textiles reading group


Initiated in 2014 in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, the Textiles Reading Group meets on a monthly basis to discuss selected readings. It draws together academics and researchers working across a varied range of topics, from Renaissance modes of luxury to dress in China, Islamic textiles to Australian colonial dress.


Members of the Textiles reading group at their annual Christmas ‘show and tell’. L to R: Susan Scollay, Natasha Amendola, Catherine Kovesi, Laura Jocic, and Margot Yeomans

Members of the Textiles reading group at their annual Christmas ‘show and tell’. L to R: Susan Scollay, Natasha Amendola, Catherine Kovesi, Laura Jocic, and Margot Yeomans

Past readings have included:

Bellanta, Melissa."Business Fashion: Masculinity, Class and Dress in 1870s Australia". Australian Historical Studies 48, no.2 (2017): 189-212.

Benjamin, Walter. The Arcades Project.  Cambridge, Mas.: Belknap Press, 1999.

Bier, Carol. "Patterns in Time and Space: Technologies of Transfer and the Cultural Transmission of Mathematical Knowledge across the Indian Ocean." Ars Orientalis 34 (2004): 172-94.

Buckley, Cheryl, “On the Margins: Theorizing the History and Significance of Making and Designing Clothes in the Home” in Barbara Burman (ed.), The Culture of Sewing: Gender, Consumption and Home Dressmaking, Oxford & New York: Berg, 1999.

Campagnol, Isabella. Forbidden Fashions: Invisible Luxuries in Early Venetian Convents.  Lubbock, Texas: Texas Tech University Press, 2014.

Cramer, Lorinda."Making a Home in Gold-rush Victoria: Plain Sewing and the Genteel Woman". Australian Historical Studies 48, no. 2 (2017): 213-226.

Douny, Laurence. "Silk embroidered garments as transformative processes: layering, inscribing and displaying Hausa material identities". Journal of Material Culture 16, no. 4 (2011): 401-415.

Evans, Tanya. "The Use of Memory and Material Culture in the History of the Family in Colonial Australia." Journal of Australian Studies 36 no. 2 (2012): 207-28.

Farrell, William, “Smuggling Silks into Eighteenth-Cntury Britain: Geography, Perpetrators, and Consumers”. Journal of British Studies 55/2, (2016): 268-294.

Gilbert, David, "The Looks of Austerity: Fashions for Hard Times". Fashion Theory 21:4, (2017): 477-499.

Jones, Ann Rosalind, and Peter Stallybass. Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Lewis, Reina, "Uncovering Modesty: Dejabis and Dewigies Expanding the Parameters of the Modest Fashion Blogosphere". Fashion Theory 19:2 (2015): 243-269.

Lynn, Eleri, Tudor Fashion, New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2017. Chapter 4. Grooming and Laundry.

Pointon, Marcia “Accessories in Portraits: Stockings, Buttons and the Construction of Masculinity in the Eighteenth Century” in Portrayal and the search for identity, 2013: 121-179.

Potter, Jenny-Lynn & Kerreen Reiger, “Suits and Frocks: Dressmakers and the making of Feminine Identity in Postwar Australian Society”. Journal of Australian Studies 41:1 (2017): 113-130

Rublack, Ulinka. "Matter in the Material Renaissance." Past and Present no. 219 (2013).

Speelberg, Femke. "Fashion & Virtue: Textile Patterns and the Print Revolution, 1520-1620." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 73, no. 2 (2015).

Stenning, Eve. "Nothing but Gum Trees: Textile Manufacturing in New South Wales 1788-1850." Australasian Historical Archaeology 11 (1993): 76-87.

Teunissen, Jose. "Understanding Fashion through the Museum." In Fashion and Museums: Theory and Practice, Marie Riegels Melchoir and Brigitta Svensson (eds.), 33-45. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.

Thompson, E. P. The Making of the English Working Class, Ch.9, "Weavers". London: Penguin Books, 2013 (first pub. 1963): 297-346.

Turaga, Janaki. “Being Fashionable in the Globalization Era in India: Holy Writing on Garments”. In Modern Fashion Traditions, M. Angela Jansen and Jennifer Craik (eds.), 73-95. London: Bloomsbury, 2016.

Vinken, Barbara, Fashion Zeitgeist, London: Berg, 2004. Chapter 4: Largerfeld for Chanel: The Griffe.