Date: 03/11/2015

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Mid-Manhattan Library (455 5th Ave., Manhattan)

Price: Free

With Suzanne E. Shapiro, fashion historian. This illustrated lecture explores the evolution of the painted nail. The manicure as we know it has been around for less than a century, but it's become a major presence in the culture of fashion, with its own trends, fads, and fringe aspects. It looks at the myriad ways in which the adorned fingernail has served as an expression of the individual and the times. It traces the origins of the modern manicure as a radical gesture in style and follows it through today's culture of ubiquitous nail salons and edgy experiments in nail art, showing how at every turn the manicure has reflected larger style trends as well as changing ideals of femininity.

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