Tradition & Innovation in French Fashion and Culture

Code: LH11040

Dates: September 16 - October 21, 2019

Meets: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Sessions: 5

Location: Creutzburg Center

Course Fee: $76.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

It has been said the French fashion industry "bears the traditions of the country's past and defines its future." Therese, a native Parisian, reflects on these influences as well as how famous designers of Haute Couture become an integral part of the country's economic, cultural and social life. PowerPoint presentation gives a historical survey of French character, society and lifestyle as reflected in gastronomy, fashion and the arts.


No class 9/30
Fee: $76.00

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Creutzburg Center

260 Gulph Creek Road
(in Harford Park)
Radnor, PA 19087
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Therese Casadesus Rawson

Daughter of the late French pianists Robert and Gaby Casadesus, Therese Casadesus Rawson received a PhD in French language and literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977. She has taught French, Humanities, and French Diction and French vocal repertoire to singers at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia for many years. A soprano herself, she performed the French Art Song repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries and having founded the Belle Epoque Trio some years ago, as well as a small chamber music group, the Bach Ad Libitum Ensemble, devoted to the works of that composer. Besides teaching and performing, Therese Casadesus Rawson is also active as a lecturer in a variety of topics pertaining to French culture, music, literature, painting, culinary arts. She has been and continues to be involved with French or Franco-American cultural institutions. She was President of the Alliance de Philadelphie for nearly ten years, and is now President of the Fontainebleau Associations, a New York based support group which organizes a summer Music and Fine Arts program in Fontainebleau, France. Therese Casadesus Rawson was awarded the Palmes Académiques in recognition of her teaching activities, and in 2001, she was nominated to the rank of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in recognition of her efforts on behalf of Franco-American cultural affairs.


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