Interdisciplinary Conference: Dress Culture in Imperial Russia

Published: 22 January 2016

29-31 March, 2016 Durham University

Dress Culture in Imperial Russia

29-31 March, 2016
Durham University

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 three-day workshop, sponsored by Durham University'sFaculty 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.'

External speakers are likely to include: Svetlana Amelekhina (Moscow Kremlin Museums), Djurdja Bartlett (London College of Fashion), Tom C. Bergroth (Turku Museum), Daniel Green (Harvard University), Kseniia Gusarova (Russian State University for the Humanities), Olga Khoroshilova (St. Petersburg State University of Technology),Justin McCabe Weir (Harvard University), Joanne Turner (Bath School of Art and Design), Jane Pritchard (Victoria and Albert Museum), Pamela Smith (Independent Scholar), Galina Ulianova (Russian Academy of Sciences) and others.


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The 18th-century Russian woodcut (lubok) 'The Barber Wants to Cut the Old-Believer's Beard,' which satirizes Peter I's decree is courtesy of

Dress Culture in Imperial Russia

First published: 22 January 2016