Oberlin College and Conservatory

Fashion’s Profiles: Clothes Shaping Bodies in Renaissance Italy

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 5:00pm

Clarence Ward ’37 Art Building, 103
87 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Please join the art department for a lecture with Timothy McCall, associate professor of art history and  director of art history at Villanova University.

This lecture explores the masculine garments of Renaissance Italy that shaped wearers’ understanding of their bodies. Ideal, slender silhouettes were formed by taut hose, narrow doublets, and short tunics. We investigate too the legs that young men flaunted, and the ways that seductive legs were gendered masculine in cultural productions and manifested specifically male beauty, their form revealed and accentuated by stockings.

We will consider the ways that bodies are both concealed and revealed by clothes, and the ways that, without the body, clothing seems like more than lifeless fabric. Fashion’s forms and materials not merely reflect but even create our identities and our sense of self. People make clothes, and clothes make us.    

This lecture is being presented with support from the Art History Baldwin Lecture Endowment. 

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Arts, Lectures/Symposia/Workshops


Academic, Art


Free to the public.

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Christina Neilson

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