Episode 2: Sonia, Meet Gloria

Season #1

In Episode 2, host Katie Harman tells the story of when avant-garde artist and Parisian fashion designer Sonia Delaunay collaborated with Hollywood’s silent screen star Gloria Swanson on a one-of-a-kind coat. A coat that now travels the world as an icon at the intersection of art and fashion. Was their collaboration possibly the first fashion collab? Katie makes her case for why she thinks it deserves the title.

In connection, Katie sits down with Morgan Hutchinson, founder of BURU, who shares her inspiring founder’s story and touching details about the women who serve as her design inspiration. They also reminisce about their mutual love for one particular piece from the BURU x Katie Harman collab - which happens to be a cousin to the coat: the Katie Cocktail Blazer. Shop the blazer, collab, and all of BURU's designs at www.shopburu.com.

If you’re interested in seeing the work of Sonia Delaunay in person, I highly encourage a visit to www.mutualart.com which lists where her art is on display in museums throughout the world.

Subscribe to www.virtuosasociety.com and follow @virtuosasociety on Instagram and Facebook for access to bonus materials from this episode, including video from Katie's visit to the comprehensive Sonia Delaunay exhibit at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humelbaek, Denmark in May 2022. 

Producer: Katie Harman @katieharmanebner

Audio Engineer: Will Cowser @williamcowser

Title Song: “Reflection of the Sun” by Anna Landström