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Chic It Up! at Winterthur


Winterthur Design is holding its 6th Annual Chic It Up Conference, and it’s sure to be a party!

For $250; $200 for Winterthur members and professionals working for nonprofits; $100 for students with valid university ID, you can over-indulge in party design and Southern style, all the while reminiscing in history. This fee includes lectures, coffee break, lunch, and two Saturday afternoon workshops/tours.

Editor and historian Mitchell Owens recounts magnificent society parties of the 20th century. Author Danielle Rollins presents elegant entertaining with Southern style. Landscape and party designer Renny Reynolds uncovers the art of staging the great party, and architectural historian and author David Garrard Lowe transports attendees to the grand life on the high seas. The conference also offers workshops on party design elements and an optional tour of private houses featuring some of the most beautiful gardens in the Brandywine Valley. All lectures will be held in Copeland Lecture Hall, located in Winterthur’s Visitor Center.

The private house tour is going to be especially amazing and will sell out fast, as there are only 28 spaces available. The tour encompasses three magnificent Chester County private country places deep in the heart of horse country. We will be visiting the homes of Dr. & Mrs. John R.S. Fisher, Mr. & Mrs. William R. Wister, Jr., and Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Hayne, in Coatesville, Pa. The day culminates back in Delaware with a reservation-only cocktail party at the home of Winterthur’s chairman of the board, whose mature moss garden is a year-round delight.

You must be Chic It Up! conference attendee to partake in any of the festivities.

Conference Schedule
Saturday, September 15
9:00am – Welcome & Introduction with Tom Savage, director of Museum Affairs, Master of Ceremonies

9:15am – Entertaining at Winterthur with Maggie Lidz, estate historian, Winterthur

9:30?10:15am –  Just One Night: The Greatest Parties of the 20th Century with Mitchell Owens, special

projects editor for Architectural Digest, New York

10:15-11:00am: The Great Ocean Liners: The Grand Life on the High Seas with David Garrard Lowe, president of the Beaux Arts Alliance & Cultural Chairman, French Heritage Society, New York

11:00-11:30am  – Break

11:30am -12:15pm – The Art of the Party with Renny Reynolds, landscape designer, party designer & florist, New York

12:15-1:00pm – Elegant Entertaining with Southern Style with Danielle Rollins, Veranda contributing editor and author of Soirée Entertaining with Style, Atlanta

1:00-2:45pm – Cocktails & Luncheon

3:00pm – Shuttle to museum

3:15 ? 4:45pm  & 5:00-6:30pm Workshops (choose two of five workshops)
1. Entertaining at Winterthur with Tom Savage, director of Museum Affairs, Winterthur & Jeff Groff, director of Public Programs, Winterthur
2. Linens for the Table: Winterthur was Made for Entertaining with Linda Eaton, John L. & Marjorie P. McGraw, director of Collections and senior curator of Textiles, Winterthur
3. Entertaining Today: Creating ?The Show? from the Stunning Floral Inspirations of Mr. DuPont’s Dining Room
Meredith Graves, coordinator, Winterthur Flower Program
4. Let’s have a Party with Emily Guthrie, NEH librarian for the Printed Book & Periodical Collection, Winterthur
5. Tour: Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition with Leslie B. Grigsby, senior curator Ceramics & Glass, Winterthur

Sunday, September 16

10am ? 6:30pm – Optional Private Homes Tour & Cocktail Party
For information on how to register, please call 800.448.3883 or visit