Lecture: Shanghai Dandyism by Christopher Breward

Unique lecture on Shanghai Dandyism by renowned fashion scholar, Christopher Breward

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4pm - Registration
4.15pm - Lecture by Christopher Breward
5pm - Q&A
5.15pm - Reception

At the invitation of MoMu and the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Antwerp, Christopher Breward takes us on a journey to Shanghai, one of the most international cities in China. Together we will explore how menswear and ideas of masculinity evolved there, from the early twentieth century up to the present day. The men of Shanghai have combined traditional Chinese concepts of taste and propriety with the city’s association with modernity and internationalism to fashion their identity in multiple ways. Thus, they have been able to respond to and express their challenging social and political history.

Christopher Breward is currently Director of Collection and Research at the National Galleries of Scotland, and Professorial Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. He has made several important contributions to academic research into fashion, for example with his monograph The Suit: Form, Function & Style, where he surveys the history of tailoring from its origins to the present. One of his main research interests is dandyism, which he explores, for example, in his article ‘Masculine Pleasures: Metropolitan Identities and the Commercial Sites of Dandyism’. The present lecture is a continuation of this topic and will also be published as chapter in the new book, Styling Shanghai, edited by Christopher Breward and Juliette MacDonald, due to appear next year. Thus, this lecture is not only a unique opportunity to meet the author of the much-praised monograph The Suit, but also to get an exclusive preview of his new book on Dandyism!


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