If you long for for the romance of a time gone by, when clothing said something more than “fast fashion,” this is your lecture!
“How Do I Look? Fashion and Appearance in Art”
A Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture presented by Friends of the Institute and Mia
September 13, 2018
11:00 am Pillsbury Auditorium
Have you ever marveled at the sumptuous clothing in a painting and felt drawn to the satins, velvets, lace and rich color? Perhaps you long for for the romance of a time gone by, when clothing said something more than “fast fashion.” If so, then this is your lecture!
Aileen Ribeiro, longtime Head of the History of Dress Section at the Courtauld Institute of Art, will offer us a fascinating presentation on clothing in art. Presenting a new way of looking at the history of fashion through the eyes of artists, Ms. Ribeiro will show us how artists portrayed dress and textiles in highly imaginative ways. With examples from the 17th to the early 20th centuries, she shows us the fluidity of the boundaries between fashion and art. Themes she may touch on include the ways in which clothing helped to define the nation state; how dressing up and masquerade were key subjects in art and life; and how artists were both inspired by fashion and themselves inspired “artistic” and reform dress.
Aileen Ribeiro read history at King’s College, London, followed by postgraduate study, MA (1971) and Ph.D (1975) at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She was Head of the History of Dress Section at the Courtauld Institute from 1975 to 2009; appointed Professor in the History of Art at the University of London in 2000, she is now Professor Emeritus. She sits on the boards of the British Art Journal and Costume, the journal of the Costume Society. She has published many books and articles on various aspects of the history of dress, the most recent being Clothing Art: The Visual Culture of Fashion, 1600-1914.
Free tickets are available for this lecture starting August 15 for Friends members by calling 612.870.6323 or online by clicking here. Tickets are available August 17 for the general public. Overflow seating will be available if needed.