Dandy Style Lunchtime Talks – Kate Dorney

Black wool coat with 'fighting cocks' embroidery, Alexander McQueen, 1998.

‘Performing the Dandy’: creative artists playing with costume with Kate Dorney, Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester

Inspired by our current exhibition Dandy Style, we have arranged an affiliated series of six free talks by writers and researchers currently at the forefront of the exploration of men’s fashion and styling.

Five of the speakers have written chapters in our accompanying book, Dandy Style, which is available to buy in the gallery shop.

Dandy Style focuses on men’s fashion and image from the 18th century to the present day. The show explores how concepts such as elegance, uniformity and spectacle have evolved over the last 250 years.

Kate Dorney is a senior lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Theatre at the University of Manchester and an outgoing editor of Studies in Costume & Performance. She is a cultural historian with research interests covering a broad spectrum of twentieth- and twenty-first-century practice including playwriting; directing; acting; scenography and costume design; arts funding; museology and performance documentation and curation. She is the author of a number of articles on costume and performance as well as The Changing Language of Modern English Drama 1945–2005 (2009); co-author (with Frances Gray) of Played in Britain: Modern British Theatre in 100 Plays (2013) and co-editor (with Ros Merkin) of The Glory of the Garden: English Regional Theatre (2010) and the forthcoming Vivien Leigh: Actress and Icon (with Maggie B. Gale).

Book on to Dandy Style Lunchtime Talks. – Kate Dorney