Public talk: Keren Chiaroni and 18th century revolutionary fashion

Off with Their Heads! The 18th-Century French aristocracy meets Lady Gaga

Saturday 16 July 2011 Soundings Theatre, Level 2 Te Papa, Wellington

 2pm–3pm Free entry

Experience true Liberty, Equality, and Brotherhood, as applied to frocks, wigs, and shoes. Author Keren Chiaroni pays tribute to extreme fashion in revolutionary France. The drama of the time was heightened by infamous opulence, greed, jealousy, and the most bizarre wigs!

Keren is a senior lecturer in French at Victoria University. She has published on theatre, dance, and design for academic journals – and has recently written about Paris fashion shows for Lucire magazine. From 2010, she has been a researcher and regional editor for the Pacific in the World Scenography project. This is a three-volume publication covering design for performance from all over the world. The first volume will be launched at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial on Performance Space & Design.

Keren is currently researching links between fashion, art, and costume design with specific reference to Trelise Cooper’s 2011 designs for the NBR New Zealand Opera’s Xerxes by Handel, and Karen Walker’s 2011 designs for the Royal NZ Ballet’s Stravinsky Triple Bill season.

PLUS Frock, Wig, and Shoe Challenge

Come dressed to delight our judges, wearing the BEST frock, wig, and shoe combination. You could win a three-course dinner for two, with specially selected wine, at the Hippopotamus Restaurant, Museum Hotel Wellington.

Entrants must register on the day between 1pm and 1.30pm at Soundings Theatre, Level 2.

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