Fashioning the Early Modern final conference 2012

Event Date: 
Fri, 14/09/2012 - 10:00 to Sat, 15/09/2012 - 18:00
Victoria and Albert Museum


Why did men from Spain to Sweden start to shave their heads and wear someone else’s hair in the mid-seventeenth century? Why did women decide that it was necessary to wear masks and other full-face coverings in public towards the end of the century? What was the economic and social impact of the sudden proliferation of ribbon-making machines?

The “Fashioning the Early Modern: Creativity and Innovation in Europe 1500-1800” 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 mod¬ern Europe while others failed? How far did these goods travel and how were they transmitted across linguistic, social and ge¬ographic 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.

The two-day “Fashioning the Early Modern: Creativity and Innovation in 1500-1800 Europe” conference will take place at the Victoria and Albert Museum. It will be organised around three themes: Innovation, Dissemination and Reputation. The following key profile speakers have been invited: Lesley Miller (Victoria and Albert Museum) , John Styles (University of Hertfordshire), Evelyn Welch (University of Queen Mary, University of London).


For the latest conference programme  see file at the top of this page.


The registration fee is per day and includes refreshments and conference materials.

Full registration fee: £25.00
Concessionary registration fee: £20
Student registration fee: £10

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