¡Que Tiempo Aquel!  (What a Time That Was!)

Movement, Clothing, and Shoes in Early Tango.

Presentation in two parts by Manda Levie, Master of Dress and Textile Histories, University of Glasgow and Jeff Mandel, Shoemaker. A free seminar as part of the Valentango 2020 tango festival.

Tango dancers by George Barbier, 1919

Date: Saturday February 15
Time: 5:00-6:30pm
Location: Alaska Room, DoubleTree Hotel, Portland

Beginning with an overview of women’s fashion from 1905 to 1925, this portion of the presentation will explore how tango influenced mainstream fashion, with particular focus on the easing of strict Victorian social mores and the increasing need for freedom of movement. Original apparel, shoes and hats from the era will be modeled and discussed.

Learn the anatomy of tango shoes. This portion of the presentation will cover how women’s tango shoes were made – from the early days through the present. Discover how innovations in shoemaking during the 1930s are still with us today. There will be real-time shoe deconstruction!