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Collector’s Circle Lecture: Alexandra Kim

Alexandra Kim, former Curator of Collections at Kensington Palace in London, will look at “Gentlemen as Fine as Ladies’ Dressing for the Eighteenth-Century Court.” Kensington Palace was the home of Princess Diana. Her son Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, will occupy a wing in this palace beginning in 2013.

Mrs. Kim was one of the key curators who prepared for the grand reopening of Kensington to the public this year and played a large role in The Enchanted Palace exhibition in 2010. For that popular show, some of Britain’s most innovative designers created installations and displays for the state apartments at Kensington.

Vivienne Westwood, for example, created a dress for the rebellious Princess Charlotte, daughter of King George IV, and William Tempest produced a dress inspired by the young Queen Victoria. Fashions from the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, worn by Diana and Princess Margaret, were also displayed.

Mrs. Kim curated Jubilee—a view from the crowd, currently on view at Kensington Palace and designed to fall during Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the recent 2012 Summer Olympics. This exhibition honors Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee through costumes, photographs, newspaper articles, ads, and memorabilia. Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to reign for 60 years. A grand procession on June 22, 1897 involved 50,000 troops and drew three million people to London.

Before joining the staff of Kensington Palace, Mrs. Kim worked at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and with the dress collection at the Chertsey Museum in Surrey. She was the Keeper of Art, Clothing, and Textiles for Buckinghamshire County for six-and-a-half years. She studied modern history at Pembroke College, Oxford and earned an MA in the history of dress at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and another MA in museum studies at the University of Leicester.

Open to the public.  Free with Museum admission.

Sponsored by: Northern Trust

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December 6, 2012

6:30–7:30 pm

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