From Court to Street-gang- Men’s Fashion in 18th-century West Europe

Peter McNeil, Professor of Design History, University of Technology, Sydney

FRANCE, UNKNOWN (maker) Frockcoat and waistcoat (c. 1775) silk, linen, wool, metal (a) 112.7 cm (centre back); 73.3 cm (sleeve length) (frockcoat); (b) 54.6 cm (centre back); 38.0 cm (waist, flat) (waistcoat) Felton Bequest, 1958

This lecture explores a range of men’s dress cultures, from the rake to the macaroni; from the servant to the courtier; from the Incroyable to the Revolutionary street gangs called the jeunesse dorée (gilded youth) and the muscadins, who retained aspects of court dress as an affront to the authorities and the sans-culottes.

Date: Sat 9 Jul, 3.30pm

Cost: $18 Adult / $12 NGV Member / $14 Concession & Student. Bookings 8662 1555 (10am-5pm daily) (Event Code P1192)

Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International