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VIRTUAL EVENT: Book Talk: A Supreme Fête

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Registration is requested
Free and open to the public

This event will be hosted on the Peabody Essex Museum's Zoom platform. Click here to register for the event. A unique Zoom link will be sent via Lauren Fairweather. 

Virtual Event: Book Talk: A Supreme Fête

with Marcellas Reynolds and Theo Tyson

in partnership with the Peabody Essex Museum

Join the author of Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion Marcellas Reynolds and the Boston Athenaeum’s Polly Thayer Starr Fellow in American Art, Theo Tyson, in conversation and celebration. Reynolds’ groundbreaking publication Supreme Models, is the first-ever book celebrating the lives and legacies of Black models working in the industry for the last 60 years. Filled with stunning photographs and revealing essays, the book details how Black models have been influencing fashion and reshaping the standards and boundaries of beauty. Hosted by Petra Slinkard, the Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles and Director of Curatorial Affairs at Peabody Essex Museum, we invite you to join Reynolds as he shares in his journey of writing and speaks to the impact these iconic women have had on the fashion industry, both then and now.


Marcellas Reynolds is a celebrity stylist, former model, and entertainment reporter who lives in Los Angeles. Obsessed with all things style, Reynolds is the ultimate fashion insider. With editorials in British GQ, British Vogue, and Elle, the “walking, talking fashion Wikipedia” is a top wardrobe stylist. Styling celebrities Rebecca Hall, Sharon Stone, and Justin Timberlake led Reynolds to Hollywood and a career as an entertainment reporter and TV host. You’ve seen him on Access Hollywood, Good Morning America, and the Tamron Hall Show.

Theo Tyson is a curator and avant-garde academic. She interrogates sociocultural themes of race, gender, identity, and sexuality through a lens of fashion, its histories, and theories, married with historical and contemporary photography. Tyson is currently the Polly Thayer Starr Fellow in American Art and Culture at the Boston Athenæum.

Petra Slinkard is the Peabody Essex Museum's Director of Curatorial Affairs and The Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles. She joined PEM's team in 2018 and led the 2019 unveiling of the museum’s first gallery of fashion and design. Slinkard is currently working on the upcoming exhibition Made It: The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion, opening November 21. 



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