Professor Peter McNeil

McNeil, P 2010 , Professor Peter McNeil . [Video]

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The ugly and the ideal: caricature, painting and men’s fashion in 18th-century England.
The so-called ‘macaroni’ men’s fashion style generated a great deal of satire across a variety of media, from prints to ceramics, from the book to the theatre, in late- 18th-century England. The explorer-scientists Sir Joseph Banks and Dr Solander were mocked in this way. Why were all of these men so fascinating to contemporary viewers and how did a society painter – Richard Cosway –himself become his greatest work of art?
Dr. Peter McNeil is Professor of Design History at the University of Technology, Sydney and Foundation Chair of Fashion Studies at Stockholm University. He is trained in the history of art and is interested in the ‘cultural biography of things’. His work spans methods and chronologies from the early-modern to the twentieth century. His co-edited anthologies are Shoes: A History from Sandals to Sneakers (Berg, 2006); Fashion in Fiction; and The Men’s Fashion Reader (Berg, 2009). In 2009 he published a four-volume work entitled Fashion: Critical and Primary Sources from the Late Middle Ages to Today (Berg) and in April 2010 is released Fashion: A Global History with G. Riello (Routledge). He is President of the AAANZ, representing Art History in our region.

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Authors/Creators:McNeil, P
Keywords: Art Forum, Peter McNeil
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