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CFP: Tailored Trades: Clothes, Labour and Professional Communities (1880-1939)

'Sheffield Seamstresses' by William Rothenstein, c.1917

‘Sheffield Seamstresses’ by William Rothenstein, c.1917

Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following CFP:

Tailored Trades: Clothes, Labour and Professional Communities (1880-1939).

Clothes, Working Lives and Social Change, 1880–1939 

Two-Day International Conference Bishopsgate Institute, London 12–13 September 2014)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: 

Professor Eugenia Paulicelli (Queen’s College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Professor Lou Taylor (University of Brighton)

This cross-disciplinary conference explores the relationship between work, clothes and social change at the turn of the twentieth century.

During the long nineteenth century mechanized manufacturing, accelerated modes of production and innovative trades and industries created employment possibilities for an increasingly professionalized workforce. While factory and clerical workers, shop girls and other members of a newly established workforce faced changing working hours and environments, a transformation of clothes paralleled this revolution in trades and industries. New vocations required new vestments at a time when the affordability of mass-produced clothing launched the ready-to-wear industry. Social mobility expressed itself in new sartorial patterns and specific uniforms or dresses became the markers of professional identity and social mobility. At the turn of the twentieth century the histories of dress and labour shared many common threads. Continue reading