Bastille Day is celebrated each year on July 14th and marks the birth of the French Republic. When we think of the French Revolution, we recognize a radical change in government and politics. In our mind’s eye,we may picture riots, red, white and blue, guillotinesand tumbrels.But did you ever stop to think thatthe French Revolution resulted in radical change in fashion, including garments which are taken for granted today? Fashion historian, Barbara Murray will share fascinating research on the politics of the clothing of the French Revolution. Looking at the dress of both the upper class, and the revolutionaries, we’ll explore the political statements of fashion and discover similarities to our times.
Barbara Murray is Professor Emeritus, Having just retired after 44 years as resident Costume Designer and Fashion Historian at Santa Clara University. Her costume career started when she was gifted in fourth grade with a fashion history book. That book turned into 8 bookcases on history, textiles, design and construction, as well as a collection of fashion magazines and period clothing. Barbara presents programs pertaining to fashion history and is working on a book about women’s fashions during the California Gold Rush.
Look forward to more insights! Barbara will return to the JCCSF in Augustto examine fashion as protest from the perspective of the 60’s and 70’s era of dissent in the US.
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