Clothing on Paper - Conference Cancelled

Friday, June 26th 2020 –Sunday, June 28th 2020

Sadly this conference has been cancelled. Click here for more information. 

At the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

The theme of this year’s conference is a tribute to Ann Saunders MBE FSA (1931 - 2019) the former Editor of ‘Costume’ and celebrates the huge contribution that she made to the Society.
The conference will explore all aspects of the relationship between paper and clothing whether it be in the context of making and designing, communicating ideas or as sources for developing a further understanding of the history of clothes.

Over two days the speakers will present their recent research on subjects as diverse as

Mrs Frances Abington, Actress (1737-1815): The construction of an actress as fashion icon through the newly accessible art of engravings
Muriel Spark’s dry-cleaning The author’s expense accounts augment the picture of Spark herself as a fashion-conscious woman in her prime.
Couture or commerce? Following the paper trail to identify the House of Isobel a highly successful early 20th century designer, who has been largely been overlooked by historiographers of British fashion.
Fast Fashion: English and French Fashion Plates In South America during the early C19th including Les Modes Parisiennes, The Penny Magazine, The Instructor (Printed in London in Spanish to be distributed in South America) compared with the local versions El Museo Americano, Trages y Costumbres and others.

Our keynote speakers are

Dr Hormazd Narielwalla is a London-based artist who primarily works in the medium of collage. His practice also compasses original prints, artist books, and sculpture. Since gaining his Doctorate, he has built his practice around the extensive use of found materials, namely Saville Row and antique tailoring patterns from Europe which together have created a unique archive which explores ideas around the body and the way we choose to formally clothe it

Babette Radclyffe-Thomas is an award-winning journalist who has worked at some of the most influential fashion and style publications in Asia and Europe including Vogue China and Harper’s Bazaar and was the Editor of S Style Magazine and wrote fashion and beauty columns at China Daily. She obtained a Master’s degree in Fashion Journalism from the London College of Fashion in 2013 and won the Harper’s Bazaar Art Plus Fashion Journalism Prize the same year. She is currently a PhD candidate at the London College of Fashion writing her dissertation on fashion, gender and identity in China

The theme of Clothing On Paper has a natural affinity with the Society’s Patterns of Fashion and Patterns for Performance Awards – both have flourished from Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion publications which provide an invaluable way to study dress, reconstruct historic garments and use historic dress as the basis for new designs for stage and screen. The 2020 Awards will be displayed, judged and presented at the Conference on Saturday 27th June.


50% student discounts availible by the generosity of the James Snowden Bequest.