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School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Russian Studies

Dress Culture in Imperial Russia

G von Urlaub, Dress Reform in Russia (images are courtesy of Pamela Smith)

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Interdisciplinary Conference

29-31 March, 2016

Russian dress culture is located at a nexus of intersecting histories: of Russia's relationship with the East and West; of attitudes towards gender and sexuality; of ethnic, social and religious identity; of industrial and technological change; and of ideological and aesthetic developments. This conference, generously supported by Durham University's School of Modern Languages and Culture and Faculty of Arts & Humanities, and the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies, will explore Russian dress culture of the Imperial period from a range of disciplinary and comparative perspectives. The workshop will bring together researchers in art history, cultural, literary, historical, museum, fashion and textile studies, in order to examine dress culture from the reign of Peter the Great to the October Revolution.

The keynote address will be given by Olga Vainshtein, Lead Researcher at Moscow Research Institute for the Humanities.The title of her talk is

'Minimalism in Russian and European Dandy Culture of the Nineteenth Century: Defining the Concept of Structure in Fashion History.'

Speakers, discussants and chairs will include: Galina Aksenova (School Studio of the Moscow Art Theatre), Svetlana Amelekhina (Moscow Kremlin Museums), Djurdja Bartlett (London College of Fashion), Sarah Davies (Durham University), Daniel Green (Harvard University), Jesse Gardiner (Durham University) Kseniia Gusarova (Russian State University for the Humanities), Victoria Ivleva (Durham University), Olga Khoroshilova (St. Petersburg State University of Technology), Amanda Murphy (Colby College),Sheila Pattle (University College London), Jane Pritchard (Victoria and Albert Museum), Pamela Smith (Independent Scholar), Janet Stewart (Durham University), Joanne Turney (Bath School of Art and Design), Sergey Tyulenev (Durham University), Galina Ulianova (Russian Academy of Sciences), Justin McCabe Weir (Harvard University) and others.

Organizers: Victoria Ivleva -- viktoria.ivleva@durham.ac.uk and Daniel Green -- dlcgreen@fas.harvard.edu