Musician Brian May – yes, that one – is holding a lecture for the V&A museum on crinoline.
If you, like us, have always wondered what badger-loving Queen guitarist Brian May thought (or even knew) about crinoline, then look no further! All the questions you could possibly have on the subject, and no doubt some you didn’t think of, will be answered in May’s lecture on April 27th at The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre.
Joining May in his petticoat endeavour will be the co-author of his new book “Crinoline: Fashion’s Most Magnificent Disaster”, Denis Pellerin. Frankly we didn’t know he’d written a book, let alone one on the underthings of the ladies of times gone by. Now if you’d said to us that a member of one of the most epic bands of all time had gotten to grips with ladies skirts, we probably wouldn’t question it. However the indisputably historical nature of his apparent inquisition has caught us a bit off guard.
Not one to judge, we will definitely be heading down to the talk to gain an insight into May’s views on the “stiffened or structured petticoat designed to hold out a woman’s skirt” (again, yes really) and grab a signed copy of the book. In their own words, Pellerin & May “have jumped through hoops and skirted no issues, as we scrutinised, through the oculars of our stereoscope, the rise, extensive reign, and eventual downfall of crinoline”
Catch the talk by Brian May, Denis Pellerin and Professor Lynda Nead as part of the V&A’s lecture series on Wednesday April 27th.