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The Life and Impact of Calendar Girl Ruth Finley

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7 pm

Free event

For more than 70 years, the influential subscription-only Fashion Calendar with its iconic pink pages and red covers laid out every fashion show and event in New York City, including New York Fashion Week. Behind it was founder Ruth Finley. Join us for an engaging conversation about this fashion trailblazer, featured in a new documentary screened in conjunction with Salem Film Fest. Guests include director Christian D. Brunn, writer/producer Natalie Nudell, associate producer/Fashion Calendar employee Mary Myers Hackley, and PEM’s own Petra Slinkard, The Nancy B. Putnam Curator for Fashion and Textiles.

This program is supported by the

Lowell Institute


Christian D. Bruun
Bruun is a director, producer and cinematographer of documentary and narrative film and television. In addition to directing Calendar Girl, he recently completed The Burning Child and award-winning documentaries Please Hold the Line, Secondo Me, and The Road Movie (winner of British National Film & TV Awards), and directed, produced, wrote and shot Blue Gold: American Jeans, acquired by Netflix.

Mary E. Myers Hackley
Hackley is a Louisiana native with a B.A. in history from Louisiana State University and a minor in theater. She embarked on a career working for Ruth Finley at Fashion Calendar, where she assisted, edited the calendar and covered events for Fashion International. Today, she works as a Law Journal Coordinator for Louisiana Law Review and LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources.

Natalie Nudell
A producer and writer of Calendar Girl, Nudell is a historian of fashion and textiles and an adjunct assistant professor in the History of Art Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Her publications include Ruth Finley’s Fashion Calendar in The Hidden History of American Fashion (Bloomsbury, 2018), and she regularly contributes to academic publications on the history of the American fashion runway.

Petra Slinkard
Slinkard is Director of Curatorial Affairs and The Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles at PEM. She fosters the growth and inclusive spirit of the museum’s celebrated fashion initiative, oversees the newly opened Carl and Iris Barrel Apfel Gallery of Fashion and Design and is the co-curator of Made It: The Women who Revolutionized Fashion.

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Photo by Christian D. Bruun.