In Celebration!’ presents…
A Lecture by Professor Aileen Ribeiro

Monday 10 November 2014, 19.00hrs

Tickets: £10.00 / £5.00 students (advance booking essential)

To coincide with The Fan Museum exhibition, Visions of Beauty, Professor Aileen Ribeiro will give a lecture on the cultural history of female beauty, with particular reference to her book, Facing Beauty...

‘The inspiration behind the book on which this lecture is based, might be Oscar Wilde’s famous lines: ‘Beauty is the wonder of wonders. It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances’. It’s a book about ideal beauty and the ways in which women create beauty through the cosmetic arts; it’s about appearances and their meanings; it’s about the different ways in which artists and writers depict beauty as theory, beauty as real.’

Aileen Ribeiro is Professor Emeritus at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she was Head of the History of Dress department from 1975 to 2009. She lectures widely in Great Britain, Europe and North America, and has acted as costume consultant to many major art exhibitions.  The author of many books, the most recent is Facing Beauty: Painted Women and Cosmetic Art (Yale University Press, 2011).

Early booking is essential, as all of the previous ‘In Celebration!’ events have sold out well in advance. The 45 minute lecture begins at 7pm sharp, with a drinks reception to follow. Admission to the exhibition, Visions of Beauty, is included in the ticket price.


For further information contact:
Jenni Munday
The Fan Museum
12 Crooms Hill
London SE10 8ER
Tel. 020 8305 1441

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