Masqued Performances: Reality and Raiment in the Seventeenth Century, Royal Academy of Arts, 21 May 2019, 18.30-20.00
A contribution to a lecture series that takes a broadly chronological approach to track developments in fashion over eight centuries, from the Middle Ages to modernity. The study of dress enables an understanding of the history of science, economics, politics, social history, art, sport and everything in between. My lecture, dwelling on the seventeenth century, uses the Carolingian masque as a focus to explain how people’s dressed appearance became increasingly scrutinised as commentators conflated clothing and character with greater criticality.
Royal Dress & Appearance: Medieval to Modern, Victoria and Albert Museum, 27-September – 6 December 2019, 14.00-16.30
In 2016, Queen Elizabeth II remarked, “I have to be seen to be believed”. Learn how the clothing and dress of British royalty has changed over the past thousand years to reflect shifting social and political roles. Looking closely at documents, clothing, jewellery, portraiture, and even social media, you’ll explore the wardrobes of key figures, from the Angevins to the Windsors.
Do You Know Who You’re Speaking To?, The Gryphon School, Sherborne, 16 January 2019
A public-speaking skills workshop with students shortlisted to present at TEDxSherborne.
Menswear and Masculinities, Victoria and Albert Museum, Saturday 12 May 2018 – Sunday 13 May 2018
By 2020, the global menswear industry is expected to be worth $33 billion. Referencing the V&A’s diverse collection of men’s clothing and dress accessories, this Weekend Course will unpick the social and political threads that hold the male wardrobe together, considering changing attitudes between the Middle Ages and modernity, and into the future.
The Culture of Fashion: From the Middle Ages to Modernity, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 3 May – 14 June 2016
First impressions count, and throughout history people have altered their appearance in the belief that socially acceptable conduct will confer individual distinction and success. By looking at the culture that has shaped the conception, creation and consumption of clothing and fashion through a series of chronologically themed lectures, we can better understand the surprising, artful and challenging developments that our modern wardrobe has been through. Week four includes a study visit to the Museum of London.