Janet Arnold Study Day: Masculine Attire - It isn’t always Black or Blue

Janet Arnold Study Day: Masculine Attire - It isn’t always Black or Blue

Saturday 06 October 2018

Today women’s fashionable clothing comes in all shapes, colours and sizes and even age doesn’t necessarily become a restraining factor, but it is not so easy for men. Despite the kilt and the sarong, men-in-skirts has not really caught on.

Victorian men in their three-piece suits set a trend of dullness and uniformity but it was not always so.

At this study day we will meet Matthäus Schwarz in ‘The First Book of Fashion’, which catalogues the clothes he wore between 1520 and 1560. He was certainly a man of style and loved his clothes.

Susan North, senior Curator of Fashion 1550-1800 at the V&A, will then explore historical concepts of manliness with her talk entitled ‘Men in Pink’. Think of all that lace and embroidery!

Then we have Shaun Cole, currently Associate Professor in Fashion at Winchester School of Art and Vice Chair of the Costume Society UK, who will tell us about what happened between the late eighteenth century and the late nineteenth century in his talk From Flamboyance to Restraint?

While Ben Whyman, manager of the Centre for Fashion Curation, a research centre based at London College of Fashion, will bring us more up to date with how clothing can tell us stories of men’s lives through a case study of the wardrobe of Sir Roy Strong.

The report on this event is included in the Autumn 2018 issue of WECS Wardrobe.

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