Tune in to CBS Sunday Morning this coming Sunday, November 2, to see Dr. Mary Davis, dean of the School of Graduate Studies, speaking with correspondent Martha Teichner about the fashions and customs of funerals and mourning. The segment is centered around the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition, Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire.
Dr. Davis specializes in cross-disciplinary studies of music, fashion, and culture. Her most recent book, Ballets Russes Style: Diaghilev’s Dancers and Paris Fashion, earned praise in sources ranging from The New York Times to specialized academic journals. Her earlier books include Erik Satie and the monograph Classic Chic: Music, Fashion, and Modernism, which was short-listed for the Costume Society of America’s Millia Davenport Publication Award. Her other work includes the essays “Refashioning the Fashion Plate: Poiret in Context,” which appeared in the catalogue for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2007 Paul Poiret exhibit, and “Chanel, Stravinsky, and Musical Chic,” published in the journal Fashion Theory.