Nineteenth Century Fashion in Print | Virtual Encounters in Book History

Marchand d’Estampes (Print Dealer), lithograph by Henry Monnier, Paris, 1829. The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.

Join us online next Thursday, 14 October at 11 am EDT (Ann Arbor) / 5 pm CEST (Madrid) for the next event in the series Virtual Encounters in Book History -- "Nineteenth Century Fashion in Print: Masculine Intimacy, Feminine Historical Consciousness, and Ephemerality in Commodity Culture." 

Learn about various aspects of fashion design, advertisement, and representation in the print and periodical culture of the 19th century. Speakers and topics include:

John Finkelberg, Graduate Student Fellow at the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies and PhD Candidate in History at the University of Michigan, examines the collaborative advertisements of the Parisian tailor Pierre Ferdinand Humann and the celebrated illustrator Paul Gavarni for the popular illustrated daily Le Charivari from 1839 to 1845. In examining how Humann and Gavarni mobilized idealized images of masculine intimacy in their advertisements, he'll show how fashion journals taught men to think about their clothing as a way of navigating social and political concerns during the July Monarchy.

Marina Kliger, Eugene V. Thaw Fellow for Collections Cataloguing, Department of European Paintings, Metropolitan Museum of Art, addresses the relationship between early 19th-century French women's fashion journals and a feminine historical consciousness rooted in the femmes illustres tradition. She examines historical references in the nomenclature of fashionable dress alongside information about women’s history that appeared in various publications aimed at a female audience in order to understand how women used revivalist elements of dress to fashion their own identities, particularly in portrait commissions.

Courtney Wilder, Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow in European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, analyzes a succession of hand-colored lithographs published by the French graphic artist Henry Monnier (1799–1895) in the mid- to late-1820s that can be linked by their inclusion of an almost surreal-looking and highly fashionable rainbow-dyed shawl. These lithographs, she argues, demonstrate the movement of artists, fashions, images, medias, and technologies between Paris and London during these years, while also encapsulating Monnier’s positioning of the new medium of lithography as uniquely capable of commenting critically upon the ephemeral nature of modern life, especially an increasingly pervasive commodity culture that included both fashionable accessories and printed representations of them.

Susan Siegfried, Professor Emerita, Denise Riley Collegiate Professor of the History of Art and Women's Studies, University of Michigan (session chair / moderator)

The event is organized by Juli McLoone (University of Michigan) and Benito Rial Costas (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) as part of the Virtual Encounters in Book History series.

Join the event in Zoom.