Exhibiting Early Modern Fashion: 16th-Century Grave Clothes

One of the great frustrations of life as an early modern fashion historian is the relative lack of surviving objects, especially compared to both clothes from later time periods and other types of early modern material culture. Some kinds of

Exhibiting Early Modern Fashion: 16th-Century Grave Clothes

One of the great frustrations of life as an early modern fashion historian is the relative lack of surviving objects, especially compared to both clothes from later time periods and other types of early modern material culture. Some kinds of

Subverting Sartorial Norms

Earlier this month I travelled to Paris for a few days for a conference on Nomadic Objects in the early modern world. The last time I was in Paris for an academic event, a year ago, I made it to

Subverting Sartorial Norms

Earlier this month I travelled to Paris for a few days for a conference on Nomadic Objects in the early modern world. The last time I was in Paris for an academic event, a year ago, I made it to

‘Uncharted 4’ and the Value of Objects

Recently I played my first ever Playstation game: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The hype about this game is well deserved – it’s amazing, and really enjoyable to play. The lead character is Nathan Drake, a treasure hunting archaeology buff

‘Uncharted 4’ and the Value of Objects

Recently I played my first ever Playstation game: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The hype about this game is well deserved – it’s amazing, and really enjoyable to play. The lead character is Nathan Drake, a treasure hunting archaeology buff

Art / Fashion / Fabrics / Florence

Having begun this calendar year with a week-long trip to Florence to attend a training seminar on early modern Italian archives run by the Medici Archive Project, at the end of November I returned to Florence to try tackling the

Art / Fashion / Fabrics / Florence

Having begun this calendar year with a week-long trip to Florence to attend a training seminar on early modern Italian archives run by the Medici Archive Project, at the end of November I returned to Florence to try tackling the

Lasting Thoughts on ‘First Impressions’

Studying fashion and dress in early modern Europe, it becomes clear just how much appearances mattered in this period. People took stock of what others were wearing, and they used that information to develop a sense of someone’s identity. This

Lasting Thoughts on ‘First Impressions’

Studying fashion and dress in early modern Europe, it becomes clear just how much appearances mattered in this period. People took stock of what others were wearing, and they used that information to develop a sense of someone’s identity. This

‘Dressd in habits to the Extreme of wonder’: Archival Silences and Frustrating Sources

A few days ago I tweeted something that I had come across in the course of my research. When he was in Constantinople in the mid seventeenth century, the merchant Robert Bargrave noted in his travel diary that a couple

‘Dressd in habits to the Extreme of wonder’: Archival Silences and Frustrating Sources

A few days ago I tweeted something that I had come across in the course of my research. When he was in Constantinople in the mid seventeenth century, the merchant Robert Bargrave noted in his travel diary that a couple

Further Adventures in Lacemaking

I have now been making lace for close to a year and a half. My practice has been a bit sporadic at times, my lace pillow occasionally left untouched for a few weeks, but gradually my skills and confidence have

Further Adventures in Lacemaking

I have now been making lace for close to a year and a half. My practice has been a bit sporadic at times, my lace pillow occasionally left untouched for a few weeks, but gradually my skills and confidence have