.


About the Timken Museum of Art

Affectionately called San Diego’s “jewel box” of fine art, the Timken Museum of Art is located in San Diego’s historic Balboa Park on the Plaza de Panama. It is the permanent home of the Putnam Foundation’s significant collection of European old masters, 19th century American art and Russian icons. Notable works in the collection include Rembrandt's “Saint Bartholomew” (the only painting by the Dutch artist on public display in San Diego); Pieter Bruegel the Elder's “Parable of the Sower;” John Singleton Copley's “Portrait of Mrs. Thomas Gage;” Eastman Johnson's classic “The Cranberry Harvest: Island of Nantucket;” and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's “View of Volterra.” Known as one of the finest small museums in the world, the Timken provides visitors with an accessible and enriching cultural experience featuring a beautiful collection, intimate surroundings, and free admission.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays, noon to 4:30 p.m. It is closed on Mondays and major holidays. For more information, visit Follow the museum on Facebook or Twitter at @TimkenMuseum or call (619) 239-5548.