IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1203: Dress, Textile, and Convention (or Not), II

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:DISTAFF: Discussion, Interpretation & Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics & Fashions
Organiser:Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Paper 1203-aThe Evidence for Textiles and Dress in the Household Accounts (1498-1509) of Lady Margaret Beaufort, Mother of Henry VII
(Language: English)
Sue Powell, School of English, Sociology, Politics & Contemporary History, University of Salford
Index terms: Daily Life, Social History
Paper 1203-bThe Liturgical Vestments of Castel Sant'Elia: Their Historical Significance and Current Condition
(Language: English)
Maureen C. Miller, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 1203-cThe Art of Translating Text into Tapestry: Pierre Desrey and the Troyes Mémoire
(Language: English)
Tina Kane, Vassar College / Metropolitan Museum of Art
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 1203-dSpanish Medieval Silk: The Silk Trade in 14th-Century Spain - Testimony from the Rabbinical Responsa
(Language: English)
Nahum Ben-Yehuda, Department of Jewish History
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Semitic

This session examines the household accounts of a great English lady regarding expenditure on dress and textiles; explicates the unique historical significance of the 27 garment liturgical vestment collection of Castel Sant’Elia, updating researchers on recent conservation efforts and improving accessibility; discusses a unique 15th-century manuscript in which author Pierre Desrey transformed written texts into images for artists to draw for subsequent weaving; and discusses Rabbi Asher ben Yehiel’s pronouncements on the mixing of silk with other fibres in relation to the distribution of silk in 14th-century Spain – as opposed to the 3rd-century Land of Israel.