Historical Lecture Series: Innovators & Inventors – “Beautiful Clothes:” Violet Angotti, Dress Designer

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David E. (Ned) Lazaro will speak about Violet Angotti, a dressmaker who began her career in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1927. Angotti was able to stay in business for over 50 years by marketing herself as an exclusive custom designer, akin to a small Parisian boutique. Her story illuminates a pioneering twentieth-century dress designer’s attempts to cope with an increasingly obsolete profession in the face of changing sources of fashion production. Sponsored by the Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College. Suggested donation $5