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“Egyptomania: Fashion Expounding on Prejudice Perpetuated by Egyptology”

Egyptology and Egyptian archaeology were cemented by the early 20th century. After the 1922 discovery of King Tut’s tomb, fashion fiercely adopted Egyptomania as an inspiration despite Egypt’s sporadically having inspired design and branding in previous decades.

Members of the Case Western Reserve University community are invited to a lecture exploring Egyptology’s impact on modern and contemporary fashion Wednesday, April 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s lecture hall.

Darnell-Jamal Lisby, Cleveland Museum of Art’s assistant curator of fashion, will present “Egyptomania: Fashion Expounding on Prejudice Perpetuated by Egyptology.”

Lisby is the curator of the museum’s exhibition “Egyptomania: Fashion’s Conflicted Obsession.”

He will discuss the impact of Egyptomania in fashion during the first half of the 20th century and examine the dialogue around racism, fueled by Egyptology, that fashion participated in perpetuating.

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