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

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 29 | Corsets and Top Hats: Fashion in the Third Empire
During the Second Empire of France, technical advancements will allow for the emergence of a distinctive, deeply gendered fashion. We will consider the rise of steel hooped crinoline skirts, innovative corsets, and topped hats and how this fashion is depicted in art. Interestingly, these fashion forms are linked to the newly modernized city of Paris which occurred under the rule of Napoleon III and his fashion-conscious wife, Empress Eugénie. The result is a uniquely bourgeois fashion, art, and culture that expresses the desires of the new powerful middle class.

Location: Norma Kershaw Auditorium 
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May 29, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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