‘Clothing on Paper’

Conference 2021: Clothing on Paper

The 2021 Costume Society conference will be held online and it is hoped that many more of our members and followers, nationally and internationally will be able to join us this year.

The theme of the 2021 conference pays tribute to Ann Saunders MBE FSA (1931-2019), former Editor of Costume and celebrates the huge contribution she made to The Costume Society. The conference celebrates the relationships between clothing and paper and we will hear from leading academics, creatives, students and industry professionals as we explore the multiple ways paper connects with the world of costume. 

Registration will open soon for the Costume Society conference, open to members and non-members.

Session 1 Saturday 26th June 14:00-17:00 BST

Keynote Hormazd Narielwalla

Paper 1 Pat Poppy - Lost in translation and other pitfalls of written clothing records (1603-1715)

Paper 2 Lauren Martin - Millinery through the British Newspaper Archive

Paper 3 Marcelo Marino - Fast fashion: English and French fashion plates in early 19th century South America

Session 2 Wednesday 30th June 19:00-20:30 BST

Paper 4 Susan Brown - From page to stage: A mantua-maker's journal and the reconstruction of an 18th century theatrical workshop

Paper 5 Joanna Jarvis - Mrs. Frances Abington, actress (1737-1815): The construction of an actress as fashion icon through the newly accessible art of engravings

Session 3 Saturday 3rd July 14:00-17:00 BST

Keynote Babette Radclyffe-Thomas

Paper 6 Stamos Fafalios and Mirsini Pichou - The ATOPOS cvc Paper Garment Collection: Where East meets West

Paper 7 Fiona Jardine - Muriel Spark's drycleaning

Paper 8 Verity Wilson - "The most satisfactory material": Crepe paper and fancy dress

Session 4 Wednesday 7th July 19:00-20:30 BST

Paper 9 Hannah Wroe - Couture or commerce? Following the paper trail to identify the House of Isobel

Paper 10 Felice McDowell - P.S. from Jill and Sally: Patterns for fashion and young female selfhood in the early pages of Petticoat magazine

Session 5 Wednesday 21st July 19:00-20:00 BST

Exclusive Event: Finals of The Costume Society's Patterns of Fashion and Patterns for Performance

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