Tuesday, 4 March 2014, 6:00PM
Museum of London

Fashion and Visual Culture in the 19th Century: Women in Red

Professor Lynda Nead

Fashionable dress in the nineteenth century had a moral dimension. Introducing the theme of the morality and modernity of fashion, this lecture considers the visual representation of the fallen women, courtesan and prostitute in the arts of the period. It examines the symbolic language of clothes and the way that it was used to register a woman’s fall from respectability to deviancy. Social and moral identities were of great importance in the new public spaces of the nineteenth-century city along with a need to be able to register identities immediately through visual signs. In this context visual images of women’s dress and appearance were of great significance in embedding this moral language of clothing.

This lecture will draw on medical and religious texts, on literature and on paintings and engravings to set out the relationship between fashion, modernity, art and morality.

 

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Professor Lynda Nead is the Pevsner Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London. Her work focuses on the history of British art whilst she also maintains an interest in more general areas of the visual arts and contemporary art.

Her books include The Haunted Gallery: Painting, Photography, Film c.1900 (2008) which argued for the importance of studying the fine arts in relation to other emerging media in this period; Victorian Babylon: People, Streets and Images in Nineteenth-Century London (2000) which introduced debates concerning urban culture and its audiences to the study of the city in Victorian art; and Myths of Sexuality: Representations of Women in Victorian Britain (1988) which investigated images of women in nineteenth-century visual arts.

As well as her academic work within universities, Professor Nead has always sought further opportunities to introduce the history of art to wider audiences through public lectures or appearances on radio and television. She is a regular contributor to BBC radio (Nightwaves, Front Row, Woman’s Hour) and to television documentaries (most recently Queen Victoria’s Children, broadcast on BBC2 in January 2013). She is regularly invited to speak at museums and art galleries in Britain, Europe and the United States and has delivered keynote lectures in Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Italy and the USA, as well as across the UK.

Professor Nead maintains strong links with the art and museum world alongside her university appointments. She was one of the founding members of the Council of Tate Britain, appointed in 1999 before its opening and reappointed in 2002 for a second three year period. She has also been on the Museum of London Advisory Board at a time that included the major design of its modern galleries and she has recently joined the Exhibitions Group of the Foundling Museum.

She is a member of the Editorial Board of Victorian Literature and Culture, Journal of British Studies and Early Popular Visual Culture, and she is a member of the Advisory Board of Victorian Studies.

During 2013/14, Professor Nead will speak on Men in Black and Women in Red: Fashion, Art and Modernity in the Nineteenth Century. The series of four lectures will draw on her current research in examining the relationship between fashion, art and modernity in nineteenth-century Paris and London. Professor Nead comments on her series that:

“I believe that good public lectures are grounded in original and excellent research, but they also make that research accessible and entertaining. I hope to achieve this through the foundation of my lectures in the visual material which is always at the heart of my argument. Whilst some of these images will be referred to in passing, others will be examined in detail, thus introducing audiences to ways of analysing and understanding visual culture not only in the past but also in our own contemporary culture.”

Professor Nead was the Visiting Professor of History of Art in 2013/14.

All of Professor Nead's past lectures may be accessed here.

Current Gresham Professor of History of Art

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4 March 2014

Fashion and Visual Culture in the 19th Century: Women in Red
Professor Lynda Nead

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