|ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History / symposiums|
Abegg Colloquium on
"FASHION AND CLOTHING IN LATE MEDIEVAL EUROPE"
reported by Rosalia Bonito Fanelli
An International Colloquium "FASHION AND CLOTHING IN LATE MEDIEVAL
EUROPE" The papers were primarily in
English, but also in German and French. The speakers coming from
Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Belgium were all
knowledgeable specialists in their fields - university professors and
doctoral candidates, museum curators and independent scholars.
We were all very graciously treated courtesy of the Abegg Foundation.
Each day was dedicated to a different theme:
I- Individual Pieces of Clothing
II- Clothing and Fashion from Different Social Levels
III- Symbolic Aspects of Clothing and Fashion.
On the first afternoon we were able to see the current Abegg exhibition
"Woven Gold - Metal threads in textile art": The precious objects
covering from antiquity to the nineteenth century were not only
elegantly displayed but also accompanied by macrophotos of the metal
threads and precise scientific descriptions
We then also visited the Abegg restoration laboratory where currently
there were sixteenth and seventeenth-century costumes from Darmstadt
and several Chinese and Mongolian articles of clothing. Each object
required a different restoration approach.
On the second afternoon at the Bern Historical Museum we viewed and
discussed problems in restoration and reconstruction of Late Medieval
garments. A beautiful fifteenth-century gold-embroidered orphrey could
be inspected close up.
The last day ended with a final discussion which left everyone in
general agreement about the need for an exchange of ideas and
information from various points of view in order to corroborate
findings and reconstructions. Cultural, economic, theological and art
historians,archeologists, restorers and technical specialists -
weavers, embroiderers and tailors - all contribute vital information,
My considerations concerning the discussion are mainly communicative.
The basic vocabulary of terms must be clearly defined before giving
form to any expression. Furthermore the documents cited, the images
proposed and the actual objects need to be mutually verified.
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