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Fear, fashion and design in the Cold War
October 17, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm£12
In 1946, the Parisian designer Louis Reart named a two-piece swimsuit after a nuclear test site – ‘Bikini’. Nearly 20 years later, fashion designers Andre Courreges and Pierre Cardin created a ‘space age look’ with plastic dresses, silver boots, visors and helmets. The conditions of the Cold War – from nuclear anxiety to technological optimism – infiltrated fashion and design in numerous ways in the period. This talk will explore how Cold War attitudes shaped the body, home and environment.