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One Object, Many Voices: Fashion History Up Close: Encounters with the Materiality of Victorian Parasols

a selection of Victorian closed colourful silk parasols

Tuesday 27 June 2023, 6.00PM to 8:00 pm

Speaker(s): Dr Cordula van Wyhe, Chris Holland, Rick Sutton, Gil Dye

This public workshop will bring you up-close to several objects that have never been shown in public. Join our panel of craftspeople and researchers for an exploration of the various ways in which the materials of these fashion accessories can be studied. In an accessible and entertaining format, our specialists will offer new insights into studying and working with these materials. They will show that the expertise of a lace-maker, bone-carver, and material scientist are just as relevant for a richer understanding of fashion history as that of dress and art historians.

Speakers are:

Dr Cordula van Whye (Department of History of Art);
Gil Dye (independent researcher and lace maker)
Dr Chris Holland (Senior Lecturer in Natural Materials, the University of Sheffield);
Rick Sutton (bone carver)

To find out more about the speakers, visit the Meet the Team page on the DMDA website.

Want to go further? Historic Country Houses are a great place for studying fashion history in all its many dimensions! Visit the Yorkshire Country House Partnership website for more information on local houses and their collections.

This event is presented by York Art History Collaborations and the Digital Museum of Dress Accessories (DMDA), the Department of History of Art, University of York, in association with the Yorkshire Country House Partnership (YCHP).

Book tickets via Eventbrite.

This is the second of three One Object, Many Voices events held in June/July 2023: please check the Department's Event page for details of the other two or follow the links below:

One Object, Many Voices: An Evening with Giambologna (York Festival of Ideas) on Monday 12 June

One Object Many Voices: Fashion History Up Close: Looking at Georgian Fashion from the Inside Out at Fairfax House, York, on Wednesday 12 July


Location: King's Manor - University of York Exhibition Square York YO1 7EP

Admission: Free admission, booking required via Eventbrite (see below)