An Ursuline graduate, Holzheimer creates art that brings peace, contentment, balance and enjoyment to the viewer. Also an internationally renowned interior designer for Holzheimer Interiors, Inc., she creates unique paintings using acrylic paints and brushless paint techniques. Her works have been displayed in juried art shows in galleries throughout the country. Kathryn not only creates art, but she also teaches art and brushless painting techniques and will be holding the following workshops at Ursuline’s Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery. For more information about the exhibit or attending a workshop, click here.
Currently, I’m finishing up my US 401 culminating seminar class, “Those Fab 60′s.” As a perspective grad student, I decided to take the opportunity to receive grad school credit by writing an extra research paper, so naturally I chose to write about the impact the sixties counterculture had on fashion.
As a general rule, we know fashion is influenced by the values and beliefs of the times, as well as the current events that impacted the way society reacted. Of particular importance would be the Vietnam war and the youth rebellion against the draft, President JFK and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s fashion influence, the “British Invasion” in music talent, and the women’s liberation movement.
For the first time in history, people used clothing to express themselves and share their beliefs with the world. Specifically, denim, which became the symbol of antiwar activism, was worn to show solidarity with the working class AND became a blank canvas to embellish with decorations that expressed peace, love, and rebellion. Hippie fashion also shifted toward Asian inspired garments as the world focused on Vietnam and China. Hippies also became fascinated with the teachings of Asian religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism.
Another example of wearable art evolved from the emergence of the “British Invasion,” the trend toward British culture, the Mod movement and British performing artists such as The Beatles and The Doors. Like the hippies, the Mods had very similar interests and a love of brightly colored clothing for men and women. Mod fashion however, was more sleek and cutting edge than the hippies’. Mod styles were adorned with geometric shapes and lines and sometimes were constructed out of unconventional materials such as metallic fabrics and plastics–which were reminiscent of the Space Race.
Lastly, the President and the first lady were viewed as style icons. The media allowed the public to have an inside look into the life of the first family and the public fell in love with the Kennedy’s. While JFK’s refusal to wear a hat was detrimental to the haberdashery industry, the first lady’s signature pillbox hat was a blessing for the millinery industry! But Jackie Kennedy’s style was owed to designer Oleg Cassini, with whom she trusted to make her look her best when in the public eye.
To learn more about first lady fashion, check out Dr. Connie Korosec’s fabulous presentation on Live on Lakeside. The interview features items from Ursuline College’s Historical Costume Collection.