Tiny chic makes big splash at BMAAt...


Tiny chic makes big splash at BMA

At the end of World War II, the French wanted to reestablish their primacy in the world of fashion, but they had a problem: a shortage of materials prevented the designs from being made full-size. So designers created miniature versions that were displayed on wire mannequins one-third human-size and placed in miniature theatrical sets. Fifty-three design houses participated, and the costumes were made faithful in every detail, down to shoes, handbags, furs and jewelry. The show toured Europe and America in 1945 and 1946, after which the mannequins and costumes came to rest at the Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, Wash. In the 1980s they were rediscovered, and sent on an international tour that brings them to the Baltimore Museum of Art beginning today and continuing through April 25. For more information, call (410) 396-7100. The Tony Award-winning National Theatre of the Deaf brings its production of "Ophelia," an original script by Jeff Wanshell, to Howard Community College's Smith Theatre for two performances, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Derived from Shakespeare's "Hamlet," this new work makes Ophelia the central character, transforming her from a doomed teen-ager into Hamlet's bride and co-conspirator. The production, which is fully accessible to deaf and hearing audiences, is directed by Will Rhys and Robbie Barnett of Pilobolus Dance Theatre. Tickets are $10 and $12. Howard Community College is on Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Call (410) 964-4900.

Wynn Rousuck Sylvia Adalman, who died last summer, was one of Baltimore's great ladies. The Peabody Conservatory, which was the beneficiary of both Adalman's largesse and her interest, celebrates her memory Wednesday night at 8:15 p.m. in Friedberg Hall with what promises to be an interesting concert. Mezzo-soprano Marianna Busching, violist Roberto Diaz and pianist Michael Cordovana join forces for a program that includes songs of Schumann, Brahms, Hans Pfitzner, Frank Bridge, de Falla, Ives, Ned Rorem and R. Huntingdon Woodman. Admission is $5 (for seniors and students) and $10. For information, call the Peabody box office at (410) 659-8124.

Stephen Wigler

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