Funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA), the “Fashioning the Early Modern: Creativity and Innovation in Europe 1500-1800” project takes fashion seriously, asking the simple question: how and why did certain goods such as wigs, new textiles, ribbons, ruffs and lace become successful in early mod¬ern Europe while others failed? How far did these goods travel and how were they transmitted across linguistic, social and ge¬ographic borders? These are questions that remain relevant and our project demonstrates how a study of creativity and innovation as an economic and cultural force in the past can help our understanding of the same issues today.
The two-day “Fashioning the Early Modern: Creativity and Innovation in 1500-1800 Europe” conference took place at the Victoria and Albert Museum. It was organised around three themes: Innovation, Dissemination and Reputation.
The conference programme is available here.
Abstracts from the conference can be accessed here.