Exhibit runs September 24 – December 13, 2015
Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library @ Southern Methodist University
The exhibition features fashion design sketches, circa 1933-1942, by Nancy B. Hamon (1918-2011) from the Jake and Nancy Hamon Papers, housed in Jerry Bywaters Special Collections in the Hamon Arts Library, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Mrs. Hamon was a multi-talented individual who enjoyed sketching and painting. She was an Interior Designer and, at one time, painted a mural on the wall of Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas. She was also a dancer and actress, who worked with Carl Reiner in theater in Hawaii during the 40’s, either during or shortly after World War II. She also performed with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in a couple of movies, although she said “I always ended up on the cutting room floor.” Mr. & Mrs. Hamon were avid party-givers for many years. The parties were lavish costume affairs and she sketched the invitations and then had them printed. Mrs. Hamon kept a journal from the time she was a young girl. If the internet had been available in her youth, she would have been an avid blogger!
Mrs. Hamon’s fashion design sketches were completed while she was in her late teens and early twenties. The vibrant sketches were created using tempera, watercolor, pen and pencil on paper. These wonderfully executed sketches demonstrate Mrs. Hamon’s remarkable talent and lifelong passion for the arts and fashion.