From Printed Page to Porcelain and Beyond

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John Pike (Gothenburg), reverse-painted Chinese mirror, Chinese frame with locking plate, Swedish-made upper mounts, circa 1730, 104 x 62 cm (cropped). Swedish National Maritime and Transport Museums, Stockholm, S3562.

From Printed Page to Porcelain and Beyond

Eurasian fashion and the decorative arts 1500-1800

Fashion is transient, short lived and fragile. Yet it is also mutable and open to translations and transformations across media and genres. We will examine a series of artifacts that were fashions themselves: from Chinese export ceramics depicting fashions and fashionability, to reverse-painted portrait mirrors made for European traders. I argue for the inclusion of the decorative arts within wider accounts of Eurasian fashion culture as well as the importance of cross-cultural, comparative and transnational considerations.

Distinguished Professor Peter McNeil FAHA is an award-winning design historian who works at University of Technology Sydney. His inter-disciplinary research examines fashion and wider design with a focus on identities from the eighteenth century to the present day. For a decade Professor of Fashion Studies at Stockholm University, more recently Academy of Finland (FiDIPro) Distinguished Professor, Aalto University. Publications include: ‘The Fashion History Reader: Global Perspectives’, 2010 (with G. Riello); ‘Fashion: Critical and Primary Sources, Renaissance to the Present Day’ (4 Vols. 2009); ‘‘Pretty Gentlemen’: Macaroni Men and the Eighteenth-century Fashion World’ (2018). He has a long term interest in Asian as well as Western art, having studied Australia’s first course on modern Asian art with Prof. John Clark at ANU.

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BSB: 012 003 Account Number: 2185 28414
Account Name: The Asian Arts Society of Australia

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1 August, 2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm AEST
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