Dressed to Kill: Fashion & Beauty through History at the Met Museum
Gay Desert Guide's Fun & Games Dept. and TheMenEvent.com present Dressed to Kill: Fashion & Beauty through History at the Met Museum Fun & informative live online tour (w/
- Gay Desert Guide's Fun & Games Dept. and TheMenEvent.com present Dressed to Kill: Fashion & Beauty through History at the Met Museum
- Fun & informative live online tour (w/ Q&A) on changing styles of beauty and the astonishing lengths to which people have gone to attain it.
- Can't make the live event? Buy a ticket for the recording and watch the event in your own time! Details in FAQs below.
- Explore the changing styles of beauty -- and the astonishing lengths to which people have gone to attain it. Your expert companion? Professor Andrew Lear, four-time winner of the Harvard Certificate for Excellence in Teaching.
- Lear's 'Dressed to Kill' opens your eyes to some of the most fascinating, bizarre and painful things people have done throughout history to look impressive, alluring and downright amazing.
- From the grand hairdos of Imperial Rome to the outrageous wigs of the court at Versailles; from gold ear spools in pre-Columbian America to neck rings in Africa and Southeast Asia; and from 300 years of torturous corsets to 3000 years of artful cosmetics, the history of fashion is on dazzling display at the Met.
- Professor Lear looks at both men's and women's fashion from head to toe, as well as inside out. (Just what did Victorian women wear underneath those giant hoops?) He looks at men, too—with their powdered wigs, white makeup, foppish ruffs and of course, those eyebrow-raising codpieces.
- He goes beneath the surface to get to the real story: the political, social, and even medical currents that shaped fashion and how it changed:
- Why did French courtiers wear foot-high wigs in the 17th century?
- Were beauty spots really used to cover up syphilis?
- What clothing was dyed with cyanide and poisoned its wearers over time?
- How did bicycles affect the way women dressed in the closing years of the 19th century?
- Speaker Bio
- Andrew Lear is a renowned expert on same-sex relations in Greek and Roman antiquity. During his academic career, he taught at Harvard, Pomona College, and NYU. In recent years, he has founded Oscar Wilde Tours, the LGBTQ history and culture tour company and Shady Ladies Tours, a women's history and culture tour company. He is also working with actor/author Stephen Fry on a podcast about the "Scandals and Secrets of London's National Portrait Gallery."
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