Victoria deLorenzo

Victoria de Lorenzo 
PhD Candidate
Lord Kelvin-Adam Smith PhD Scholarship

Research title: Connecting Threads: The Transnational Textile Trade between Nineteenth-century Britain and the Spanish-speaking World

Research Summary


What happens when a nineteenth-century Scottish textile company produces traditional Mexican scarves and exports them to Latin America? This is the kind of question at the heart of this project, which sets out to explore the transcultural exchanges between nineteenth-century Britain (especially Scotland) and the Spanish-speaking world, created through the production, trade and consumption of textiles. This general research question will be addressed by studying

  • cases of UK textile production destined for the export to Spanish-speaking countries,
  • the ways in which UK textile exports were integrated and re-signified in the countries that imported them, and
  • if and how these processes of adaptation abroad fed back into UK textile production and perception of Spanish-speaking cultures.

Thus, the project will contribute to a better understanding of trade as an intercultural practice that goes far beyond the mere exchange of objects because it affects and changes the communities involved.



  • 'Supplying Woollens for Cristóbal Balenciaga: A Comparative Analysis of the Commercial Strategies of Garigue and Agnona (1947-1968)', Fashion Theory, 25.4 (2021), 481-511  [DOI:]

Conference Proceedings: 

  • 'La perméabilité culturelle dans le développement de la technologie imperméable. Le Poncho au 19ème siècle', in De la mer aux textiles. Journée d'étude 2018-AFET , edited by Corinne Duroselle (Paris: AFET, Les Indes savantes, 2019) ISBN: 978-2-84654-529-7
  • with Rosa Creixell, 'Fabricando novedad: Los oficios de la seda en la Barcelona de 1700, entre la tradición y la innovación', in Libro de actas: I Coloquio de investigadores textil y moda, edited by Silvia Carbonell (Terrasa: Centre de Documentació i Museu Tèxtil de Terrasa, 2017), pp.86-93 ISBN:978-84-697-7760-2 [Open-Access:]


  • 'Book Review: The Wardle Family and Its Circle: Textile Production in the Arts and Crafts Era By Brenda M. King', The Journal of Dress History, 3.1 (Winter 2019), 112-116.
  • 'Cristóbal Balenciaga, Moda y Patrimonio—Conversaciones [Cristóbal Balenciaga. Fashion and Heritage—Conversations]. An Exhibition by Judith Clark at the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa, Getaria (San Sebastian), March 24, 2018 – January, 24, 2019', Fashion Theory, 24.3 (2019), 419-434  [DOI: 10.1080/1362704X.2019.1611306]
  • 'Book Reviews: Mariu Emilas, Balenciaga: Mi Jefe; Hubert de Givenchy, Denis Itxaso, Tony Willlis, Eloy Martinez de la Pera and Igor Uria, Rachel L. Mellon Collection', Costume, 53.1 (2019), 135-137 [DOI: 10.3366/cost.2019.0107]


Collaboration in a monograph:

  • Miller, Lesley Ellis, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion (London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2017) [ISBN:978-1851779031] I helped to compile the glossary and compiled the appendix. The appendix is on Cristóbal Balenciaga's textile suppliers from 1938-1968.


Public Engagement:

  • Academic Blogpost: de Lorenzo, Victoria, ‘“H” for Headdress’, Dressing the New World. Blog edited by Dr.Corinne Thépaut-Cabasset , November 2016 []



  • Lord Kelvin and Adam Smith PhD Scholarship 2017-2021
  • Ella Maxwell Travel Scholarship, University of Glasgow, 2018 
  • Conference Travel Grant, Royal Historical Society, 2018
  • Research Activity Grant, The Pasold Research Fund, 2017
  • Research Activity Grant, The Pasold Research Fund, 2015
  • 'Becas Fórmula Santander' grant towards an international exchange, 2013




  • 'Nuevos caminos del hispanismo' (Les nouveaux chemins de l’hispanisme), organized by École des hautes études hispaniques  et ibériques, Sorbonne Université, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3 and Université de Nantes, Casa de Velázquez, Madrid (Spain), 16-17 October 2018. Academic workshop that brought together French and Spanish academics and PhD students in order to reflect on the prospect methodologies of the discipline of hispanic studies. 
  • ‘Le Dessinateur, Design in Translation’, Clothworkers Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (United Kingdom), 11 December 2015. Academic venue that brought together: museum curators, scholars and students from UK and overseas in order to discuss the translation into English of the first manual for the silk designer Le Dessinaterur, published in Paris in 1764



  • 'Supplying Woollens for Cristóbal Balenciaga: A Comparative Analysis of the Commercial Strategies of Garigue and Agnona (1947-1968)' given at I International Conference on Cristobal Balenciaga, Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa, Getaria (Spain)[online], 1-2 October 2020 
  • 'La perméabilité culturelle dans le développement de la technologie imperméable. Le Poncho au 19ème siècle' given at: De la mer aux textiles. Journée d'étude 2018-AFET, Musée Maritime de La Rochelle, La Rochelle (France), 12-13 October 2018
  • 'Global Cross-Cultural Influences through the Study of a Failed Transaction from the Philippines to West Africa: A Case of Hispanic 'Guinea Cloth' in 1778' given at: A Taste for the Exotic: Cross-Cultural Influences in Early Modern Dress and Textiles, Abegg-Stiftung, Riggisberg (Switzerland), 26-27 September 2018
  • 'Weaving Co-dependency in the Light of Informal Empire: Nineteenth-century Textile Between Britain and Spanish-Speaking America' given at: Co-dependent Empires: 2nd Annual Conference of Imperial Entanglements. Trans-Oceanic Networks in British and Spanish Colonialism and their Legacy, Museo Histórico de Acapulco Fuerte de San Diego, Acapulco (Mexico), 13-14 July 2018
  • with Rosa Creixell, 'Fabricando novedad: Los oficios de la seda en la Barcelona de 1700, entre la tradición y la innovación' given at: I Coloquio de investigadores textil y moda, Grup de Recerca Tèxtil i Moda and Fundació Història del Disseny, Centre de Documentació i Museu Tèxtil de Terrasa, Terrasa (Spain), 17-18 November 2017
  • de Lorenzo, Victoria, 'From the Philippines to West-Arica: A case of Hispanic 'Guinea cloths' in 1778' given at: Interwoven. Dress that Crosses Borders and Challenges Boundaries, The Association of Dress Historians, Art Workers' Guild, London (United Kingdom), 27-28 October 2017
  • with Rosa Creixell,  ‘Towards a science of bleaching. The translation and dissemination of Francis Home’s Experiments on Bleaching in Spain’, given at: Colour in Cloth Pasold Research Fund Conference, University of Glasgow and Edinburgh College of Art, Glasgow and Edinburgh (United Kingdom), 10-11 April 2017
  • de Lorenzo, Victoria and Rosa Creixell, ‘Fabricating Novelty: The Barcelona Silk Trade in the Eighteenth Century’, given at: Fabrications: Designing for Silk in the Eighteenth Century, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London (United Kingdom), 5 March 2016


Public Engagement:

  • with Albert Salvador, 'En conversación: Bordando la revuelta interior. Las creaciones textiles de las artistas de Alma', given at: Symposium on Alma, Es Baluard, Palma de Mallorca, 15 February 2019, in the context of: Alma. Mediums and Visionaries (Alma. Mediums i Visionaries), exhibition on textile and other forms of 'extraordinary art' held at Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, 15 February 2019 to 2 June 2019 - 




Undergraduate Teaching

  • General Teaching Assistant (GTA), History of Art Level 1, School of Culture & Creative Arts 2020-2021
  • General Teaching Assistant (GTA), Language Skills for Junior Honours,Hispanic Studies, School of Modern Languages, 2020-2021
  • General Teaching Assistant (GTA), History of Art Level 1, School of Culture & Creative Arts, 2019-2020
  • General Teaching Assistant (GTA), Hispanic Culture for Begginers, Hispanic Studies, School of Modern Languages, 2019-2020 
  • General Teaching Assistant (GTA), Language Skills for Begginers, Hispanic Studies,School of Modern Languages, 2018-2019 

Additional Information


Victoria de Lorenzo is a PhD Candidate at the University of Glasgow. She achieved a Master’s in History of Design (2016) from the V&A /RCA (London). Earlier, she was awarded a BA in History of Art (2014) from the Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona), with a national exchange at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Madrid) on a Séneca-Sicue scholarship, and an international exchange at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) with a 'Becas Fórmula Santander' grant. She also holds a BA in Textile Design (2008) from ESDI (Barcelona) with an Erasmus at EnSAD (Paris).


  • English
  • Spanish
  • Catalan
  • Italian
  • French

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