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Fashion and Clothing Cultures in and of Ireland: A Webinar 

                     12.30-17.15 (GMT) 19 February, 2021




12:30: Opening Remarks 

Jane Tynan and Rachel Hynes


12:40: Keynote Speaker: Sinéad McCoole


13:00: Panel One: Narratives and Memory 

Chair: Rachel Hynes

Ten-minute papers 


  1. Valerie Wilson (Ulster Folk Museum): Stepping Up: Building a National Archive of Irish Dance Costume.

  2. Donna Gilligan (Scéal Heritage):  Reclaiming the Past: The Appeal and Endurance of Reproduction Irish Archaeological Jewellery in the Twentieth Century.

  3. Niamh Dowdall (Independent Scholar): “A Female Text in which every Stitch is a Syllable”: Knitting in the works of Irish Women Writers and Artists.


13:50-14.00: Break


14:00: Panel Two: Conflict 

Chair: Jane Tynan

Ten-minute papers 


  1. Gavin Foster (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada):  Methodological Reflections on Clothing as a Historical Source for Understanding Social and Political Dynamics in Ireland’s Revolution and Aftermath.

  2. Timothy Ellis (Teesside University, UK): “Putting the blue shirt back into the Blueshirts”: Politics and Clothing in 1930s Ireland. 

  3. Miriam Phelan (Royal College of Art/V & A Museum, UK): Dress, Masculinity and Memory: Commemorating the Revolutionary Body in Ireland.

  4. Rachel Sayers (Independent Scholar): “For God and Ulster!?” Political Manifestations in the nursing uniform of the Ulster Volunteer Medical and Nursing Corps, c.1912–1918.


15:00: Panel Three: Transgression and Performance 

Chair: Jane Tynan

Ten-minute papers 


  1. Elaine Sisson (Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire):‘What Are You Going As?’ Fancy Dress, Modernity and the Cinema Bal Masques of the 1920s. 

  2. Eliza McKee (Queen’s University, Belfast): ‘Have you any prough?’: illicit clothing networks and the unregulated working-class clothing trade in early 20th century Ulster.

  3. Sarah Churchill (Drew University, US): ‘Butching Up’: Dance, Dress, and Masculinity in Contemporary Irish Dance.


15.50-16.00: Break


16:00: Panel Four: Fashioning Modern Bodies 

Chair: Rachel Hynes

Ten-minute papers 


  1. Emma Kelly (Costume Society UK): The Grafton Outfitter: Slyne and Co., 1900-1937.

  2. Mary  Burke (University of Connecticut, US): The Business of Fashion in Mid-century Ireland.

  3. Hilary O’Kelly (National College of Art & Design, Dublin): The Pope and President.

  4. Orla Fitzpatrick (National College of Art & Design/National Museum of Ireland): No Romance: Punk, Fashion and the Subcultural Commerce in 1980s Dublin.


17:00: Plenary

In conversation with Ciara Nic Chormaic  (Farran Films) creator and director of TG4 Documentary Series ‘Snáithe: the Story of Irish Fashion’ (2017). 


17.15:  Close