Thursday, July 28, 2011

In the spotlight: fashion and the swimsuit

Join Dr Christine Schmidt at 2PM this Saturday 30 July 2011 for the first in a series of 3 public programs developed in conjunction with In the spotlight: Anton Bruehl, photographs 1920s-1950s

Christine will discuss the influence of the fashion model and body revealing swimsuits together with women’s desire to imitate and conform to a feminine ideal. In addition, how fashion magazines and images created for editorial and advertisements, by photographers such as Steichen, Bruehl and Horst P. Horst, contributed to narratives knitted to beauty, physical fitness and the modern body.

Christine Schmidt worked as a fashion designer internationally for number of years and completed a PhD in fashion in 2009. She is a fashion and cultural historian and independent fashion and concept consultant. Her current research investigates the evolution of the modern swimsuit and Australia’s contribution to global fashion.
Her forthcoming publication in 2012 with Berg Publishers is titled: The Swimsuit: Fashion from poolside to catwalk.

2pm Saturday 30 July 2011

Anton Bruehl Swimsuit advertisement 1951
dye-transfer colour photograph
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia Inc., New York NY USA
made possible with the generous support of Anton Bruehl Jr, 2006


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