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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 239: Resurrecting Lost Medieval Garments

Monday 1 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Discussion, Interpretation & Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics & Fashion (DISTAFF)
Organiser:Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Elizabeth Coatsworth, now retired
Paper 239-aThe Meaning and Role of Experiment in Reconstruction of Costume
(Language: English)
Santa Jansone, Faculty of History & Philosophy, University of Latvia, Riga
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Folk Studies, Social History
Paper 239-bHow to Dress an Archbishop: The Sartorial Dilemma of St Edmund of Canterbury (d. 1240)
(Language: English)
Terryl N. Kinder, _Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses_, Pontigny
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Paper 239-cHeaddresses for Special Occasions?
(Language: English)
Tina Anderlini, Independent Scholar, Russange
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Religious Life, Social History, Women's Studies

The first paper compares reconstructions of medieval Baltic dress with the available knowledge from graves, analysing the assumptions and possible prejudices which can influence reconstructions. The second discusses the ecclesiastical vestments of a 13th-century English archbishop who died in France and was buried in Pontigny: what they were, what remains, and how they got from their origins to France and beyond. The third brings together rich 13th- and 14th-century head ornaments, some elaborately embroidered, from convents and graves, questioning whether they had a special meaning.