6 pm reception
7 pm lecture
For Marcel Proust, the evocative, multivalent aspects of clothing made it a fascinating and serious object of study. Characters such as the aristocratic dandy the Baron de Charlus, and the supremely elegant Duchesse de Guermantes are each associated with a highly distinctive style. In this lecture, Michele Majer will examine turn-of-the-century fashion and the ways in which Proust used dress to reveal the personalities of his characters and to deconstruct the meanings of their sartorial choices.
Michele Majer is an assistant professor at BGC and a research associate at Cora Ginsburg, LLC, New York City.