Fashioning Dress: Sewing and Skill, 1500-1850

Conference and Historical Sewing Skills Workshop, University of Warwick, 19th May 2017

Fashioning Dress: Sewing and Skill, 1500-1850

Conference and Historical Sewing Skills Workshop

University of Warwick

19th May 2017

Conference Information

University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

19th May 2017, 9.00-18.00

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Keynote Speaker: Dr Chloe Wigston Smith (University of York)

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@warwick.ac.uk or fashioningdress@gmail.com.

This event is sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Warwick.

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