This interdisciplinary conference aims to explore ways of reconstructing the social practices of the past through investigations of the cultural significance of clothing. Papers have been offered from a range of disciplines and perspectives, and we have been able to put together a varied and interesting programme:
Friday 30th November 2001
Production, Consumption, and Process
Andrew Butcher (Kent), 'Clothing Canterbury, 1350-1540'
Susan Mee (Surrey), 'Clothing the People of Kent & Suffolk, c.1575-1610'
Kirstie Buckland (Independent Scholar), 'The Mystery of Capping'
Joanna Crawford (Sydney), 'Clothing Distributions & Social Relations’, c.1350-1500
Saturday 1st December 2001
Status and Identity
Maria Hayward (Southampton), 'Fashion, Finance, Foreign Politics & the Wardrobe of Henry VIII'
Oxsana Sekatcheva (Moscow Textile Academy), ‘Russian Historic Costume Before Peter The Great Reforms’
Francoise Tétart-Vittu (Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris), 'Costumes of the Musée Galliera'
Malcolm Walsby (Kent), 'Clothes, Power and Status in Renaissance France'
Elizabeth Wincott Heckett (Cork), 'Tomb Effigies and Archaic Dress in 16th century Ireland'
Display, Morality, & Fashion
Ulrike Ilg (Florence), 'The Cultural Significance of Costume Books in 16th Century Europe'
Cordelia Warr (Queens Belfast), 'Clothing for the Afterlife'
Joy Gibson (Stratford), 'Dressing the Supernatural on the Elizabethan Stage'
Sheila Sweetinburgh (Kent), Clothing the naked in late medieval east Kent'
Tessa Storey (London), 'Clothing Courtesans: Fabrics, Signals, and Experiences'
Tobias Capwell (Leeds), ‘Style, symbolism and sentiment in fifteenth century military effigies’
Claire Bartram (UKC), 'Social Fabric in Thynne's Debate Between Pride and Lowliness'
David Goldfarb (Columbia, USA), ‘The Foppish Pole in the Renaissance and Beyond’
Helen Smith (York), 'The Clothing of the 17th Century Book'
Roze Hentschell (Paterson, USA), 'Foreign Textiles and the National Imaginary'
Anne Saunders (Costume Society), ‘“A cloke not made so orderly”: the Merchant Taylors’ Company and the mis-making of clothes’
Sunday 2nd December 2001
Discourse, Body, and Gender
Elizabeth Hallam (Aberdeen), 'Undressing the Body'
Elisabeth Salter (Kent), 'Reworked Material: Discourses of Clothing Culture in early 16th Century Greenwich'
Will Fisher (CUNY, USA), 'Codpieces and Masculinity in Early Modern England'
Andrea Denny-Brown (Columbia, USA), 'Rips and Slits: the Torn Garment & the Medieval Self'
Loreen Giese (Ohio, USA), 'Exposing Illicit Sexuality in Early Modern London'
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