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Artistic Endeavor

 804436. New York Public Library“I would venture to warn against too great intimacy with artists as it is very seductive and a little dangerous.” Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, 1819-1901

Women attempted to break through barriers in the arts as well. The Royal Academy of Art in London allowed women to sit in on certain art classes. Where once they could have only aspired to decorative arts—and the Victorian era is full of such efforts—women now sought painting, sculpture, and architectural training more energetically than ever before.  804455. New York Public Library

It’s a small thing, but this is the time when bonnets and caps and other capricious headgear disappear, to be replaced by real hats. A “golden age” of millinery starts. Women no longer settle for being works of art when they can create art themselves. The notion of Aestheticism takes hold, and women join men in longing for “art for art’s sake.”

P.S. Researching Costume and Fashion History will be offered for the last time this summer on Tuesday, June 9, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., in the South Court classrooms, Stephen Schwarzman Building at 42nd Street.


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Oh my goodness - the library

Oh my goodness - the library has classes on how to research fashion? And I missed the last one by a couple of days? When will it happen next? I need to research a specific period for a novel and this would have been perfect. Please advise. Txs

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