The New Canaan Branch of American Association of University Women will host Patricia Forelle, a 2011 Bessie Award-nominated costume designer for the Brooklyn Ballet, on Thursday, March 8, at 9:30 a.m. at Waveny House. Her topic of discussion will be "Dressing for the Dance."

Forelle has worked for 40 years in the visual design field for television, theatre, ballet and private interiors. A longtime collaborator of the Brooklyn Ballet, last season she was behind the design of the Baroque-inspired costumes in Lynn Parkerson's "La Folia" in which she conveyed the elegance of dress and sense of magnificence and opulence of the French court during the 1700s. Her costume design appeared in sharp contrast to the unadorned modern professional dancer of today. It is for this work that Forelle was nominated for the 2011 New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award for costume design.

Forelle launched her career with Young & Rubicam after graduating from Newton College of the Sacred Heart with a bachelor's degree in studio art. As a stylist/costume designer, she was involved in the entire creative process for a variety of productions for television. Later, she worked with production companies as a costume designer, subsequently founding her own interior design company as well as traveling in the U.S. and Europe on assignment. While living part-time in France and influenced by the easy elegance of the French, she began graduate studies with a semester of art and art history at the American School in Paris and French at the Sorbonne. She also received a master's degree in French language and civilization from NYU.

Her presentation "Dressing for the Dance," which is illustrated with more than 100 powerpoint images, kicked off Brooklyn Ballet's 10th anniversary season and focuses on the role of dance in the political, social and economic life of France from Louis XIV to Louis XVI.

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All members and their guests are invited to attend this discussion. RSVP to Maureen Gilfeather at 203-322-6864 or Valerie Connolly at 203-258-2404. Visit