Ceara Bowman ’16 on Fashion Cartes-des-Visite

This podcast is part of Watson Conversations, a growing collection of podcasts produced by Wheaton students as part of Art History 298: Photography as Knowledge.

Lady and Book
c. 1860
Albumen print on carte-de-visite mountMacagno Studios
Elegant Woman, French Fashion from Soissons
c. 1880
Albumen print on carte-de-visite mountOhlsson Studios

Young Lady and Mother from Melun
c. 1890
Albumen print on carte-de-visite mount
All works purchased with the Kenneth C. and Louise McKeon Deemer ’33 Fund

By looking at a series of carte-de-visite which capture differences in French dress over a 30-year period, Ceara Bowman ’16 proposes how fashion conveys both the personality of the subject, as well as of its era.

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