Preliminary Program

Preliminary Program

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
(Venue: Palazzo Coppini)

Registration, Welcome Reception, and Visit of Museo Fondazione Del Bianco

From Thursday, November 15 to Saturday, November 17, 2018
(Venue: Auditorium al Duomo)

Academic Sessions*, Events, Site Visits, and Receptions**

Session I Patterns of Power: The Politics of Textiles and Dress

  • Miller, Lesley (Senior Curator of Fashion & Textiles; Professor of Dress and Textile History) Victoria and Albert Museum, London; University of Glasgow, UK – Copying and Creating: Textile Choices at the Court of Spain, 1759-1808
  • Teilmann-Lock, Stina (Associate professor) University of Southern Denmark & Thylstrup, Nanna Bonde (Postdoc) University of Copenhagen, Denmark – Intellectual Property in Textiles: from Calicos to Wearable Tech
  • Bethe, Monica (Director of Medieval Japanese Studies Institute (Japan) – Roses and Spangles Travel East: The Story of an Empress’s Manteau de Cour Preserved in a Japanese Convent
  • Blumin, Marina (Curator) Department of History of Russian Culture at State Hermitage Museum, Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation – Revolutionary Headscarf as a Symbol of New Soviet Fashion
  • Cooper, Cynthia (Head, Collections and Research, Curator) Costume and Textiles at McCord Museum, Canada – Tartanizing Canada

Session II Promoting Craft: From Workshop to Gallery

  • Hansen, Michaela (Curatorial Assistant) Department of Costume and Textiles at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA – The Wiener Werkstätte and Wax-Resist Dyeing: Batik Blouses in Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Masetti, Alessandro (Curator) Art, Furniture and Design collections, and Head of Press Relations at Fondazione Giovanni Michelucci, Fiesole, Italy – “Esperienza Artigiana” and the Galleria Vigna Nuova: Craftsmanship and Fashion in 1940’s Florence
  • Warren, Erica (Assistant Curator) Department of Textiles at Art Institute of Chicago, USA – Modern Designer-Craftswomen: Dorothy Liebes and Bonnie Cashin

Session III Fabricating History: Scraps, Remnants, and Samples

  • Grömer, Karina (Archaeologist & staff scientist) Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria – Recreating Dress from Central Europe, 2000 BC – Visuality – Body Language – Identity
  • Matthews David, Alison (Associate Professor) Ryerson University, School of Fashion, Canada & Strasdin, Kate (Senior Lecturer) Falmouth University, Fashion and Textile Institute – Missing Persons: Scraps of History and Textile Clues
  • Vaughan Kett, Anna (Lecturer) History of Art & Design, School of Humanities at University of Brighton, UK – Cotton and Antislavery: The Strange Story of Slave-Labour and Free-Labour Gingham Cloth in the 1850s
  • Brewer, Laurie Anne (Associate Curator) Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, USA – Sample: Idea to Inspiration in Museum Collections

Session IV Cut from a Different Cloth: The Design Legacy of Mortensen, Mitschke, and Phelps

  • Whitley, Lauren (Senior Curator) Department of Textile and Fashion Arts at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston USA – Walter Mitschke’s Textile Designs and American Fashion, 1915-1930
  • Toftegaard, Kirsten (Curator & keeper) Fashion and Textile Collection Design Museum Denmark – Erik Mortensen – Haute Couture – Fabrics and Adornments – 1982 to 1995
  • Matheson, Rebecca Jumper (Adjunct Instructor, MA program) Fashion and Textile Studies at Fashion Institute of Technology, USA – Leather, Denim, Canvas, Corduroy: The Materials of Phelps Associates’ Ready-to-Wear Expansion

Session V Material Locations: Place, Cloth, and Culture

  • Talbot, Lee (Curator) Eastern Hemisphere Collections The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, USA – From Court Costume to “Cool Biz:” Bingata in Okinawa and Beyond
  • Gristina, Susanna (Architect & President) Korai (Territory, Development and Culture), Italy & Campagna, Francesco (Lawyer and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Ghana in Sicily) – The Korai x Kente Project: Turning the Handmade Ghanaian Kente Cloth from a Local Cultural Identity’s Expression to Contemporary Creative Fashion Tool by Involving Communities between Ghana and Sicily
  • Samadova, Asli (External consultant & special projects manager) at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan – A Journey of Kelaghayi, a Traditional Azerbaijani Costume Headscarf, to a Fashion Accessory
  • Areo, Margaret Olugbemisola (Associate Professor/Academic) Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria & Areo, Adebowale Biodun (Associate Professor/Academic) Department of Management Science, College of Social and Management Sciences. Wesley University, Ondo – The Dynamics and Impact of Ankara on Contemporary Nigerian and Global Fashion
  • Irvin, Kate (Curator) Costume and Textiles at RISD Museum, USA – Creatively Defying Brokenness: Repaired Textiles and Future Fashions

Session VI Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On: Embellishment and the Imagination

  • Candréus, Cecilia (PhD & Senior lecturer) Textile Studies, Department of Art History, Uppsala University, Sweden – In Search of Precious Gold and Pearls: The Acquisition of Embroidery Materials used in the Royal Workshops during the Reign of Gustav I Vasa of Sweden (r. 1523-1560)
  • Kay-Williams, Susan (Chief Executive) Royal School of Needlework; Wyman, Angie (Course Leader) Royal School of Needlework, UK Malik, Sophia (Senior Lecturer Textiles) Royal School of Needlework); Rose, Clare (Senior Lecturer) 0.6 Contextual Studies at Royal School)  – ‘Off the Surface’ the Use of the Archive to Inspire Hand Embroidery Practice at the Royal School of Needlework
  • Kargól, Marta (Assistant Fashion & Textile Collection) at Museum Rotterdam, the Netherlands – Embroidered Fabrics into Fashion. Exploring Embroidery Collections of Nellie van Rijsoort
  • Carrara, Gillion (Adjunct Professor) Department of Fashion Design, Department of Art History, Theory, Criticism at School of the Art Institute of Chicago & Kania, Beata (Interdisciplinary artist and educator) School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College; William Rainey Harper College – Absence + Presence of the Embroiderer Beata Kania

Session VII The Future is Now (and Then): From Cellophane to Smart Textiles

  • Sauro, Clare (Director and Chief Curator) Fox Historic Costume Collection Drexel University, USA – “A Season of Cellophane Everywhere”: Cellophane Textiles, 1932-1936
  • Chee, Suzanne (Conservator) Textiles and Fashion at Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney Australia – Tech Couture: The Download on 3D Printed Fashion in Museum Collections
  • Scaturro, Sarah (Head Conservator) Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute, USA – Triumph and Tragedy: Polyurethane’s Fashionable Rise and Chemical Fall
  • Horton, Jo (PhD student & Senior Lecturer) Mixed Media Textiles at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK – Metal Horticulture and New Approaches to Materials, Technology and Surface Treatment in the Processing of High Value Fashion Textiles

Sunday, November 18, 2018
(Venue: Palazzo Coppini)

Excursion to the town of Stia in Casentino which includes visits to the Arte della Lana Museum and to the Tessilnova weaving factory and store/showroom.


* Session order and content is subject to change. The conference is entirely in English.

** Details of daily events, site visits, and receptions to be announced

(last update February 26, 2018)