Please note that this event has been moved to the Players Club, which is next door to The National Arts Club, at 16 Gramercy Park South.
All other details remain the same.
FashionSpeak Fridays: Crimes of Fashion
Friday, May 24
Visual presentation, discussion
Clothing can be the most important clue in a criminal case, but dress and accessories play a more complex role than we might suspect.
Join fashion historian Alison Matthews David as she investigates the theme of crime and clothing as weapon, evidence, and disguise. The presentation shows how innovations in forensic science helped investigators solve crimes long before DNA testing and demonstrates the cleverness of dress worn in mugshots, including the 1920s portraits in the Sydney Police and Justice Museum’s collection.
Fashion scholar and curator, Dr. Alison Matthews David has published numerous articles and essays on topics of historical dress, and is the author of Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present. The tween version, Killer Style, comes out this April. In 2018 she co-founded the open-access online journal Fashion Studies and is currently researching a book and exhibition on Fashion and Crime. She is Associate Professor in the School of Fashion at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.
Criminally elegant fashion is highly encouraged!
Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first-served. An RSVP is required for this event. Please email [email protected]