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Revolutionary Dress


Sun 11 Nov 2018, 3:30pm–5:00pm

Where: Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Public: $25.00
  • Member (Friends of Te Papa): $20.00
  • Student: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Friends of Te Papa

Fashion started changing well before the French Revolution of 1789. New ideas about domestic life, ‘taste or aesthetics, sport, and even medicine made the famous model of the French courtier begin to look very old fashioned.

New ideas about fashion were spread by a new innovation, the fashion magazine. Urban shopping was developed. Fashion was transformed by the exercise of individual taste and a new focus on individuality. This week explores the tumult of fashion before and after the Revolution.

It includes the ‘Incredible’ and ‘Marvellous’ ones, the Incroyables and Merveilleuses, who emphasised the theatricality of fashion and wore some of the most extreme fashion ever seen, in the 1790s.

Dr Peter McNeil is a world figure in fashion research and has worked globally between Australia, Sweden and Finland. Currently Distinguished Professor of Design History at University of Technology Sydney and Finland Distinguished Professor at Aalto University, he was Foundation Professor of Fashion Studies at Stockholm University for ten years.

He is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and heads its ‘Arts’ Section. An award winning author and sought-after public speaker, he has published dozens of works on fashion including the bestselling Shoes (with G Riello 2006; 2011). Recent works include Luxury: A Rich History (with G Riello 2016) and Pretty Gentlemen: Macaroni Men and the Eighteenth-Century Fashion World (Yale, 2018).

His works have been translated into many languages including Chinese and Hebrew. He was main writer for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s touring exhibition Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015, the largest show of men’s fashion ever assembled.

Tickets includes a glass of bubbly and free parking.

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