The First Book of Fashion

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The First Book of Fashion

Date and time

Tuesday 18 March, 1–1.45pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Ulinka Rublack

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Fashion lay at the heart of innovative cultural expression in the German Renaissance and inspired many portraits. Some modern commentators regard this fashion as 'strange beauty' - exaggerated and capacious, opulent or bizarre.

This talk introduces Matthäus Schwarz, an Augsburg accountant who recorded 137 of his spectacular outfits from 1520 to 1560 in what has become known as 'The First Book of Fashion'.

Welcome to a culture in which dress could be as arresting as a face.

Ulinka Rublack

Ulinka Rublack is Professor of Early Modern History in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge and author of 'Dressing Up: Cultural Identity in Renaissance Europe'.

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Image above: Detail from Lucas Cranach the Elder, 'Portrait of a Woman', about 1525