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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 607: DISTAFF, I: Inside Out - Clothing as a Personality Revealer

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Discussion, Interpretation & Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics & Fashion (DISTAFF)
Organiser:Tina Anderlini, Independent Scholar, Russange
Moderator/Chair:Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Paper 607-aChrétien's Chevalier au Lion and the Power of Clothing
(Language: English)
Monica L. Wright, Department of Modern Languages, University of Louisiana, Lafayette
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 607-bHidden Faults?: Costumes and Clothing Accessories as Unveilers of Vices and Virtues
(Language: English)
Tina Anderlini, Independent Scholar, Russange
Index terms: Art History - General, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 607-cNudity, Modesty, and Clothing Defect in Robinet Testard's Art at the End of the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Élodie Gidoin-Barale, Centre d'Études Supérieures sur la Fin du Moyen Âge (CESFiMA POLEN EA 4710) Université d'Orléans
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Mentalities, Social History

In this session we will attempt to define how medieval literature and art use costume and nudity to illuminate personality, how the inside and the outside are in fact closely connected in the medieval mentality. The first paper focuses on Chrétien's Yvain. We shall see how clothing has the power to alter fortunes and make the (wo)man.The second paper shows how specific elements of costume and accessories in art reveal morality by playing with fashion. The last paper studies Robinet Testard's work to define the connections between body, nudity, clothing, and social practices before 1500.