Workshop: Frills and Furbelows? Textile Ornamentation and Dress Adornment in Museums and Historic Houses

The CHORD (Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution) workshop on:

Frills and Furbelows? Textile Ornamentation and Dress Adornment in Museums and Historic Houses

will take place at the University of Wolverhampton


9 June 2016

The programme, together with abstracts, registration details and further information, can be found at:


Passementerie, early 19th century, possibly French, Silk and metal thread, 14.0 x 7.6 cm, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20.82.18. Gift of Miss Harriet Abbe, 1920. Image courtesy of

The programme includes:

Kate Strasdin, Falmouth University, ‘Forgotten Ephemera: the Hidden Histories of Late 19th Century Embellishment’

Jenni Dixon, Birmingham City University, ‘Beautiful Ingenuity: Luckcock’s Buttons and Male Display in the Eighteenth-Century’

Anthea Harris, University of Birmingham, ‘ “Coptic” Ornamental Textiles in the Care of the Ure Museum, Reading’

Naomi Bailey-Cooper, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, ‘How can embellishment deliver an alternative to the decorative and seductive notion of exotic animal materials?’

Rosamund Weatherall, National Trust Textile Conservation Studio, ‘Investigation and revelation: The documentation and conservation of the hangings of the Spangled Bed from Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent’

Anna Sznajder, ‘Linking communities through travelling textile craft collections – Bobbin lacemakers from Central and Eastern Europe’

Mark Wallis, ‘War & Peace’

Alison Toplis, University of Wolverhampton, ‘Rural Embellishment: Smock Frock Case Histories’

The workshop will be held in room MC413, Millennium City Building, University of Wolverhampton.

The fee is £16.

For further information and to register, please see the workshop web-pages, at:

Or contact Laura Ugolini, at:


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