Dressed to Impress:
Clothing and Carriage in 16th Century Europe
An Illustrated Talk by Jonquil O’Reilly, Sotheby’s
Sixteenth century European clothing choices were often swayed by a desire to impress, to display wealth or to show off local crafts, yet there were also many constraints. Social status dictated who was permitted to wear what and sumptuary laws prescribed all manner of clothing regulations, from which fabrics could be used for which garments, to the size of a sleeve and the maximum circumference of a ruff. Focusing on the variations from court to court, Jonquil O’Reilly will explore the messages people hoped to convey by wearing certain items. With a particular focus on the platform shoe known as the chopine, the lecture will explore how it had a remarkable effect on the comportment and behavior of the wearer despite being hidden beneath voluminous skirts.
September 22nd, 6:30pm
$20 per person
Members of the Friends of the BSM Program: $10
Ticket price includes a reception following the talk.
Tickets can be purchased online below or by calling 416-979-7799 x 228.