Thursday, 6 September 2012

New WordPress Blog

I have started a new blog over at WordPress which details my academic research and experiences. The address for the new blog (which is much more regularly updated!) is Take a look and follow me there!

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Desiring Fashion: The Consumption and Dissemination of Dress 1750-1850 - Review

Thank you to everyone who came to my conference and exhibition 'Desiring Fashion: The Consumption and Dissemination of Dress 1750-1850'. I do hope that you enjoyed it! For those who didn't make it, Ruth Mather, one of the chairs, has written a fabulous review on her blog. Read it here!

Monday, 30 April 2012


I have recently found out that I have been awarded the Costume Society Bursary to attend the Making of a Monarchy for the Modern World conference in London in June, and also that I am the 2012 recipient of the K G Ponting Bursary from the Fashion Museum in Bath.

Both of these pieces of funding will contribute to the research I am currently undertaking for my thesis entitled 'Dressing the Beau Monde: Fashion, Intimacy and Business in the Eighteenth Century'. I'm giving papers on this research at the White Rose Eighteenth Century Conference at Leeds in May, and at my own conference, Desiring Fashion, at York in June.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Desiring Fashion: The Consumption and Dissemination of Dress 1750-1850

Information about the conference I am currently organising, Desiring Fashion: The Consumption and Dissemination of Dress 1750-1850, is now available on the University of York website.

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) - TBC

Catherine Flood (V&A) - 'Fashion in Print and the Pleasure of Picturing Modern Life:fashion plates and fashion satires'

Serena Dyer (York) - 'A Beautiful Bargain: Lady Sabine Winn's relationship with fashion'

Registration: The registration fee is £12.00. This includes a simple sandwich lunch, tea and coffee. Registration will be available shortly via our online store.

Members of the University of York : Registration is free, but please email to register. Lunch (optional) is £5.00.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

An article about my work has just got live on the University of York website. In it I discuss my work with experimental archaeology and how I have used it in my academic research. Take a look here.