Welcome, PennNYC members! We're looking forward to meeting you and sharing this event!
SOLD OUT AS OF JUNE 8th!
This tour is about everything glamorous—from the grand hairdos of Imperial Rome to the outrageous wigs of the court at Versailles, from gold ear spools in pre-Columbian America to neck rings in Africa and Southeast Asia, and from 300 years of torturous corsets to 3000 years of gorgeous cosmetics. We'll look at fashion from head to toe, and in between as well—just what did Victorian women wear underneath those giant hoops? We'll look at men, too—what was up with those powdered wigs, white makeup, foppish ruffs, and those, um, codpieces? Why did French courtiers wear foot-high wigs? Were beauty spots really used to cover up syphilis? And how did bicycles transform how women dressed and lived?
Our guide Andrew Lear is a world authority on sex in Ancient Greece and a scholar of sexuality throughout the ages. He has taught English literature and Italian at Harvard, and Classics at Columbia, Pomona College, and NYU, and is the co-author of the definitive work on male-male love in Greek vase painting Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty: Boys Were Their Gods. Andrew is the Founder and President of Shady Ladies Tours, devoted to exploring the fascinating hidden secrets behind the world's great art.
Advance registration is REQUIRED—no tickets will be sold at the event. Limited to just 21 people, so early registration is strongly recommended!
For dues-paying members of Harvardwood ("Full Members" and "Friends of Harvardwood"), we have a special reduced price of $40.
Note that much of the tour price goes to support the Metropolitan Museum.
The tour will be admitted as a group, so you don't need to get an admission ticket to the Museum.