Constructing Costume Histories Symposium

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A symposium showcasing the crucial contribution of costume makers to the history and ‘histories’ of costume and dress.

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Dr Jade Halbert and Dr Veronica Isaac are working together to organise Constructing Costume Histories, a research project which showcases the crucial contribution of costume makers to the history and ‘histories’ of costume and dress.

This inaugural event on Friday 30th April 2021 is a free-to-attend online symposium


11.00-11.15: Introduction and Welcome

11.15-11.45: Rebecca Morrison, QMUL: ‘And Dresses by Miss Rein’

11.45-12.15 : Liz Garland, University of Huddersfield: ‘In the Eye of the Deceiver’

12.15-12.45: Amy Hare, UAL Wimbledon: ‘Corsets, Crinolines and Modernity: The Enduring Legacy of Jeanetta Cochrane, Norah Waugh, Margaret Woodward and the Central School of Art’

12.45-1.00: Reflection on Morning Session General Questions for all morning speakers

*** 1.00-2.00pm : LUNCH AND SCREEN BREAK ***

2.00-2.15pm: Introduction and Welcome to Afternoon Session

2.15-2.45pm: Toni Bate, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA): ‘Open to Interpretation: The Reconstruction of Historical Theatrical Costume’

2.45-3.15pm: Stephanie Blythman, Independent: ‘Contact tracing: finding the networks between actors, textile merchants, and tailors in 17th Century Paris’

*** [15 minutes Screen Break/Tea Break] ***

3.30-4.30pm: KEYNOTE: Jenny Tiramani, The School of Historical Dress: '‘A Quest for the Holy Grain via the Land of Serendip’.

4.30pm-5.00pm: Questions for Jenny and Closing Remarks

Through this event (and those which will follow), Constructing Costume Histories, will bring a new dimension to our understanding of costume, construction, and makers within the context of dress and theatre history. Uniting expertise from the lecture theatre, the workroom, and the wardrobe, the project will initiate and celebrate new avenues within interdisciplinary approaches to costume and dress history.

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