Exhibition | Luxury in Silk: Fashion in the 18th Century

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on November 25, 2018

From the GNM:

Luxury in Silk: Fashion in the 18th Century / Luxus in Seide: Mode des 18. Jahrhunderts
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, 5 July 2018 — 6 January 2019

Sacque (sack-back gown or robe à la française), ca. 1760 (Nuremberg: Germanisches Nationalmuseum).

In 2017, the GNM was able to acquire a remarkable object: a one-piece silk dress from the period around 1760 with a hooped skirt from about the same time. The colours of the silk fabric are extremely well-preserved; the pale blue background with the colourful flower decoration has hardly faded at all—which is extremely rare in textiles from this period.

But what did one wear with a dress of this kind? In the exhibition, splendid jewellery, accessories, and ‘fancies’ such as headpieces and collars, fans and gloves, silk stockings and shoes complete the picture of a lady ‘à la mode’. Contemporary portrayals and excerpts from historical literature also give a deep insight into the enormous skill that went into making such elaborate clothing and accessories. With around 100 items on display, the exhibition offers a fascinating insight into luxury clothing of the 18th century and also examines various issues within historical textile and clothing research.

New Book | Georgian Jewellery, 1714–1830

Posted in books by Editor on November 25, 2018

First published in 2007, this book was reprinted this fall by ACC Art Books:

Ginny Redington Dawes with Olivia Collings, Georgian Jewellery, 1714–1830 (New York: ACC Art Books, 2018), 192 pages, ISBN: 978-1851499212, $85.

Georgian Jewellery is a celebration of the style and excellence of the eighteenth century and of the ingenuity that produced such a wealth of fabulous jewelry. Heavy academic tomes have already been written about the period, but this book examines it in a more colorful and accessible way. The book aims to show that Georgian jewelry is not only the stuff of museums and safe boxes, but that it can be worn as elegantly and fashionably today as it was 200 years ago.

Much disparate information about the jewelry has been gathered together and the period is brought alive by portraits and character sketches of famous Georgians in their finery, fashion tips, gossip, and some rather outrageous cartoons of the time, as well as fascinating recently discovered facts. With information on how to identify, buy and repair pieces, this sumptuously illustrated volume contains the largest single catalogue of eighteenth-century jewelry.

Ginny Redington Dawes, a life-long collector of antique jewelry, has written two previous books on the subject: The Bakelite Jewellery Book and Victorian Jewellery. Staff writer for MGM Screengems Music, she is also a successful composer; she wrote the book, music and lyrics for the off-Broadway show The Talk of the Town and has won a CLEO award for music for advertising.

Olivia Collings became fascinated by the seventeenth-century alchemist and jeweler Christopher Pinchbeck at an early age and bought her first piece of antique jewelry aged seven. She trained in an exclusive Bond Street antique jewellery shop before starting her own business in 1975 and has continued learning about and dealing in Georgian jewellery ever since. She is now an independent jewelry consultant.

Call for Papers | World-Making, 1500–1800

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 25, 2018

From the Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara:

World-Making, 1500–1800
University of California, Santa Barbara, 22–23 February 2019

Proposals due by 7 December 2018 (extended from 20 November 2018)

Frans II Francken, Allégorie de l’Occasion, detail, 1628 (Musée d’art et d’archéologie du Périgord).

The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites proposals for our annual conference, World-Making, 1500–1800, to be held on February 22 and 23, 2019. We are happy to announce our two keynote speakers: Su Fang Ng (Clifford A. Cutchins III Professor and Associate Professor of English, Virginia Tech) and Daniel O’Quinn (Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph).

Worldmaking, 1500–1800 will explore the ways in which worlds—large and small, local and global, conjectural and experiential—were conceived and created in early modern England. We invite conversations that address and interrogate the concept of ‘world’ broadly construed, as well as conversations that attend to the ‘making’ of worlds in social, institutional, and political frames and by and through various media. How is a world—or the world—represented, portrayed, and evoked? How do such representations, portrayals, and evocations create worlds? What are the possible interactions between fictive world-making and lived experiences of the world?

Topics for panels and roundtables may include, but are not limited to
• the global early modern
• worldmakers
• gender, sexuality, trans, and queer studies in the global early modern
• critical race studies
• global mobilities
• travel narratives / narratives of exploration
• mapping and making
• worlds of writing and print
• global media and technology
• translation and mediation
• currency, capital, and trade
• fictive worlds and their makers
• religious worlds
• utopias, dystopias, apocalypses, and imagined futures
• creating and representing worlds on stage
• early modern embodiment and the body’s relation to world
• worlds shaped by affect, emotions, and mind
• the phenomenal world and ‘world’ in phenomenology
• historiography
• making and conjuring worlds of the archive

We invite abstracts of 150 to 200 words and a one-page CV to be sent to emcfellow@gmail.com by December 7, 2018. We envision and invite both twenty-minute panel presentations and ten-minute roundtable presentations; we will also consider complete panel or roundtable proposals. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the conference organizer, Unita Ahdifard, at emcfellow@gmail.com.

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