Pretty gentlemen

Sunday 7 October, 10:30 am - 12pm


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Macaroni men were the English ultra-fashionables of the 1760s-80s. Slippery like the pasta this name evokes, the term ‘macaroni’ was once as familiar a label as ‘hipster’ is today. Their tight suits, clashing colours, high wigs, steel buttons and jewelled snuffboxes indicated a cosmopolitan, fashion-centric outlook, with their own speech and slang. The macaronis included a politician (Charles James Fox), a court painter (Richard Cosway), a criminal parson (Rev. William Dodd), a freed slave (‘Soubise’) and a gentleman-scientist (Sir Joseph Banks). News of their style spread from London all the way to the North American colonies. How did men’s fashion become a form of style politics and youth rebellion in the past and what were they resisting?

The fourth 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)

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Pretty Gentlemen - Student$15.00

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Pretty Gentlemen - non Member$25.00

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Pretty Gentlemen - Member$20.00

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Organiser:
Friends of Te Papa
Phone:
(04) 381 7051
Email:
friends@tepapa.govt.nz
2018-10-07 10:30:00 2018-10-07 12:00:00 Pacific/Auckland Pretty gentlemen A Friends of Te Papa event. More details: https://www.friendsoftepapa.org.nz/event/pretty-gentlemen/. 55 Cable Street, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand Friends of Te Papa friends@tepapa.govt.nz
Venue:
Soundings Theatre, Level 2 Te Papa
Address:
55 Cable Street
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
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