Inaugural Dressing The Early Modern Network Conference: Exploring Early Modern Dress: The Merits and Challenges of Diverse Sources

19 September 2015
Dutch University Institute for Art History (NIKI)
Viale Torricelli 5, 50125 Florence Italy (  

Topics include extant garments and textiles, dress and nationhood in archival sources, dress in portraiture, and the integration of archival and visual sources.

09:00              Registration 

09:00-09:30   Morning Coffee and Tea

09:30-09:45   Welcome

09:45-11:15   Panel 1: Extant Garments and Textiles 
Chair: Professor Evelyn Welch, King’s College London

The Contribution of Material Culture to Fashion Studies, Elisa Tosi Brandi (University of Bologna) 


Cross-Referencing Data in Account Books and Textile Fragments, Suzanne Lasalle (European University Institute, Florence)

Putting the Pieces Together: Dress in Seventeenth-Century Gothenburg, Sweden, Eva Andersson (University of Gothenburg)

10:45-11:15   Discussion

11:15-11:45   Coffee and Tea Break

11:45-13:15   Panel 2: Archival Sources and Nationhood 
Chair: Professor Luca Molà, European University Institute, Florence

Early Modern Fashion in Italy: A Matter of Sources, Lucca and Florence, Bruna Niccoli (University of Pisa) 

Raincoat or ‘jamberloek’: Fashion Among the Dutch in Early Modern Istanbul According to Probate Inventories, Final Wills and Personal Correspondence, Marloes Cornelissen (Sabanci University, Istanbul)

Dressing an Early Modern Ambassador: How to Trace Diplomatic Clothing in the Sources? Laura Mesotten (European University Institute, Florence)

12:45-13:15   Discussion

13:15-14:30   Lunch Break 

14:30-16:00   Panel 3: Decoding Portraiture
Chair: Professor Luca Molà, European University Institute, Florence

Dress Studies and Visual Culture: Depicting Dress in Ghirlandaio’s Tornabuoni Portraits,  Maria Merseburger (Humboldt University, Berlin)

The Philosopher and His Nightgown, Elise Urbain Ruano (Ecole du Louvre and Université Lille 3)

How a Fashion and Dress Approach Can Give New Perspectives to History, Kjerstin Vedel (Museum of Natural History, Frederiksborg and University of Southern Denmark) 

15:30-16:00   Discussion 

16:00-16:30   Coffee and Tea Break 

16:30-18:00   Panel 4: Integrating Archival and Visual Sources
Chair: Professor Evelyn Welch, King’s College London

‘Shewed like a bear’: Fur Fashion in Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-Century Florence, Patricia Lurati (University of Zurich)

Dutch Seventeenth-Century Jewellery: Researching the Representativeness of Jewels in Paintings, Monique Rakhorst (Radboud University, Nijmegen and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)

Textiles, Threads and Linen: Sources for the History of Early Modern Fashion in the Southern Netherlands (1650-1700), Hannelore Magnus (KU Leuven)

17:30-18:00   Discussion

18:00-18:10   Closing Remarks 

18:10-19:00   Drinks in the Garden

There is no registration fee for this conference and lunch will be provided.
Please email us to RSVP at by 31 August 2015 if you plan to attend. The venue has a limited capacity and we need to provide accurate catering numbers for lunch.

Organised by Jola Pellumbi and Sara van Dijk Dressing the Early Modern Network  
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