Mark Hutter '96
R-MC will host guest lecturer and alumnus Mark Hutter '96, who
will present “The Art of Dress in America, 1607-1815” on Thursday, December 2, 2010.
The event will take place from 2:10 – 3:30 p.m. in the Topping Room in Old Chapel.
It is free and open to the public.
In addition, a workshop for R-MC faculty, staff and students (details below) will
be held that evening.
Hutter is the senior tailor and supervisor, Department of Historic Trades at Colonial
The lecture and discussion will explore the relationship between the corporeal arts
of dress and gesture and the fine arts of painting, sculpture and architecture.
While focusing on the Colonial and early-Federal periods in America, the Anglo-European
roots and the Colonial Revival reflection will also be illustrated. Primary sources
including letters, diaries and published works such as the writings of Sir Joshua
Reynolds and John Singleton Copley, will be referenced to help impart the period
understanding of these arts.
A PowerPoint presentation will include images of surviving 17th-19th century garments,
period depictions of garments and deportment, and images of relevant high art forms.
Reconstructed period garments will also be exhibited.
A workshop for R-MC faculty, staff and students will take place on Thursday, December
2, 2010 from 8:15-10:15 p.m. in the Dance Studio of the Brock Center.
The participatory workshop, “The Social Arts: Dress, Deportment, and Dance in the
17th, 18th & 19th Centuries,” will be led by Mark Hutter and Cathy Hellier.
The workshop will begin with a brief illustrated lecture highlighting the many relationships
to be found in the fashionable arts of dressing, deportment, dance, and music and
the fine arts of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Looking at the Baroque,
Rococo, and early-Neoclassical periods, parallels will be drawn between the compositions
of elegant clothing and fine painting, the gestures of dance and the postures of
sculpture, the structure of music and that of architecture. Throughout the remainder
of the evening students will be taught and practice the rudiments of genteel deportment
and will learn several period dance forms with the assistance of costumed instructors
and a musician. The workshop is open to R-MC faculty, staff and students only
and is limited to 40 participants. For more information, contact Evie Terrono at
These events are sponsored by R-MC's Department
of Art History and are supported through a generous contribution from the
Payne Visiting Artists Fund.