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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 732: Presenting Dress in the Public Sphere

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Rosalind Mearns, National Trust of Australia, Sydney
Moderator/Chair:Eva Andersson, Instistutionen för historiska studier, Göteborgs universitet
Paper 732-a(Re)Viewing the Past: Visual Representation of Medieval Danish Kings in 16th-Century Tapestries
(Language: English)
Sidsel Frisch, National Museum of Denmark, København
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Social History
Paper 732-bFabricating History: Examining the Construction of Medieval Dress-Ups at Heritage Sites in the South West of England
(Language: English)
Rosalind Mearns, National Trust of Australia, Sydney
Index terms: Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Social History
Paper 732-cMediating Medieval Material: Towards a Model of Good Practice in the Reconstruction of Historical Clothing - The Case of the Knitted Caps
(Language: English)
Jane Malcolm-Davies, Centre for Textile Research, Københavns Universitet / Tudor Tailor, Godalming
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Social History

The ways in which medieval dress is presented to the public, and how it is interpreted by them, has a long and challenging history. From 16th-century tapestries to modern-day reconstructions, public understanding of the reality of medieval clothing has often been skewed by the assumptions and biases of the producers and the viewers. Using three case studies, this session will explore how these representations have an impact on public perceptions of the medieval period and explore methods that may overcome these challenges today.