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Fashion and art

Friday 13 July 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm

$15.00 – $25.00

The relationship between art and fashion has a long and complicated history. Fashion as a realm of material creation has never been separate from art or design. For centuries artists engaged with and influenced fashion, many designing the very stuff of its support – cloth, as well as creating dress, fashion prints and society portraits. Learn how art forms as different as history painting, sculpture, portrait painting, printmaking and the commercial arts, ephemera and photography of our own era have depicted and promoted new fashions. Experience art twinned with fashion history from the middle ages to our time.

The first in the series of lectures – Fashion matters: fashion, art and society

Save $30 when you sign up to the combo ticket for all 6 sessions!

Fashion is all around us: it can enable change as well as challenge and even divide us. What is fashion: mirror, barometer or change agent? This lecture series opens up the world of fashion across cultures and societies. It explores how western fashion developed through an interaction with Asia and other regions. Understand better the intimate embrace of art and fashion. Learn how to read clothes from the past. Study images of fine fashion, jewels and accessories. Access rare and beautiful items of fashion, including many from private collections. Learn about the fashion worlds of men and women alike, from the middle ages to today. Find your own identities through fashion.

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.

Doorsales will also be available outside the theatre from 4.30pm on the day.

Feature image: From the 2017 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between”


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Friday 13 July 2018
5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
$15.00 – $25.00
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Soundings Theatre, Level 2 Te Papa
55 Cable Street
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand


Friends of Te Papa
(04) 381 7051