Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST
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California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840

Driving Directions 


Leigh Wishner 
Costume Society of America Western Region 



Attendees are encouraged to park in Lot 3, located right in the center of the map,  just above the University Student Union (USU) where the program will be held. This lot is the most convenient for the USU and University Art Museum. Parking is $7/day and is paid at designated kiosks ("M" in red on the map).

PLEASE NOTE: Visitor license plate numbers will be needed when purchasing the daily parking pass. 

There are new machines on campus which no longer print out a parking pass for your dash. The plate is recorded and from time to time, Parking Control personnel pass through the lots and electronically read the plates, matching up against lists of paid parking. You won't get a pass/receipt to place on your dashboard, but your payment/plate will be recorded.

All parking pay stations accept credit cards and cash. If paying cash, please have exact change available as NO CHANGE IS GIVEN. No refunds are given on short-term or daily parking purchases and all transactions are final.



Looking for a place to eat dinner with friends after the program? Feel like doing a little mid-century modern shopping? Please consider supporting local businesses on Long Beach's RETRO ROW. 4th Street is host to a number of small boutiques specializing in vintage clothing and furnishings, and boasts many dining options as well. A visit would be a fitting way to wrap up after Saturday's program, or keep the theme going on Sunday. Enjoy!


Modernism Mode:

Fashions, Fabrics, and Interiors in Mid-Century America


Inspired by Frank Bros.: The Store that Modernized Modern, the Costume Society of America’s Western Regional bi-annual, themed one-day symposium will feature noted scholars presenting their research on how the mid-century modern aesthetic was conveyed in American fashion, textile, and interior design.  Fashion and textile panelists will include CSA WR members Dr. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, PhD (Independent scholar, author of Fashion Victims:  Dress at the Court of Louis XVI), Christina Johnson (Associate Curator, FIDM Museum), Shelly Foote (President – CSA Western Region/Smithsonian Institution, retired), and Leigh Wishner (Curatorial Assistant, Costume and Textiles, LACMA). CSULB Professor of Design Tom Tredway will provide insight into postwar furnishings in America.


Morning Session:

Shelly Foote, "California for the Unusual": The Affiliated Fashionists of California

Christina Johnson, Rudi Gernreich: "Different and Daring and Colorful and Californian"

Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, Mod Man: The Life and Legacy of Chester Weinberg


Afternoon Session:

Leigh Wishner, "The Artist Paints in Print": Textile Design in Mid-Century America

Tom Tredway, Furnishing Postwar America: Mid-Century Modern and Beyond


The symposium will take place at the California State University Long Beach University Student Union Beach Auditorium. Morning presentations will be followed by a boxed-lunch break; viewing of the Frank Bros. exhibit at the University Art Museum will take place following afternoon presentations.

This event is open to CSA Members, their guests, and the public with CSA registrations. All students are welcome to attend free of charge, but should follow registration process (and will be required to show student ID at check-in). Your choice of boxed lunch is included in the registration fee; lunch is not included for students, but students do have the option to buy a boxed lunch during registration. 

Check-in begins at 9:00am, with morning refreshments provided; program begins promptly at 10:00am. 

This event is co-organized by the Costume Society of America Western Region, CSULB Museum and Curatorial Studies Program, and the CSULB University Art Museum.

Registration/Refund Deadline: March 8