Seeing Red - March Study Day

Seeing Red - March Study Day

Saturday 23 March 2013

To celebrate the 40th or Ruby anniversary of WECS this study day is devoted to red and its significance in the clothing and accessories of English culture. The warmest of colours, associated with fiery heat, passion, romance and danger, the connotations of red in the west are juxtaposed to those of the east, where in the Chinese culture red brings luck, prosperity and joy and in India simplicity, purity and candor.

Speakers are: Cally Blackman on Red in Fashion. From royal robes to Oscar ceremony gowns, red has a symbolic significance more varied and powerful than any other colour, especially in this country. The colour of kings, the military, judges, post boxes and London buses, it is the colour of the British brand. Veronica Issac on A wonderful splash of colour exploring the role that red played in the productions at the Lyceum Theatre between 1878 and 1902. Focusing in particular on the costumes of the two leading performers, Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905) and Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928). Catherine Leonard on Red Shoes an item of dress that will resonate with many. Potent myths surround red shoes, especially Hans Christian Andersen’s story, but also in other stories and films. Some of the questions she will be asking will be ‘was the red heel a mark of rank?’ and ‘were there links to ladies of ill repute?’ Caroline de Guitaut on the Royal Jewels, including some spectacular rubies. This year has been the Diamond Jubilee of the succession of Elizabeth II and next year will be the anniversary of the actual coronation, so coronation jewels past and present andhow they were worn will be theme of Caroline’s talk.

The report on this event is included in the Spring 2013 issue of WECS Wardrobe.

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