Clothes and Shakespeare

Monday 25 March, 3.30pm
Clore Learning Space, Tickets £5

Claire Asquith
Clothes and Shakespeare
What was Shakespeare's attitude to the whole subject of clothes? Do the many allusions in his plays reveal the professional approach of a working actor, the expertise of a glover's son, the sharp eye of a city dramatist, the fashion-sense of a courtier? This talk will examine what these references tell us about Shakespeare the man, and will go on to explore the ways clothes, jewellery and fashion figure in the text of his plays and poetry, concluding that the one thing they never are for Shakespeare is purely decorative.

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