Conference | Desiring Fashion

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on March 21, 2012

From the conference website:

Desiring Fashion: The Consumption and Dissemination of Dress 1750-1850
King’s Manor, University of York, 23 June 2012

Convenor: Serena Dyer

This day conference brings together academic and curatorial work on the desire to dress fashionably in the eighteenth century. From faces to feet, the fashionable men and women of the eighteenth century strove to achieve aesthetic perfection. This series of papers explores the process of fashion dissemination, production and consumption which enabled the fulfilment of these desires, and how this related to the concepts of desire, gender and beauty. The papers to be presented cover subjects such as cosmetics and beauty, fashion plates, silk manufacture and the relationship between dressmaker and client. A small exhibition of fashion plates and accessories from the period will accompany the conference.

Aileen Ribeiro (Courtauld) Desiring Beauty: Women and Cosmetics in the Eighteenth Century

Elisabeth Gernerd (Edinburgh) Pulled Tight and Gleaming: The Stocking’s Position within Eighteenth-Century British Masculinity

Lesley Miller (V&A) Material Marketing: How Lyonnais Manufacturers Sold Their Silks in the 18th Century

Hilary Davidson (Museum of London) Recreating Jane Austen’s Pelisse-Coat

Catherine Flood (V&A) Fashion in Print and the Pleasures of Picturing Modern Life: Fashion Plates and Fashion Satires

Serena Dyer (York) A Beautiful Bargain: Lady Sabine Winn’s Relationship with Fashion

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The registration fee is £12. This includes a simple sandwich lunch, tea and coffee. Registration is now available via our online store. For Members of the University of York, registration is free, but please email cecs1@york.ac.uk to register; the (optional) lunch is £5.

Gardening at Monticello

Posted in books by Editor on March 21, 2012

The perfect way to launch a book, and this book, in particular? A garden party at Monticello, of course! From Monticello:

Book Party Launch for ‘A Rich Spot of Earth’: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden
Monticello, 23 April 2012

Celebrate the launch of Peter Hatch’s “A Rich Spot of Earth”: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Gardenat Monticello. Join us for an elegant garden party with the author as he discusses his pioneering new book. This gorgeous volume tells the history of Jefferson’s unique vegetable garden at Monticello and uncovers his lasting influence on American culinary, garden, and landscape history. The book also showcases the 1980s project that restored the garden to its original glory.

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From Yale UP:

Peter J. Hatch, ‘A Rich Spot of Earth’: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012), 280 pages, ISBN: 9780300171143, $35.

"Peter Hatch’s vibrant and enthusiastic passion for preserving Thomas Jefferson's farming legacy at Monticello reminds us all of the time-tested continuity and historical root of this kind of agriculture." - Alice Waters, from the Foreword

Were Thomas Jefferson to walk the grounds of Monticello today, he would no doubt feel fully at home in the 1,000-foot terraced vegetable garden where the very vegetables and herbs he favored are thriving. Extensively and painstakingly restored under Peter J. Hatch’s brilliant direction, Jefferson’s unique vegetable garden now boasts the same medley of plants he enthusiastically cultivated in the early nineteenth century. The garden is a living expression of Jefferson’s genius and his distinctly American attitudes. Its impact on the culinary, garden, and landscape history of the United States continues to the present day.

Graced with nearly 200 full-color illustrations, “A Rich Spot of Earth” is the first book devoted to all aspects of the Monticello vegetable garden. Hatch guides us from the asparagus and artichokes first planted in 1770 through the horticultural experiments of Jefferson’s retirement years (1809–1826). The author explores topics ranging from labor in the garden, garden pests of the time, and seed saving practices to contemporary African American gardens. He also discusses Jefferson’s favorite vegetables and the hundreds of varieties he grew, the half-Virginian half-French cuisine he developed, and the gardening traditions he adapted from many other countries.

As Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello since 1977, Peter J. Hatch has been responsible for the maintenance, interpretation, and restoration of its 2,400-acre landscape. He has written several previous books on Jefferson’s gardens and is an advisor for First Lady Michelle Obama’s White House kitchen garden. He lives in Charlottesville, VA.

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