“All That Glitters…”: Visual Representations of Dress in the Early Modern and the Boundaries of Reliability
Dressing The Early Modern Network Conference
Thursday and Friday 14-15 September 2017, Kunstgewerbemuseum & Lipperheidesche Kostümbibliothek, Kulturforum, Berlin, Germany
Since few garments survive from the early modern period, especially pre-1700, reliance on depictions of early modern dress in art is unavoidable. Dress and textile representations in paintings, drawings, prints, costume books, album amicorum and sculptures form some of the main visual sources, which in addition to possibilities have various limitations with regards to reliability and interpretation. From fantasy draperies and studio props to true to life portrayals of the sitter’s real garments, the implications of what pictorial representations can offer to dress historians are innumerable and complex.
PhD students and early career researchers are invited to speak using case studies about the reliability of visual representations in relation to mapping fashion in the early modern. We invite potential speakers to submit as a single document: (1) a 300-word paper abstract, which should include the main question of the research project or paper, (2) a paper title, (3) a brief curriculum vitae and a short biography of 150 words maximum, (4) institutional affiliations and (5) contact information to the Dressing the Early Modern Network at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each speaker will be allotted twenty minutes. The deadline for submissions is 30 May 2017. Notification of the outcome will be advised by e-mail on or before 15 June 2017. Please note that funding is not provided for this event, so participants will be required to fund and arrange their own travel and accommodations.
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