Art and Fashion: Clothes Make the Man | Newberry

Art and Fashion: Clothes Make the Man

Led by Debra Mancoff. Six sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Tuesdays, February 27 - April 3

5:45 - 7:45 pm

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

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $210
Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $231

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

Online registration is closed, but you can still register by phone. Please call (312) 255-3700 to do so.

Excuse our dust!

Beginning January 2018 the Newberry will be undertaking renovation of much of the first floor. The Adult Education Seminars Program will still have use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Winter/Spring and Summer 2018 terms. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

When we look at a portrait of a man we usually ask, “Who was he?” but we rarely ask, “What is he wearing?” This six-week seminar will answer that question using the methods of art history and dress history to better understand the dress code of status, society, and the self. Examples will span six centuries, including portraits by Jan van Eyck, Bronzino, Anthony van Dyke, Jacques-Louis David, Gustave Caillebotte, and Tamara de Lempicka. Six sessions.

Debra N. Mancoff, Newberry scholar-in-residence and author of The Face: Our Human History; Fashion Muse; Icons of Beauty: Art, Culture, and the Image of Women; and Fashion in Impressionist Paris, writes on art, fashion, and culture.

Materials List


  • TBD

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

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