Fabrics, Furnishings and Fashion: Textiles in the Art Deco Period

Program at Moderne Gallery on Friday, October 4 presented in conjunction with “First Fridays,” Old City Open House Events October 1991 through June 1992


with Robert Hochberger Gruber, Drexel University

(September 1991)

Philadelphia, PA (September, 1991) … Top off a fun-filled “First Friday” evening stroll in Old City with the perfect finale — “Fabrics, Furnishings and Fashion: Textiles in the Art Deco Period” — a fascinating look at the unique and exciting textiles of this stylish period. Presented in association with the Textile Arts Society, the program is free and open to the public and begins at 8 p.m. at the Moderne gallery, 111 N. Third Street, Philadelphia, PA.

The Moderne gallery’s owner/importer Robert Aibel will lead the lively discussion and will be joined by Roberta Hochberger Gruber, assistant professor of fashion at Drexel University, and Michael Gruber, principal of Gruber Design Associates, an interior design firm. Their remarks will be illustrated with textiles and rugs from Moderne and with costumes from Drexel University’s fashion collection.

“Fabrics, Furnishings and Fashion” is presented in conjunction with “First Fridays,” a series of Open House events held the first Friday of each month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Old City section of Philadelphia. Thirty-one antique and decorative art showrooms and art galleries are participating in “First Fridays” from October 1991 through June 1992.

Moderne specializes in top quality French and American Art Deco furnishings from the 1920’s ’30s and ’40’s. Robert Aibel is a scholar, art historian, film maker and senior lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. He established Moderne in 1985 after completing a doctorate in aesthetic communication at Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication. An antiques dealer since 1970, Aibel decided to specialize in Art Deco because of his own passion for the design of the period. His home is completely decorated with Art Deco furnishings.

Moderne is open Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Telephone: (215) 923-8536.

Interviews with Robert Aibel by appointment. Photos are available.
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