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Tuesday 16 June at 16:00 (CET/ Italy Time), Via Zoom

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What do visual aspects of an object or source reveal that material ones do not? What does the materiality of a source disclose that visuality does not? How can historians of fashion consider side by side the visuality and the materiality of sources? Why should we consider them together? Through discussion this event is intended to explore how material and visual sources and their combined study can inform research and improve our understandings about the History of Fashion. The discussion will be comprised of two panels addressing first the theme of circulation, and then intangibility when considering fashion through visual and material sources.


15:50 Please join the zoom meeting early for a prompt start

16:00-16:10 Opening Address, Moïra Dato (HEC Researcher, EUI)

Panel 1: The Material and Visual Circulation of Fashion 16:10-16:50

Abstract: This panel will consider how material and visual sources have been circulated, or could be used to study the circulation of fashion. The panel will address how fashion could be considered as mobile or used to enable, enforce or restrict mobility, through society or space. Similarly, the discussion will reflect on how fashion might play a role in maintaining or changing identity.


Bu Yun Chen (Swarthmore College, USA)Beverly Lemire (University of Alberta, Canada)Simona Segre Reinach (Università di Bologna, Italy)

Moderators: Moïra Dato and Iseabail Rowe (HEC Researchers, EUI)

16:50-17:10 Break

Panel 2: Fashion and the Intangible 17:10-17:50

Abstract: This panel will discuss what fashion might reveal about the immaterial aspects of the past like emotional or sensory experiences. The discussion will consider how fashion might be used to express or reveal intangible concepts such as beliefs or ideologies. The conversation will centre on how we could use visual and material sources to better understand these elusive concepts and evaluate their impact on the History of Fashion.


John Styles (California Institute of Technology, USA)Ariane Fennetaux (Université Paris Diderot, France)Emanuela Scarpellini (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy)

Moderators: Iseabail Rowe and Elena Rizzi (HEC Researchers, EUI)

17.50-18.00 Closing remarks: Giorgio Riello (Professor of Early Modern Global History, EUI)


We look forward to wide participation on the day and want to encourage a round-table style of discussion, we hope attendees will come prepared to participate and converse.