Margaret Maynard spoke at the Sydney Jewish Museum as part of History Week 2012.
We tend to believe clothes, whether outfits worn in public or seen in the media, convey accurate meanings. They occasionally do. Yet problems surround clothes as straight forward communicators. In the past and today, in Australia and around the world, dress can be an unreliable informant, whether intentionally or not. This talk examines the confusions, distortions, and lies which are perpetrated by clothes wearing. Should we ever trust the appearance of dress? Perhaps the very point of clothing is its capacity for deception.
Associate Professor Margaret Maynard is an Honorary Research Consultant in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland. She is well-known Australian expert on fashion and dress and has published widely in the area. Her most recent publications include Dress and Globalisation, 2004 and the essay 'Art Clothing or Wearable Art?', 2012. Further essays include 'Australian Fashion Photographic Models' and 'Fast Fashion and Sustainability' (in press). She edited Volume Seven: Australia and the Pacific Islands, of the Berg Encyclopaedia of World Dress and Fashion 2010.
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