Thomas Percy (1560-1605), one of the organisers of the 'Gunpowder Plot', after unknown artist, etching, early 17th century © National Portrait Gallery, London
Thomas Percy (1560-1605), one of the organisers of the 'Gunpowder Plot', after unknown artist, etching, early 17th century © National Portrait Gallery, London

‘All that Glitters…': Visual Representations of Dress in the Early Modern Period

Conference dates: 14-15 September 2017

Venue: Kunstgewerbemuseum & Lipperheidesche Kostümbibliothek, Berlin

 

Since few garments survive from the early modern period, especially pre-1700, reliance on depictions of early modern dress in art is unavoidable. Dress and textile representations in paintings, drawings, prints, costume books, alba amicorum and sculptures form some of the main visual sources, which in addition to possibilities have various limitations with regards to reliability and interpretation. From fantasy draperies and studio props to true to life portrayals of the sitter’s real garments, the implications of what pictorial representations can offer to dress historians are innumerable and complex.

 

This conference aims to generate a discussion about the extent to which visual sources can be reliable in providing an accurate representation and understanding of the changes and innovations in dress, textiles, fur, haberdashery and jewellery with regards to the context in which they are depicted and used.

 

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