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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Conference Alert: Dress & the Natural World

Via the Ethnomuseums listserv:

Courtauld History of Dress Association Annual Conference: dress & the natural world

Friday 27 June and Saturday 28 June 2008

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, Courtauld Institute of Art
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R

From feathers to leathers, bones to stones, jewels and furs and hair, people have long adorned their bodies with such materials, or their facsimiles. Clothing and other types of adornment made from animal parts or representing other elements of nature has provided some of the most striking dress through time and across cultures. This conference aims to explore such convergences between dress and the natural world. Speakers include academics, museum curators and textile conservators and promise to offer two days of absorbing papers and lively discussions.

Download conference booking form and programme and the website.

For further information please contact Sonnet Stanfill or Helen Persson, Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL, UK, Email:

The Courtauld History of Dress Association is a registered charity. CHODA’s aims are to sponsor students and guest tutors for the MA course in the History of Dress. The annual conference provides a venue for new research in dress and fashion history.

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