Before women were allowed to vote, Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887 – 1973), a Washington Icon, was running her father’s corporation and entertaining in her gilded Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach. She left an indelible mark on Washington through her savvy, fashion sense and more. Explore her extraordinary life as we celebrate Women’s History Month at the Shirlington Branch Library.
Presented by Howard Vincent Kurtz, the Associate Curator of Costumes and Textiles at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens in Washington, D.C., the former residence of the Post Cereal heiress, Marjorie Merriweather Post. For the museum Kurtz has curated three exhibitions highlighting the Post family costumes. His comprehensive book “Ingenue to Icon” chronicles Marjorie’s life through her fashion choices. In addition to his work as a curator, Howard is a Professor of Theater and Head of the Design and Technical Theater Program at George Mason University. As a member of the professional costume union, he has designed costumes at many regional and local theaters in the Washington, D.C. area. Howard was honored to receive the Helen Hayes Outstanding Costume Design Award.