Department of Art History: Research Seminar Helen Gramotnev & Lorraine Kypiotis
Helen Gramotnev, Hats in the Parisian images of early 1900s
My research considers the fashion developments at the turn of the twentieth century, with a focus on hats and how these are represented in the Parisian art of the first decade. With the rise of haute couture, the emphasis was being placed on fashion as art, and fashion designs were being equated to works of art. A hat became an essential part of a woman’s wardrobe, one that elevated her status, and demonstrated her individuality. First part of this seminar addresses images of the Moulin de la Galette, and the drawings advertising the popular dance hall, focussing on the women’s hats and their role in the fantasy that the Moulin de la Galette provided. The second part deals with the concept of competitive hat wearing by looking at race courses and other public events, as well as how far this competitiveness could be pushed.
Lorraine Kypiotis “Plaster and Pageantry: The triumphal march through the streets of Sydney”
“Never in a history which now goes back for 150 years have the people of Sydney, or indeed of Australia, seen such brilliant pageantry as marked the opening of the 150th Anniversary Celebrations…” Sydney Morning Herald, 27 January, 1938 In 1937 three enterprising artist-teachers employed by the National Art School (ESTC) presented a successful tender for the sculptural decorations on the QVB to commemorate the sesquicentenary of colonization. These monumental plaster relief panels – 20 in all – lined the processional way for the celebratory parade that took place on January 26, 1938. The works, like the parade itself, presented unfolding scenes of Australia’s advancement and of the inevitable progress from the colonial past. Intended to be temporary, the panels were constructed only for the celebratory victory “March into Nationhood”, but they lived on, valued as artworks in their own right and emblematic of pageantry in other form.