Type : colloque.
Date : 19 mai 2017, 9h-18h.
Lieu : University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.
Milliners, mantua-makers, tailors, stay-makers, dressmakers, and embroiderers – both professional and domestic – made up an a diverse, knowledgeable, and skilled workforce. Their handiwork lay behind the creation of magnificent court robes and elaborate embroidery, as well as shirts, shifts, aprons and petticoats. This conference aims to investigate the skills, techniques, and methods involved in manufacturing clothing – both for men and women. It also engages with the innovative methodology of garment reproduction, and will investigate questions around the usefulness of this approach, and how to present and disseminate such research findings.
The keynote and conference papers will be followed by an interactive workshop, during which participants will have the opportunity to examine reproduction garments at various stages in the making process, and to try their hand at contemporary sewing skills.
This conference is organised by Dr Serena Dyer (Associate Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Warwick and Curator of the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture). For enquiries, please email s.f.c.dyer@or fashioningdress@ .
9.30-11.00 Session One
Panel One: Skill and Needlework, OC0.05
Ariane Fennetaux: ‘Work’d pockets to my entire satisfaction’: the skill and work in needlework
Vivenne Richmond: Stitching uniformity? Needlework instruction manuals in nineteenth-century elementary schools
Cecilia Candréus: Gender, craft skill and professionalism in the trade of embroidery c. 1650–1800
Panel Two: Construction and Reconstruction, OC1.03
Susan North: Epidemiology and Sleeve Seams: can the construction of a shift explain population growth?
M Faye Prior & Anni Shepherd: Making and Using Reproductions at York Castle Museum
Sophie Pitman: Material knowledge and textile literacy: reconstructing the clothing of early modern London
11.00-12.00 Keynote (OC0.01)
Chloe Wigston Smith: Title TBA
13.00-15.00 Session Two
Panel One: Tailors and Tailoring, OC0.05
Sarah Howard & Alison Carter: A Provincial Tailor’s Account Book, c. 1795-1810
Adelina Modesti: The Account Books of Lorenzo Gabbuggiani (1651 – 1734), Principal Tailor at the Grand Ducal Medici Court
Cecilia Aneer: The Language of Craftsmanship: 17th Century Tailoring Practices through Objects and Documents
Alison Larkin: Tambour and Twist: Analysing Embroidery on Men’s Clothing in the Later Eighteenth Century
Panel Two: Methodologies of Reproduction, OC1.03
Carolyn Dowdell: Making History: An Exploration of Reproduction as a Research Methodology
Sarah Bendall: Sewing “deform’d” fashions: Understanding Women’s Experiences & Challenging Historical Myths with Historical Dress Reproduction
Hilary Davidson: ‘The dreadful epoch of Mantua-making’: Research and Reproduction in Regency Dress Construction
15.30-17.00 Session Three
Panel One: The Mantua Maker and Women’s Work, OC0.05
Rebecca Morrison: The Ingenious Mistress of Dissimulation: Or how to cut a gown the eighteenth-century way
Sarah Birt: Creative Women’s Work: Exploring Skill and Occupational Identities in Early Modern England
Emily Taylor: A profusion of confusion: How maker’s adapted to new styles in women’s dress c.1785-1815
Panel Two: Making Small Things, OC1.03
Nicole Pohl: Knitting Needles, Knotting Shuttles, & Totums & Cards & Counters’: The Bluestockings and Fibre Arts
Alice Dolan: Institutional Garment Provisioning: A Case Study of the Foundling Hospital 1758-1772
Alicia Kerfoot: The Fabric of Footwear: Needlework, Reproduction, and the Stitched Layers of Narrative in The History and Adventures of a Lady’s Slippers and Shoe
17.00-18.00 Sewing Skills Workshop, OC1.03
For information about registration, see the official website of the event: https://fashioningdress.wordpress.com/