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Early Modern Dress and Textiles – A Research Network


The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is funding a two-year investigation into Early Modern European Dress and Textiles. The topic was chosen because of dress studies’ increasing importance as a scholarly discipline and its role in understanding the past.

In Early Modern Europe, what you wore was supposed to define who you were. Identities (gender, social, geographic) were meant to be clearly displayed on the body from the hat or kerchief on the head to the stockings and shoes on the feet. Much of this was made from expensive textiles and the investment in clothing at all levels of society was enormous, generating a constant concern to monitor and regulate this form of display.
An increasing number of scholars in different disciplines are now turning to dress and textiles and their histories in order to better understand the multiplicity of meanings that they offered in different parts of Europe between 1500 and 1800. Their study often involves archival work and literary analysis. At the same time those involved in preserving and displaying these items, and those concerned with reconstructing dress (often for theatrical purposes) have developed a much deeper understanding of the material qualities of Early Modern dress and textiles- what they were made from and how. This network brings these researchers, who often work in very diverse settings and with very different sources together over a two-year period in order to address a series of common questions.


  • To bring together scholars and practitioners working with early modern dress and textiles in different disciplines and settings to identify common areas of understanding and to develop new research tools
  • To debate common practical and theoretical problems concerning early modern dress and textiles
  • To pool data, bibliography and glossaries for web dissemination
  • To establish a virtual discussion group for continued discussion and debate.

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Lexis Project

Lexis Project : University of Manchester ‘The lexis of cloth and clothing in Britain c. 700-1450 : origins, identification, contexts and change’

It is hosted by The University of Manchester, under the direction of Professor Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Professor of Anglo-Saxon Culture in the English and American Studies Subject Area within the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, in conjunction with Dr Cordelia Warr, Lecturer in the History of Art in the Art History and Visual Studies Subject Area of the same School, and Dr Louise Sylvester, Reader in English Language at the University of Westminster, London.

Dr Warr rejoined the Project in January 2008 after a sabbatical leave period, during which she was replaced byFrances Pritchard, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester.

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Se vêtir à la Cour de France et dans les cours européennes : usages, consommation, circulation (1650-1800)


Éléments essen­tiels du « paraî­tre », les maniè­res de se vêtir défi­nis­sent les iden­ti­tés dis­tinc­ti­ves du prince et du cour­ti­san, tout comme elles dif­fé­ren­cient les iden­ti­tés et les condi­tions dans la société moderne en géné­ral. Souvent abordé au détour de ques­tions poli­ti­ques ou de sujets rela­tifs à la vie quo­ti­dienne dans les cours euro­péen­nes, le cos­tume de cour n’a jamais été traité en tant qu’objet d’étude à part entière, en rai­son de l’hété­ro­gé­néité (tex­tes, ima­ges, objets) et de la dis­per­sion géo­gra­phi­que des sour­ces, d’où la cons­ti­tu­tion d’une équipe plu­ri­dis­ci­pli­naire et inter­na­tio­nale. Sans écarter la pro­blé­ma­ti­que désor­mais clas­si­que de la rela­tion entre vêture et pou­voir, le pro­gramme de recher­che pro­pose un autre regard sur les appa­ren­ces ves­ti­men­tai­res des grou­pes diri­geants, quit­tant le seul point de vue du prince pour se pla­cer également du côté de l’usage et des usa­gers du paraî­tre ves­ti­men­taire dans le micro­cosme curial. Cette appro­che induit la ques­tion de la règle et de l’usage ainsi que cel­les de l’économie du paraî­tre et de la cir­cu­la­tion de modè­les ves­ti­men­tai­res entre les cours.

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Fashioning the Early Modern : Creativity and innovation in Europe 1500-1800

Funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA), this project takes fashion seriously, asking the simple question: how and why did certain goods such as wigs, new textiles, ribbons, ruffs and lace become successful in early mod­ern Europe while others failed? How far did these goods travel and how were they transmitted across linguistic, social and ge­ographic borders? These are questions that remain relevant and our project demonstrates how a study of creativity and innovation as an economic and cultural force in the past can help our understanding of the same issues today…

MLitt Art History: Dress and Textile Histories

This postgraduate degree explores the production, consumption, fashion, taste, gender, domestic, ecclesiastic and civic interiors, shops and shopping. Drawing upon the knowledge of interdisciplinary academic and curatorial experts the course will include both taught and research components building upon the Research Network in Textile Conservation, Dress and Textile History and Technical Art History. There will also be chances for in-depth study in one of the offered specialist options.

Glasgow and surrounding area was a major centre for the intercontinental textile and clothing industry. The delivery of this programme will provide unique access for primary research on the internationally significant collections in Glasgow Museums, including the Burrell Collection, and business and design archives in Glasgow University Archives Services. There will also be contributions from other institutions such as The Glasgow School of Art, Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, and the National Museums of Scotland, which includes the National Museum of Costume at Shambellie House. Students will learn aspects of the curation, interpretation and preservation of dress and textiles in museums, archives and historic interiors with opportunities for work placements.

History of Art at Glasgow is number one for Research in the UK.

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La soie thaïlandaise : un patrimoine culturel

Dans le cadre du Festival international de la diversité culturelle de l’UNESCO, la Délégation permanente de Thaïlande a organisé des manifestations culturelles, artistiques et scientifiques autour du thème « La soie thaïlandaise : un patrimoine culturel » entre le 18 et le 20 mai 2009 à la Maison de l’UNESCO à Paris. Cet événement se composait d’une série de colloques, d’une exposition-démonstration, d’un spectacle suivi par un défilé de mode.

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