Everyday Dress and the Reconstruction of Early Modern Material Culture, 1550–1650
ERC Refashioning the Renaissance Conference
10–11 September 2021
Online | Aalto University, Finland
This international conference develops new perspectives in early modern dress and fashion history by asking two interrelated key questions: How did fashion beyond groups of wealthy elites develop in early modern Europe, and how can we gain access to the culture of lower social groups when so few garments survive, and sources about clothes are fragmentary? Combining archival, material, and pictorial evidence with experimental hands-on work and reconstruction, this conference explores the key agents of fashion change at the lower social levels in Early Modern Europe, and investigates how experimental work, reconstruction, and material-based approaches can help us understand and access early modern dress and material culture.