SCCI Fashion Hub: Fashioning Men
Through illustrated talks and discussions, this evening tackles the development of men's fashion as a barometer of cultural change. World renowned expert in the field, UTS Design Professor Dr Peter McNeil hosts an exploration of the evolving nature of male fashion and aesthetic expression across cultures and time. From the Dandy’s precursor, the 18th-century British Macaroni, to contemporary gender aesthetics in the age of the internet, influences and trends in menswear are examined in-depth
6:30 PM - 7:10 PM
The term macaroni was in the 18th century as familiar as punk or hipster is today, a highly topical word with a complex set of social, sexual, and cultural associations. Through fashion, grooming, makeup, posture and ceremony, an upstart counter-culture arose and expanded far beyond its beginnings amongst the wealthy youth of London.
By taking ownership of social signifiers, macaroni culture foregrounds much of what is considered punk and subversive today. The rise of dandyism in the late 19th Century, the phenomenon of teddy-boys in the late 1950s and the ongoing anti-fashion dialogue in popular styles of the last 50 years can be traced to this early expression of dress. In this illustrated talk, Peter McNeil explores the themes of power of subculture and subversion through fashion and deportment.
7:20 PM – 8:00 PM
Eminent University of Alberta historian and textile expert Professor Beverly Lemire investigates the political economy of dress. Specialising in historic dress from 17th to mid-19th Century Britain, Europe and North America, Lemire’s research investigates the attire and uniforms of the working class.
Through the example of seafarers of the British Empire, Lemire examines the power of a single item of clothing to create aesthetic and social change. Grounded in major socioeconomic shifts including the Industrial Revolution, the illustrated presentation also delves into signifiers of the masculine in Western history as expressions of power, status and belonging, employing economic, social and gender analyses in the study of a changing material world.
8:20 PM – 9:00 PM
Movement In Menswear
Join internationally renowned street-style photographer Giuseppe Santamaria, UTS Fashion graduate Gina Snodgrass, Dr Masafumi Monden, Research Fellow in the School of Design at UTS, and Timothy Nicol-Ford, SCCI Fashion Programme Manager, to reflect on the future of menswear.
In an age of globalisation and the homogenisation of aesthetics and culture, how does ‘masculine’ clothing express individuality? With many international catwalks blending male and female models in unisex design, how does the influx of more traditionally ‘feminine’ silhouettes filter through to the everyday? How do Eastern and Western cultures represent aesthetic tropes of masculinity in different ways, and how can we learn from one another? The panel will delve deep into how this evolving form of cultural expression is manifesting in the 21st century.
9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Launch of Peter McNeil’s book, Pretty Gentlemen: Macaroni Men and the Eighteenth-Century Fashion World (Yale University Press: 2018)