Behind the Seams with Designer Michelle Smith

Tue, December 15, 2020 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM) PST

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Behind the Seams with Designer Michelle Smith

Tue, December 15, 2020 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM) PST


A conversation with designer Michelle Smith formerly of Milly, with senior historian, and interim chief curator Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw

Former First Lady Michelle Obama is known for wearing and supporting American designers and clothing brands. This interest may be best represented in the now-iconic dress by Milly that she wears in the National Portrait Gallery’s 2018 painting of her by Amy Sherald. Join the dress’s designer, Michelle Smith, and the Portrait Gallery’s senior historian and acting chief curator, Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, as they discuss this remarkable garment, the “power of the needle” to change women’s lives, and the new clothing line that Smith is now in the process of launching.

This program is connected to the exhibition Every Eye Is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States, curated by Shaw.

The virtual program is December 15 at 5pm.

After registration, a Zoom link will be forwarded to registered participants 24- 48 hours in advance of the program. The email will come from Eventbrite. Please only register for yourself. We will only allow participants into the program if their name (and email address) is on the registration list.

The Portrait Gallery strives to provide programs that are accessible to all visitors. For questions, or to request accommodations such as captioning, please email at least two weeks in advance of the program.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM  PST
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