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Metro New York Region: Jane Austen's Wardrobe

Dec 16

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Jane Austen's Wardrobe


Join the Metropolitan New York Region for our annual birthday meeting and a talk on "Jane Austen's Wardrobe" with acclaimed dress historian andauthor Hilary Davidson of the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Davidson will discuss her acclaimed new book, Jane Austen’s Wardrobe, which features photos of Austen’s surviving garments and accessories, including her jewelry, assembled for the first time. The book provides a unique glimpse inside the closet of a stylish dresser and genius writer.

Hilary Davidson is a dress, textiles and fashion historian and curator. Her work encompasses making and knowing, things and theory, with an extraordinary understanding of how historic clothing objects come to be and how they function in culture.

After dropping out of high school to pursue her interests through global travel, Davidson trained as a bespoke shoemaker in her native Australia before completing a Masters in the History of Textiles and Dress at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton) in 2004. Since graduating, her practice has concerned the relationship between theoretical and highly material approaches to dress history, especially in the early modern and medieval periods. As a skilled and meticulous handsewer, she has created replica clothing projects for a number of museums, including a ground-breaking replication of Jane Austen’s pelisse. At the same time she lectured extensively on fashion history, theory and culture, on semiotics, and cultural mythologies, especially red shoes.

Registration for this event starts at $60. In honor of Jane Austen’s birthday, the region is subsidizing the costs of the venue, catering, and other expenses for our members to keep this fee as low as possible. Donations to support the event are welcome!

Register now!

Or mail a check, payable to JASNA-NYM, to our Treasurer, Christina Feicht, 150 East 69th Street, Apt. 7H, New York, NY 10021. To reserve your spot, registration checks must be received by December 8.