Art in Context 3-Part Series | Corsets and Top Hats: History, Fashion, and Art in France (Part 2)

Presented by Annalee Andres, Art Historian

In this special short series, we will look at how fashion has historically played a cultural role indicating both status and rank. From the emergence of Marie Antoinette as a fashion icon in the 18th century to the predominance of bourgeois fashion with its steel hooped skirts, corsets, and top hats during the Second Empire of France, the notion of French “chic” has a rich history that continues to resonate into the present day.

May 22 | French Revolution/Fashion Revolution
During the French Revolution, fashion will play a critical role in the embrace of new ideas. In a more egalitarian world, the excess characteristics of the Ancien Régime will transform into a classical oriented fashion craze. Napoleon’s wife, Joséphine, will emerge as a fashion leader during this era.

Location: Norma Kershaw Auditorium 
Ticketed Event:
Individual lecture: Member or with paid museum admission $9 | General $12 PURCHASE TICKETS


TICKETS: Online or onsite. Questions? E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714.567.3677. Proceeds benefit Bowers Museum Education Programs. Tickets are non-refundable.

Event details

May 22, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm