Tunic, Peru, The Textile Museum 91.341

Film: "The Man in the White Suit"

Chemist Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness) is at a crossroads in his career. He has been trying to invent a long-lasting clothing fiber, but his unreasonable demands for high-end equipment have gotten him fired from job after job. Finally, Sidney creates a white suit that is impervious to the elements—it cannot stain or wrinkle. At first he is celebrated as a hero but, soon enough, the clothing manufacturers realize that the perfect suit is actually very bad for business. (Ealing Studios, 1951, 85 minutes.)

This screening is part of an evening film series, hosted at the museum and inspired by the exhibition Fast Fashion/Slow Art at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design.