Keynote Speakers: Lesley Miller (V&A) and Zara Anishanslin (University of Delaware)


Lesley Miller is Senior Curator of Textiles and Dress (before 1800), in the Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department at the Victoria & Albert Museum and Professor of Dress and Textile History at the University of Glasgow. She led the concept team for the renovation and reinterpretation of the Europe 1600-1815 Galleries (opened 2015), during which she was Principal Investigator at the V&A on the HERA-funded project ‘Fashioning the Early Modern: Creativity and Innovation in Europe 1500-1800 (2010-13). One outcome was the publication of her book Selling Silks. A Merchant’s Sample Book 1764 (2014), in which she reveals aspects of her research on design and commerce in the 18th-century French silk industry. She is also author of Cristóbal Balenciaga (third edition, forthcoming 2017).


Zara Anishanslin specializes in Early American and Atlantic World History, with a focus on eighteenth-century material culture. Since 2016, she has been Assistant Professor of History and Art History at the University of Delaware where she is working on a new research project on the American Revolution. Anishanslin holds a PhD in the History of American Civilization from the University of Delaware, and held postdoctoral fellowships at Johns Hopkins University and the New-York Historical Society. Her book Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Hidden Histories of the British Atlantic World (Yale University Press, 2016) examines the worlds of four identifiable people who produced, wore, and represented silk: a London weaver, one of early modern Britain’s few women silk designers, a Philadelphia merchant’s wife, and a New England painter.


Location / Lieu

Paris, October 13 at the IHTP, 59 rue Pouchet.

Paris, October 14 at the Musée Cocgnac-Jay, Paris.

Scientific Committee / Comité Scientifique

Dr. Maude Bass-Krueger (Associated Researcher, IHTP/CNRS)

Dr. Ariane Fennetaux (MCF, LARCA [UMR 8225], Université Paris Diderot)

Dr. Sophie Kurkdjian (Associated Researcher, IHTP/CNRS)


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