Arts Society Lecturer

Breeches, Bonnets and Bags

Mrs Frederick Barnard 1885 by John Singer Sargent 1856-1925

Portraits provide a fascinating insight into the changing styles of dress over the centuries. Follow the different fashions as revealed in paintings, looking at dress and accessories, and some of the more ridiculous styles of fashion from the 16th century to the 19th century – with a focus on fashion in England. When Sumptuary Laws prescribed what you could wear, according to your status in society, fashion was a reflection of social standing.  Whilst working folk might have longed for a wardrobe of reds, purples and golds, their ‘superiors’ may have envied them their ability to move freely in their clothes without restrictions. Explore the wildest extremes of fashion through the ages.

Rosalind Whyte

Rosalind Whyte holds BA and MA degrees from Goldsmith’s College, and an MA (distinction) from Birkbeck College. She is an experienced guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the Royal Academy and Greenwich, and also lectures at Tate, to independent art societies and on cruises.

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