The goddess dress flows through fashion history

October 08, 2006|By Tanika White | Tanika White,Sun Reporter

When celebrities saunter down red carpets draped in flowing, curve-conscious, goddess-style dresses, they're not just making a fashion statement, they're making a historical one.

Why does the popular dress keep showing up - from royal courts to marble statues to runways? Fashion theorist, historian and author Valerie Steele can tell you.

"It's a fascinating subject," says Steele, who will speak about the impact classical Greek dress has had on modern fashion in a lecture titled "Goddess: The Influence of Classical Dress" at 2 p.m. today at the Walters Art Museum. "It's one that [has recurred] in the history of fashion ever since the Renaissance."

Goddess-dress lecture Tickets are $10; $5 for students and free to Walters members. You can get them at the door, by registering at or by calling 410-547-9000, ext. 237. The Walters Art Museum is at 600 N. Charles St.

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