The great impressionist Renoir was at the heart of the democracy of fashion in the 1870s and 1880s. The period after the fall of the Second Empire in France saw huge developments in the fashion industry, not just in haute couture, but also in the greater availability of ready-to-wear clothes and in the emergence of Paris’s shopping culture. More people than ever before expressed an interest in fashion trends, a phenomenon that was reflected in contemporary art and literature. This lecture explores some of the ways in which Renoir depicted fashion and fabrics in his paintings."
Professor Aileen Ribeiro
Aileen Ribeiro read history at King's College, University of London and received an MA (1971) and Ph.D (1975) in the History of Dress from The Courtauld Institute of Art. She has been a lecturer in the History of Dress Section since 1973 and professor in the History of Art since 2000. She has written many books and articles on the history of dress, and the most recent book is Fashion and Fiction. Dress in Art and Literature in Stuart England (Yale: 2005). In addition, she has been a costume consultant to major portrait exhibitions in the UK and US, most recently Whistler, Women and Fashion at the Frick Collection, New York (2003).
Aileen Ribeiro is governor of the Pasold Research Fund, which promotes the study of textile history, and is a member of the Advisory Council of Sotheby's Institute of Art.
Her most recent book is Facing Beauty: Painted Women and Cosmetic Art, Yale (2011).
Aileen Ribeiro, professor of History of Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art, discusses Renoir's portrayal of French fashion in his painting. Ribeiro talks about Renoir's struggle to represent formal dress in a compelling fashion.