The Fine Art of Fashion: Dress and Décor in the Eighteenth Century

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The Fine Art of Fashion: Dress and Décor in the Eighteenth Century

The Fine Art of Fashion: Dress and Décor in the Eighteenth Century

Wednesday 5 September - Friday 7 September, 11:00 - 15:00

The elite of eighteenth century London and Paris surrounded themselves with exquisite objects and defined themselves through desirable dress and décor.  In their portraits (and their purchases) the wearers of fine clothing had to tread a fine line between looking too much in, or out, of fashion.  The Wallace Collection is a treasure house of fine furniture, porcelain and portraits commissioned by Kings, Queens, Princes (and a Royal mistress or two).  Over three days, through a combination of morning lectures and afternoon gallery sessions, we will examine the materials, and meanings encoded in these luxury items (and learn why they were commissioned, coveted and collected).

Taught by Jacqueline Ansell.   Includes daily tea, coffee and biscuits.

Day 1

Madame de Pompadour, Leader of Style

Day 2

Dress or Drapery? Reynolds, Gainsborough and the fashionable Portrait

Day 3

Gender and Agendas - Greuze, Vigee le Brun and the Cult of Sensibility

Date & Times

Date Start Time End Time
05/09/2018 10:30 15:00

Ticket Information

Ticket type Price
General Admission £130
Concession (Friends, over 60s, students, unwaged) £117
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