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'Le habit noir' - Men in Black

Were men in the 19th century just a neutral backdrop to the ebb and flow of female fashion, or did men also engage in and explore sartorial style?


In 1863 Charles Baudelaire, wrote about the ‘Painter of Modern Life’ depicting the uniformity of male dress codes with its black suits, top hats and patent leather boots as having created ‘a cortege of undertakers’. Whereas women’s dress was constantly moving with the seasons and responding to passing styles, men’s dress appeared remarkably static and unadorned.

Drawing on the writings of Charles Baudelaire and Mallarmé and on the paintings of Constantin Guys and Edouard Manet, the lecture will examine the visual representation and cultural meanings of the habit noir. It will also consider the related British male types of the dandy and the swell. Were men in the nineteenth century really just a neutral backdrop to the ebb and flow of female fashion, or did men also engage in and explore sartorial style?

For all information about this free public lecture by Professor Lynda Nead, please visit the event's page on the Gresham College website - http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/le-habit-noir-men-in-black


Speaker(s):

Professor Lynda Nead | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

6 November 2013 at 6:00 pm

Duration:

1 hour

 

Venue:

Museum of London
London Wall
London
EC2Y 5HN
+44 20 76 00 36 99
http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/
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Organised by:

Gresham College
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