Tonight: GSA students perform Tableaux Vivant in the Mackintosh Building

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, wife of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Image credit: T R Annan & Son

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, wife of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Image credit: T R Annan & Son

In order to creatively explore notions of fashion, style, and artistic identity, students in the ‘Artistic Dress’ elective course in Year 3 of the Forum for Critical Enquiry have arranged tableaux vivants throughout the Mackintosh Building. These ‘living pictures’ show the students’ own research into dress history, displaying styles that either inspired or expressed trends that went against fashion norms. The students’ research has been informed by visits to the Archives and Collections Centre to view photographs from our collection as well as textiles and costumes.

GSAA/P/1/2414 GSA students modelling fashion designs in Kelvingrove Park, 1960s

GSAA/P/1/2414 GSA students modelling fashion designs in Kelvingrove Park, 1960s

These ‘living pictures’ show the students’ own research into dress history, displaying styles that either inspired or expressed trends that went against fashion norms. Tableaux vivants were performed to express the creative bohemian spirit of students and staff in the early days of the GSA, during the time of “The Immortals”: Newbery, Mackintosh, the Macdonald sisters and friends. The students are excited to revive this tradition 100 years later, and welcome you to chat with them about their creations.

Artistic dress from four eras will be recreated:

‘The Artistic Dress: Different Times – Different Places’ (Mackintosh Library)

‘WEIMAR: totentanz’ (West Hall, 1st floor)

‘The Factory’ (Mackintosh Lecture Theatre)

‘More than just a Punk’ (West Hall, stairs landing)

TONIGHT, 14 NOVEMBER 2013, 5-7PM IN THE MACKINTOSH BUILDING

Students and staff welcome, external guests please register on the limited guest list at eventbrite: http://gsaartisticdress.eventbrite.co.uk/

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