[H-verkko] Helsinki, New Approaches in Art and Fashion History

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Agricolan tapahtumakalenteriin on lähetetty uusi ilmoitus:

New Approaches in Art and Fashion History

Helsinki, Fabianinkatu 24
22.4.2016 klo 00:00 –  klo 12:00

New Approaches in Art and Fashion History, 22.4, 10.00-11.45

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Room 136 (first floor), Fabianinkatu 24

Paula Hohti, Professor of History of Art and Culture,

Department of Art, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Fashionable Europe:Popular dress and the cultural and material meaning of
clothing in Early Modern Italy

The sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries represented an important period of
change in Italian fashions. The rapid changes in tastes and the wide circulation
of new fashion innovations made a break with the traditional, local ways of
dressing, changing not only the way clothing was made, decorated and worn, but
also introducing new values into the systems of dress. This major
transformation, however, was not limited to the wealthy elites, as dress and
fashion historians tend to believe. Instead it extended to the ways in which
clothing was used and understood by men and women way below the nobility,
providing a new, dynamic ability for urban artisans and shopkeepers from barbers
and bakers to shoemakers and innkeepers to experiment with fashion. Drawing on a
range of documentary, visual and material evidence, this paper will explore some
of the fundamental questions relating to the ‘democratization’ of fashion in
the early modern period. The aim is also to introduce new, material-based
‘hands-on’ methods for the study of historical dress.

Dr. Jacqueline Spicer (Post doc at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and
Architecture, Department of Art, 2015-2017)

Formulating Beauty: Cosmetic Recipes in the Art and Everyday Life of Renaissance

The act of beautification was fundamental to the art of Renaissance
self-fashioning. The early sixteenth-century saw a boom in painted images of
women’s beauty routines, paralleled by the introduction into the print market
of affordable recipe books full of instructions for everyday beauty
applications. These books represent a bridge between upper and lower social
strata, between so-called ‘high’ art and everyday practice, but until now
have received little attention in the scholarship on beauty.

This paper addresses representations of cosmetics in the art and literature of
Renaissance Italy. Drawing on cosmetic recipes books, among other sources, it
will re-examine key examples within the context of the material culture of
cosmetics, demonstrating the significance of makeup use in formulations of
Renaissance femininity. Overall, it explores the interaction between art, and
the rituals of everyday life, demonstrating how making-up played a central role
not just in artistic discourses on femininity, but equally, in the daily
activities through which men and women formed their own identities. Examples of
Italian Renaissance cosmetic products reconstructed from contemporary recipe
books will be included in the presentation, and will be available for audience
handling afterwards.

Tiedustelut: Eva Johanna Holmberg (eva.holmberg at helsinki.fi)
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