CFP: Frills and Furbelows? Textile Ornamentation and Dress Adornment in Museums and Historic Houses

Frills and Furbelows? Textile Ornamentation and Dress Adornment in Museums and Historic Houses hosted by The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD)

When: 9 June 2016

Where: Wolverhampton City Campus, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Submission guidelines: Please send title and abstract of c.300 to 400 words to Laura Ugolini by 1 March 2016. Individual papers are usually 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. CHORD also welcomes shorter, 10 minute presentations, which might focus on a specific collection, new project or work in progress.

CHORD invites submissions for a workshop that explores ornamentation and adornment – both textiles and dress – in the collections of museums and historic houses.

Papers focusing on any historical period or geographical area are welcome. Museum professionals, conservators, students, academics or anybody with an interest in the topic are warmly invited to submit a proposal. CHORD welcomes both experienced and new speakers, including speakers without an institutional affiliation.

Potential speakers are welcome to discuss their ideas with the organiser before submission (please see details above). Some of the themes that  might be considered include (but are not limited to):

  • The care, display and interpretation of … trimmings, passementerie, tassels, fringes, antimacassars…
  • The role of textile and dress ornamentations in museum and historic house displays.
  • The craft, conservation, repair and care of ‘frills and furbelows’.
  • Furnishings, ‘soft’ goods and textile ornaments in the recreation of historic interiors, exteriors and gardens.
  • Dress and textile ornamentations in portraits, representations, monuments and effigies.
  • The care, display and interpretation of handkerchiefs, pockets, ribbons, hat trimmings, medal ribbons…
  • The biography of ornaments, from production to incorporation in museum or historic house collections.
  • ‘Frills and furbelows’ in gift shops and cafes.

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