IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 607: DISTAFF, II: Dress - Evolution and Meaning

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Discussion, Interpretation & Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics & Fashions (DISTAFF)
Organiser:Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Elizabeth Coatsworth, now retired
Paper 607-aPurity, Autonomy, and Celestiality: Jewish and Christian Ritual Garments
(Language: English)
Nahum Ben-Yehuda, Department of Land of Israel Studies & Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Paper 607-bHer Best Bonnet and Gown: Evolution of Early Tudor Women's Dress on Church Monuments
(Language: English)
Challe Hudson, Independent Scholar, Durham, North Carolina
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Social History, Women's Studies

The oldest European button fastening dates to the Bronze Age, yet buttons only start to play a significant role in European dress in the 12th century. What took them so long, how did they finally arrive, and what were the consequences? Late 15th- early 16th century English monumental effigies depict diverse and distinct combinations of hat and gown, hinting at forgotten social norms, religious and political allegiances and international cultural exchanges. Semiotic aspects of Jewish ritual garments in medieval Bohemia are analysed and compared to contemporary Christian ritual garments and their meaning, in a paper directly related to the theme of ‘Otherness’.