This talk will be considering the changing gender roles of women within the Aesthetic movement, and discussing the manner in which dress within the movement was part of an Aesthetic ‘lifestyle choice,’ and how dress as an art form was ‘performed’ within these elite artistic circles. Aesthetic dress could be considered as being oppositional, anti-fashion and sub-cultural in its representation within these artistic social circles and within the fashion cycle.

Talk by Louise Chapman from Birmingham City University.

Part of the Reading Art Project in collaboration with Birmingham City University and Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Meet in Pre-Raphaelite galleries at 12pm.

Free.