Monthly Archives: November 2011

Public lecture: Keira Miller from the Victoria and Albert Museum on the exhibition Unveiled

Here Come the Brides: Packing and Mounting Unveiled – Te Papa Lecture

Keira Miller from the V&A Textile Conservation Department prepares a ball gown for display.
Keira Miller from the V&A Textile Conservation Department prepares a ball gown for display.

When: Saturday 17 December 2011, 1pm–2pm

Where: Soundings Theatre, Level 2, Te Papa, Wellington

Cost: Free entry

Join Keira Miller from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, for fascinating behind-the-scenes insights into the preparation of Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, an exciting touring exhibition which opens at Te Papa on Saturday 17 December. Keira’s talk will cover textile conservation, the unexpected complexities of mannequin choice, and even wig construction!

Keira Miller

Since 2007, Keira has been a member of the V&A’s Textile Conservation Department, where she specialises in mounting and packing textiles and clothing. She has worked on various permanent, temporary, and touring exhibitions, including Unveiled. Keira has just finished mounting and packing an international touring exhibition entitled Undressed: 300 Years of Underwear in Fashion. At present, she’s working on an exhibition of British ball gowns, as well as the complete redisplay of the V&A’s fashion galleries. Both are due to open in May 2012. Keira has a particular interest in the cutting and fabrication of historical dress, which she developed while studying at the Wimbledon School of Art. Before joining the V&A, she worked for the BBC on period dramas such as Jane Eyre (2006).

Call for papers: Research Journal of Textile and Apparel

 I would like to invite you to submit your research articles to Research Journal of Textile and Apparel (RJTA) which is published by The Hong Kong Institution of Textile and Apparel. The RJTA is led by Editor-in-Chief, Professor Jin-lian HU (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong).

 In particular, the journal aims to have a strong representation of the current developments of scientific research results that introduce new concepts, innovative technologies, and improved understanding of materials and processing, management, design and retailing related to fiber, yarn, fabric, dyeing and finishing, apparel for different applications. Papers on broad areas of topics pertinent to the soft materials and goods will be published in the Journal, including:

– Polymeric and fibrous materials

– Fiber, yarn, textile, and clothing technologies

– Management, marketing andretailing of the textile and clothing

– Design of textile and Fashion

 For more information and instructions for authors, please visit the website Manuscripts can be submitted through our web service

Special Issue

We welcome ideas from you, to be a Guest Editor, to formulate Special Issue in RJTA. Please submit a brief proposal which will then be considered by our Publications Committee. Some accepted proposals:

– Revival of natural dyes and its influence on synthetic textiles using modern techniques

– Integration of Fashion and Textile Design with Materials and Technology

I sincerely hope you can accept this invitation and look forward to hearing from you in due course.

With best wishes, Prof. Jin-lian HU


Research Journal of Textile and Apparel (

c/o Institute of Textiles and Clothing

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 2766-6437

Fax: (852) 2773-1432


Call for papers: In the loop 3


Knitting from the Montse Stanley Collection

Knitting from the Montse Stanley Collection

The voices of knitting

A three day international conference

Dedicated to the memory of Richard Rutt

Discovery Centre, Winchester  5 – 7 September 2012

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Carol Christiansen, Jonathan Faiers, Jessica Hemmings, Hazel Hughson and Martin Polley

In response to the success of both In the Loop 1 & 2, and with reference to the continuing interest in knitting, this third interdisciplinary conference proposes an exploration of knitting through a range of voices covering a variety of themes. Papers that cross geographical or chronological boundaries in the following areas are of particular interest:


Knitting – discovery and exploration

Knitting – representation in film, literature, music, poetry and the internet

Knitting – wellbeing and therapy

Knitting – in sport

Knitting – voices from across the world

Knitting – adornment

We welcome new and recent research in the form of short abstracts comprising up to 300 words from practitioners, knitters, historians, conservators, theorists, educators, curators, technologists and the industry. Abstracts will be considered for formal 20 minute papers.


Deadline for abstracts: March 1, 2012

Notification of decision: April 1, 2012

All enquires and abstracts to the Conference Administrator:

Further information at

This is a collaborative event between the Discovery Centre, Winchester and the University of Southampton Library.  The conference organisers are Nick Coates and Linda Newington.

Lecture: Queen Victoria, Winterhalter and a secret language of visual symbolism

Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Queen Victoria in her wedding dress, 1847. Royal Collection.

Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Queen Victoria in her wedding dress, 1847. Royal Collection.

In conjunction with the forthcoming exhibition Unveiled: 200 years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Te Papa is delighted to present a series of lectures in conjunction with this glamorous exhibition.

The first lecture is by visiting art historian Eugene Barilo von Reisberg on Saturday 10 December (10.30am) –  ‘So Like & So Beautifully Painted: Portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert by Franz Xaver Winterhalter’.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s story is one of the great romances of the 19th century.

Following her wedding Queen Victoria giddily wrote in her journal : ‘My dearest dearest dear Albert… his excessive love and affection gave me feelings of heavenly love and happiness, I never could have hoped to have felt before! Oh! This is the happiest day of my life!’ 10 February, 1840

As the curator of Unveiled, Edwina Ehrman writes, Queen Victoria’s selection of a creamy white satin court dress for her marriage was a ‘defining moment in the history of the white wedding dress in Britain’. Queen Victoria’s choice was a political decision. Very much a woman in love, the 20 year old Queen wanted to make her wedding vows as a future wife, not as the monach. Political savvy also guided the Queen’s choice of Franz Xaver Winterhalter as the couple’s favourite portrait painter.

To find out more join visiting art historian Eugene Barilo von Reisberg for a fascinating adventure in royal iconography as he explores the hidden meanings and semantic connotations in Winterhalter’s portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and unpicks a secret language of visual symbolism in the details of dress, jewellery, and accessories that transmit messages of power, sovereignty, love, and devotion.

To book a ticket to ‘So Like & So Beautifully Painted: Portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert by Franz Xaver Winterhalter’ contact the Friends of Te Papa.


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