#MetGala In All Its Glory

We’ve now had a week to digest the photos, the fashion, and the inevitable memes of Met Gala 2018. Hopefully a week has been enough time to take in the weird, wonderful, and worshipful experience that was this year’s annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute. Each year the gala’s theme is based onContinue reading “#MetGala In All Its Glory”

Seminar: Medieval Textiles: Meaning and Materiality, 25th November 2016

Birkbeck Medieval Seminar: Medieval Textiles: Meaning and Materiality On the occasion of the V&A Museum’s unprecedented exhibition of opus anglicanum, this one-day interdisciplinary conference brings together leading and emerging scholars working on questions of meaning and materiality in medieval textiles, both real and imaginary.   The conference is organised by Birkbeck Medieval Seminar and the History of Art Department withContinue reading “Seminar: Medieval Textiles: Meaning and Materiality, 25th November 2016”

Conference: Textile Gifts in the Middle Ages (Rome, 3-5 November 2016)

Gifts of textiles and clothing appeared in diverse contexts and fulfilled various functions in pre-modern Europe. They could be offered in the course of an initiation rite and or an act of social transition, including upon investiture, marriage, or entry into a monastery. Gifts of clothing to the poor, meanwhile, were among the works of charity thematized in theContinue reading “Conference: Textile Gifts in the Middle Ages (Rome, 3-5 November 2016)”