Fashion as memory
Research behind the museum’s exhibition on Brent’s multiracial history was shared with dress historians from around the world at a conference last month
It was amazing to share my love of fashion and history with people all over the world
Warren Reilly, Associate Creative Director
It was a “full circle moment” when The Mixed Museum’s Associate Creative Director spoke on the topic of ‘fashion as memory’ at the Association of Dress Historians Annual New Research Conference last month.
Warren Reilly was at Manchester Metropolitan University to share material from By The Cut of Their Cloth, the exhibition he co-curated for the museum, based on research he carried out while studying at the university.
“It felt like a fantastic full circle moment to be back at my former university presenting my research for the exhibition, which was inspired by my dissertation, Pageboys to Protégés,” he said. “It was amazing to be able to share my love of fashion and history with people all over the world, from Australia to Brazil.”
A warm reception
Warren's talk - in which he shared his mother's memories of being a bridesmaid as well as how fashion can provide insights into marginalised histories - was warmly received by members of the audience, both those attending in person and remotely around the world.
Warren, your research is truly inspiring! I was captivated by the way you were able to draw on your family's photographic archive to uncover both visual and historical connections.
Virtual attendee, Dress Historians Conference
About the event
The Dress Historians conference is an annual event celebrating new scholars and new scholarship in the fields of dress and textile history. This year, it explored untold stories, interpretation, making and haptic investigation, with contributions from established and emerging scholars.
Many thanks to the Pasold Research Fund for making Warren’s in-person attendance at the ADH conference possible.