Dressing the Muse: Pre-Raphaelites and Fashion | Newberry

Dressing the Muse: Pre-Raphaelites and Fashion

Led by Debra Mancoff. One session. 1 - 4 pm
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Saturday, June 15

1 - 4 pm

Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $85
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $93.5

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Seminar Description

Costumes for Pre-Raphaelite paintings were designed and crafted by models who also wore them outside the studio. This one-day seminar traces the relationship between Pre-Raphaelite (1848-1914) art and fashion in paintings, photographs, surviving garments, and popular media. The transformation of studio costume into fashion trend shaped identity and niche marketing in Victorian Britain and led to an imaginative approach to dress that is still influential today. Artists considered will include Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris, and Edward Burne-Jones.

One session. E – $85, L – $93.5

Debra N. Mancoff writes on art, fashion, and culture and is currently a Newberry Scholar-in-Residence. She is author of The Face: Our Human Experience; Fashion Muse; and Icons of Beauty: Art, Culture, and the Image of Women.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this class.

First Reading:

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.