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Our core team consists of a Principal Investigator, two Postdoctoral Researchers, Research Fellow, PhD Student, and a Project Coordinator. In addition, we collaborate with other researchers, and are supported by an Advisory Board.



Professor Paula Hohti Erichsen, Principal Investigator

Paula is assistant professor and a fashion and material culture historian at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Her research focuses on the Italian Renaissance, with a special focus on the role and function of dress at the lower artisanal levels. Paula has received her PhD from the University of Sussex, UK, and she has been a co-Principal Investigator in two major international research projects, The Material Renaissance, Costs and Consumption 1450–1600 and Fashioning the Early Modern, Creativity and Innovation in Europe 1600–1650, led by professor Evelyn Welch. In 2016, she received the two million-euro award from the European Research Council (ERC consolidator grant), to study historical and digital reconstruction as a methodology for dress historians.



Dr Michele Robinson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Michele holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Sussex, where she was also a teaching fellow in 2017. Her past research has explored domestic life and material culture in early modern Bologna, especially in relation to children and young people. As a post-doctoral researcher for this project she examines how ideas about fashion and masculinity spread through print as well as the production of clothing, accessories and cosmetics at home.



Dr Sophie Pitman, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Sophie is a cultural historian of the early modern period, with a particular interest in clothing, textiles, and material culture. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge and was a postdoctoral scholar on the Making and Knowing project at Columbia University. She has published on sumptuary law and issues of luxury and identity in the seventeenth century, and is interested in tailoring during and after the English Civil War and colour and dyes in the early modern world. For the Refashioning Project, Sophie co-ordinates the reconstruction experiments and is investigating surviving garments across European collections.



Anne-Kristine Sindvald Larsen, Doctoral Candidate

Anne-Kristine Sindvald Larsen is a historian who earned her degree at the University of Copenhagen in 2016. She has several years of experience working in Danish archives and museums, and in her previous research the focus has been the consumption of objects and textiles in the lower classes in early modern Copenhagen. As a Doctoral candidate in the project she will continue this research.



Piia Lempiäinen, Project Coordinator

As a Project Coordinator, Piia is responsible for overseeing the practical side of the project progression, from coordinating meetings and workshops to editorial work. She is also responsible for outreach and social media. Piia holds a MA in Finnish and Nordic History from the University of Helsinki, and her own research focused on medieval and early modern clothing terminology and class.


Dr Stefania Montemezzo, Research Fellow

Stefania was a Research Fellow in the project from October 2017 to July 2019. She holds a PhD in Economic History from the University of Verona, and had previously been a Research Fellow at the University of Bologna for 3 years. Her research interests focus on international trade between Europe and the Mediterranean area in the Renaissance. Due to her extensive experience with archival work, she was responsible for the collection of data from the Italian sources for the project.




We are grateful for being able to co-operate with many scholars, expert makers and institutions

Jenny Tiramani, Melanie Braun, Pamela Smith, Maj Ringgaard, Jo Kirby, Natalia Ortega, Jenny Boulboullé, Art Proaño Gaibor, Krista Vajanto, Maarit Kalmakurki, Cecilia Aneer, Mattia Viale, Umberto Signori, Jane Malclom-Davies, Andrea Caracausi, Elena Kanagy-Loux, Jo Kirby.

Renaissance skin project, ARTECHNE project, Making and Knowing Project, Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World of the University of Padua, Textile Studies Unit at Uppsala University, Nationalmuseet, Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Textile Conservation department and Ratti Center, Museum of London, Museum of Copenhagen, Turku Cathedral Museum, Palazzo MocenigoSinebrychoff Art Museum, Rijksmuseum, Fondazione Lisio, Tessitura Luigi BevilacquaNido di SetaSchool of Historical DressTrelleborgen Viking Museum.


We would like to thank

Taina Pierrier, Pasi Kainulainen (Mixtum), Heidi Pöydä, Jirina, Antti Kuparinen, Jodie Cox (WildSide), Iina Karhunen, Katri Hämäläinen, Swan River Craft.