Travelogue: Las Vegas

Las Vegas: Costume Society of America National Symposium, Part 3

Dinner at an Italian restaurant at New York, New York.
Dinner at an Italian restaurant at New York, New York.

Hi there! We are Beth Caffery Carter, KHS Collections Management Assistant, and Adam MacPharlain, Churchill Weavers Assistant Project Specialist. We recently attended the 2013 Costume Society of America National Symposium held in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. We are excited to share the highlights our recent trip with you all week long! Check back all week for  new Travelogues from Las Vegas!

Day 5: Final Conference Day

Adam: Saturday morning I attended a panel on Freelancing as a Fashion Historian and learned a lot about the benefits and trials of being a freelancer.  Next up was a session with papers related to dance and costume, from ragtime dance icon Irene Castle to eighteenth century ballet and on to Latina Vedettes. That night I dined at an Italian restaurant in New York, New York.

Beth: One of the sessions that I attended on Saturday was titled “Elizabeth Keckly and Anne Lowe: Recovering An African American Fashion Legacy.” Elizabeth Keckly was Mary Todd Lincoln’s personal dressmaker and confidante.  Anne Lowe was a fashion designer who designed the wedding dress that Jacqueline Bouvier wore when she married John F. Kennedy. It was fascinating to learn about the woman that designed some of the most well-known dresses in First Lady history. At lunch, I sat with other CSA members from the Southeastern Region, and we had a small regional meeting.

Day 6: Back to Kentucky

Beth: My flight left Las Vegas at 8:20am, but I was at McCarran at 6:30am. I made it through TSA in record time, and I had plenty of time to sit at my gate and wait for my flight. After a short layover in Phoenix, I was back in Louisville at around 6:30pm. CSA was a great experience for me. I met many interesting and helpful people: professors, students, museum professionals, reenactors, librarians, costume designers, etc. It was also a good opportunity to share what KHS has to offer. I was sad for the symposium to end, but I hope to attend next year!

Adam: My flight left Vegas at 9:45am, but as I’m paranoid about missing flights, I arrived in my terminal with 2 hours to kill. Luckily, I ran into two of my fellow CSA members who were waiting on a flight to Chicago, so I was able to spend some time chatting with them. Then it was on to my own flight, which took me to Detroit for a long layover and then on to Lexington, arriving after 9pm!

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