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Lecture: Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood on Syrian Garments

April 27, 2019 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM

At the end of the 19th century and into the early 20 century, Syrian culture was very diverse in terms of artistic achievement and material culture, and garments worn by wealthier Syrian men and women reflected their rich cosmopolitan lifestyle. Dr. Vogelsang-Eastwood explores economic, political, religious, and social impacts on clothing with an eye to the Fowler Museum’s current installation of garments from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection.

Cosponsored by the Fowler Museum Textile Council and the Textile Museum Associates of Southern California.



About Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood
Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood (Ph.D. Manchester University) is a professional textile and dress historian, who worked as textile archaeologist in the Middle East for many years. She is the author of numerous books and articles on the subject of textiles and dress, and is the main editor and author of Encyclopedia of Embroidery from the Arab World (Bloomsbury, 2016). The second volume in the series, Encyclopedia of Embroidery from Central Asia, the Iranian Plateau and the Indian Subcontinent is due late 2019. Dr. Vogelsang-Eastwood is currently the director of the Textile Research Centre, Leiden (The Netherlands).

Related Exhibition: Dressed with Distinction: Garments from Ottoman Syria
Dressed with Distinction: Garments from Ottoman Syria explores the region’s textile production during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when Syria was an international hub for the trade and production of handwoven cloth. With a focus on the social and seasonal contexts in which garments were worn by men, women, and children, the exhibition’s presentation of these distinguished textiles enables audiences to engage with Syrian culture and weaving techniques from a bygone era.


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