University of Bologna, Dipartimento di Storia Culture e Civiltà, San Giovanni in Monte, Bologna, Italy, September 15, 2016
Deadline-CFP: 30 avr. 2016
The Economy of Dress and Textiles: Avenues of Trade, Production and Consumption in the Early Modern Period
Theme : The cloth and textile market is of central importance to the late medieval and early modern economy. Trade routes, centres of production and patterns of consumption were determining factors that stimulated the influx of luxury cloth and textiles into established fashion and textile markets, while second-hand garments developed their own trajectory. Being sold at auctions and dealer shops, they sometimes enjoyed a second life and were often refashioned. The entire cost related to the fashioning of a garment, which comprised the purchase of raw materials and tailoring expenses, is a reflection of the journey and provenance of the relevant textiles, furs and haberdashery prior to their shaping and consumption. In turn, the respective markets for both low-end and high-end goods also played an important role in social and cultural life, as the cost, display and representations of dress emphasised the wealth and social and political status of the wearer.
The conference aims to generate a discussion about the economy of dress and textiles in relation to the connection between trade, production, consumption and the cost and status of low-end and high-end goods in the late medieval and early modern periods.
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