Robin Netherton to lecture in Boston
- Summary: Robin Netherton will give several lectures in Boston on
November 8th, cost $25 if pre-registered.
Announcing a day of historical costume lectures at MIT on November 8,
Robin Netherton is an independent scholar specializing in costume of the
Middle Ages and Renaissance. Since 1982, she has given lectures and
workshops for academic audiences, historical societies, reenactment
groups, and writers' organizations, both on practical aspects of period
costume and on costume as an approach to social history, art history,
andliterature. Her research focuses on the development of the cut of
Western European clothing in the 12th through 15th centuries, and also
on the depiction and interpretation of clothing by artists and
historians, both medieval and modern.
Room opens for seating at 9:30 AM.
The scheduled times are approximate, as it is hard to estimate how
long the Q & A times will last after the lectures, but the first
lectures should begin at
10 AM SHARP
TWO 14TH-CENTURY DRESS STYLES (2 hours)
Includes two lectures:
The Gothic Fitted Dress
The fitted fashion popular throughout much of Europe in the late
14th century and early 15th century has been the object of much
speculation, regarding such matters as who wore it, how it was made, and
even what it was called. (The term "cotehardie," often applied to this
style, was most likely not the term used by the women who wore it.) A
detailed analysis shows the various versions and uses of this style, how
it evolved from earlier unfitted fashions, and how it formed the basis
for the development of the more structured fashions of the 15th and 16th
centuries. The lecture examines some likely construction techniques as
well as the social significance of the fashion and its presentation in
The Greenland Gored Gown
Costume references frequently cite the garment finds from the
14th-century cemetery at Herjolfsnes, Greenland, as examples of medieval
European clothing construction. This lecture re-examines some common
assumptions about these gowns in light of overlooked details in the
original study report, the cultural context of the Greenland colony, and
the likely methods of clothing construction used by the Greenlanders.
Thediscussion gives special attention to the oft-cited "10-gore" gown
and how it might influence our understanding of 14th-century European
noon - 2 LUNCH BREAK
Participants may bring lunch or eat at any of several on-campus or
TWO 15TH-CENTURY OVERDRESSES (2 hours)
Includes two lectures:
Will the Real Sideless Surcote Please Stand Up?
Common wisdom holds that the sideless surcote was a popular female
fashion of the late 14th century and much of the 15th century in
England, France, and Flanders. Looking closely at the artwork that
portrays this fashion, though, we can trace several distinct stages in
the development and use of the style and its implications for the
wearer. A slide lecture will show how to distinguish between the
surcote's uses as a real garment and as a symbolic device in artwork,
with special attention to practical
issues of construction.
The 15th-Century V-Neck Gown
The so-called "Burgundian" style that dominates much of
15th-century fashion in Western Europe is in fact two separate styles,
which have distinctive characteristics and are apparently constructed in
two completely different ways. An examination of artwork over the course
of the century demonstrates the differences and provides clues as to how
the two styles developed and the ways in which they may have been made.
When Medieval Meets Victorian: The Roots of Modern Costume Sources (1.5
Too often, today's costume sources present "facts" about
medieval and Renaissance costume that are actually misinterpretations
dating from the Victorian era. This lecture traces the development of
modern costume scholarship and examines the motives and methods of
19th-century costume historians. Armed with this information,
21st-century costumers can learn how to recognize -- and compensate for
-- Victorian influence in current sources.
At the speaker's request, no audio or video taping of the lectures will
The location is MIT Room: 4-231. For a map of MIT with the building
This is not an SCA event.
Cost is $25.00 for those who pre-register. Cost at the door will be
$40.00, but it is unlikely that any last minute space will be available,
as attendance is limited to 60. A few work-study slots will be available
for people who can help but can't afford to pay.
Make the check out to
Laura Dickerson and mail to 3 Audubon Road Lexington, MA 02421