What are they Wearing!?!

What are they Wearing!?!

Fashion and Identity in British Portraits

This talk by specialist of British art Amelia Rauser will focus on the portraits in Treasures of British Art 1400–2000: The Berger Collection and the clothes the sitters are wearing. Clothing from the Renaissance to the 18th century expressed cultural norms that indicated character and individuality. This talk will look at fashion and its history with special attention to how gender and class are conveyed through clothing. Rauser is the author of Caricature Unmasked: Irony, Authenticity, and Individualism in 18th-Century English Prints (2008), which examines the origins of political caricature in 18th-century England. Her new project, Living Statues: Neoclassical Culture and Fashionable Dress in the 1790s— London, Paris, Naples, is a study of the emergence of a radical style of undress in the 1790s and its connection to contemporary aesthetic, political, and scientific thought. She is an associate professor of art history at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.

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