High heel heaven
Saturday 6 October, 10:30 am - 12pm
What do your shoes say about you? Before they became objects of desire, they had a history. From ancient times to the present day, shoes have worked with both cultural and practical purposes. Shoes are powerful things that allow us to move in and experience the physical and social world. Footwear is blamed for a range of personal and social evils but nonetheless, women’s shoes become more and more extreme. Different shapes, colours and materials for men’s and women’s shoes today revolve primarily around the construction of gender difference… but was it always so? Learn about shoes, power, mobility and history, from Renaissance platforms to shoes in fairytales, from boots for war to the cult of shoe designers.
The third in the series of lectures – Fashion matters: fashion, art and society
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.
Includes parking and 20% off at Espresso (show membership card or event ticket)