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December 2020

BALLS & PARTIES: LEGENDARY FESTIVITIES FROM JUBILEE TO PROUST

The Arts Society West Cornwall
Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 19:30

This illustrated lecture looks at four of these events and discusses the guests, their inventive costumes and exquisite jewellery.

This lecture will be delivered online via Zoom webinar, look out for the "Your Invitation" email which will be sent out to members the day before the lecture.

Since the nineteenth century, various festivities involving the great and good have been described as ‘legendary’. This illustrated lecture looks at four of these events – the Devonshire House Ball (1897), the Beistegui Ball (1951), Truman Capote’s ‘Black and White’ Ball (1966) and the Rothschild’s Proust Ball (1971) – and discusses the guests, their inventive costumes and exquisite jewellery.

Find out more about our lecturer at his website HERE

THE ARTS SOCIETY ACCREDITED LECTURER

Dr Benjamin Wild

Dr Benjamin Wild, FRHistS, is a cultural historian who writes and lectures about the history of dress. He convenes courses for the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and is teacher of history at Sherborne School. He is half of Dress:Fancy podcast (the other half being Lucy Clayton), a weekly show that discusses the prevalence, power, popularity of fancy dress costume. Previously, he was guest lecturer at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design, London, and consultant lecturer at the Sotheby's Institute of Art, London. He has written for a variety of magazines and academic journals and regularly talks at National Portrait Gallery and Royal Academy.

Benjamin was educated at King's College London, where he studied history. His doctorate, focusing on the material culture of the household of King Henry III of England, was published in 2012. His second book, A Life in Fashion: The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton, was published in 2016 by Thames & Hudson. His third book, Carnival to Catwalk: Global Reflections on Fancy Dress Costume, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic.