Translating Fashions in Europe (1500-1700)

16. 07.2013 // 6pm

Public Lecture: “BEARDS, MASKS AND MUFFS: Translating Fashions in Europe, 1500-1700”

Prof. Evelyn Welch, King‘s College London

  • Evelyn Welch studied Renaissance History and Literature at Harvard University and then went on to gain my PhD from The Warburg Institute. She has held positions at the Universities of Essex, the Warburg Institute, Birkbeck, Sussex and Queen Mary, University of London and came to King’s College London in 2013.
  • Professor Welch’s early work centred on Renaissance Milan and fifteenth-century court culture. She became interested in issues of consumption and went on to work with colleagues in Economic History and Cultural History, resulting in publications on shopping, marketplaces and pedlars. She has led a number of major collaborative projects including ‘The Material Renaissance: Costs and Consumption in Italy, 1300-1600’; ‘ Fashioning the Early Modern: Creativity and Innovation in Europe, 1500-1800’; and ‘Beyond Text: Performances, Sounds, Images, Objects’,
  • Her current work asks how and why objects and actions (such as ruffs, wearing a beard, piercing your ears, using fans, etc.) spread in Europe and why others did not.
  • Evelyn Welch works closely with museums and galleries and with media companies to ensure that early modern material culture is well understood by the public. She has been involved in the development of the V&A’s Medieval and Renaissance Galleries and the Europe, 1600-1800 galleries.

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