March 2020

Pins and Poking Sticks -Decoding Dress in Shakespeare’s Time

Welcome to The Arts Society Canterbury Evening
Monday, March 16, 2020 -
00:45 to 20:30
The Old Sessions House
Canterbury Christ Church University Longport, Canterbury CT1 1PL

This lecture is cancelled due to the current circumstances.

A contemporary of Shakespeare informs us that ‘a ship is sooner rigged by far than a Gentlewoman made ready’. In The Winter’s Tale Autolycus peddles ‘pins and poking sticks of steel’, seductive smocks, perfumed gloves, bugle beads and other irresistible items. What were these objects and what was their role in the ‘art’ of dress?  Moral messages and secretive signals in emblematic jewellery and embroidery contributed to Elizabeth I’s image as the ‘Virgin Queen’. Elizabethan and Jacobean portraits will be decoded, focusing on the life (and untimely death) of Prince Henry, and the sartorial splendour of his sister’s wedding in 1613


Ms Jacqui Ansell

Jacqui read History of Art and Theory at the University of Essex before going on to gain an MA in History of Dress from the Courtauld Institute. Formerly an Education Officer at the National Gallery, London, and a tutor and writer for the Open University, she has a wide range of teaching experience. She continues to lecture regularly on the public programmes of the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery and to publish on court dress, Grand Tour portraiture and Welsh Costume as well as dress as a cultural marker and indicator of class, gender, national and professional identity. Jacqui is a senior lecturer at Christie's Education, London.