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Clothing Memories – Seminar and Networking event, University of Westminster

Tuesday 18 June 2019, 16:00-20:00

Clothes are often trivialised but for many they are an important conduit to the past and provide connection with others. From a neuropsychological perspective, personal clothing supports and embodies our memories. It connects us to the past, supports our sense of identity, and unites us with others. People who are displaced from their homes (refugees, people in care, homeless people, prisoners) often lose their personal clothing or find that their clothes and other material possessions are disregarded. We argue that this has real consequences for cognitive and psychological health, as well as negatively impacting their sense of belonging.

Blue X ray image of clothing

Helen Barff ‘Marion’ 2019, cyanotype on fabric,102 x 76 cm

This forum brings together neuropsychologist Professor Catherine Loveday, artist Helen Barff, writer Suzy Joinson, and fashion curator Alison Moloney of the Centre for Fashion Curation to share their work on the importance of clothing as memory scaffolding in vulnerable populations. We will also hear from Tan, who escaped Vietnam 34 years ago on a boat, and arrived in the UK via a refugee camp. He will talk about the importance of clothing for him.

Presentations will be followed by an interdisciplinary panel discussion of speakers: Prof Julie Twigg (Professor of Social Policy at Kent University); Professor Steve Brown (Professor of Social and Organisational Policy at the Open University) and Nasrine Matin (Head of Reducing Reoffending at HMP Downview). The panel will discuss the relevance and impact of clothing in their own research and settings, as well as considering ways in which practice and policy might need to be changed.

The event will be followed by an informal networking session with refreshments and an opportunity to interact with some of our work.

The event is free but booking is essential by clicking on the Eventbrite link.

Tue, 18 June 2019, 16:00 – 20:00

At the University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, London, W1W 6UW


TECHNE/AHRC-funded workshop Research and the Historical Archive of Dress



TECHNE/AHRC-funded workshop

London College of Fashion/Clothworkers’ Centre, Blythe House, Victoria and Albert Museum 28 and 30 November 2017

This workshop will consist of sessions spread over two days: one day at the Centre for Fashion Curation (28 November 2017), and one morning at the V&A Museum’s Clothworkers’ Centre (30 November). It aims to expand the participants’ understanding of collecting and archiving through the analysis of selected garments and a focus on material object handling practices. These experiences will support participants in addressing questions and practices they may encounter as part of their research.

The workshop is intended for the growing number of Ph.D. students engaging with archives of historical dress, costume for performance and related accessories. Deriving from a range of educational and practice backgrounds, the specialist skills inherent to textile object handling, mounting and storing may not be part of their existing knowledge. Although this course will not generate fully knowledgeable experts in archival techniques, its intended outcome is to provide an introduction to the complexities of historical dress handling and insights into the practice of material culture and museology.

The training will be delivered by eminent curators and practitioners from the Centre of Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion and from the Clothworkers’ Centre, V&A Museum.

Lunch will be provided.

Visit the Techne website for full programme.

Places are limited. To apply, please email: cffc@arts.ac.uk with a brief descriptor of your PhD project, and why and how this workshop would benefit your research (selection of attendees will be based on this). Closing date: Tuesday 31 October 2017.


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