Eighteenth-Century Fashion in Spain

  • Deadline: Apr 30, 2024
  • Madrid, Spain

This conference, taking place in Madrid in September, 2024, aims to study the diffusion of eighteenth-century Spanish dress customs.

The eighteenth century, in terms of its dress and fashions, is of an extraordinary singularity for its continuous debate between national fashions and those coming from abroad. The changes in clothing that took place in the second half of the 18th century reflected the transformation of a society that, with the modern style, as it was called at the time, Rococo, had begun to value comfortable and pleasurable intimacy and with it a new concept of sociability.

The new sociability gave rise to the construction of new representative types of modern life and consequently to new appearances that made it feasible to recover in a committed way the debates on the nature of the sexes and the types of masculinity and femininity of eighteenth-century society.

The change of mentality brought about by the French Revolution in 1789 and the industrial revolution put an end to the Ancien Régime, giving way to the freedom to dress according to personal taste. The democratization of fashion had begun. In 1793 the National Convention proclaimed a decree and a Universal principle of freedom: the freedom to dress freely and sumptuary laws were abolished.

How to submit

Researchers whose proposals are accepted will have 15 minutes to make their presentation during the Congress.

The presentation should include a 150-word abstract, a 50-word biography of the speaker and a representative image of the topic, which may be used to illustrate the final program. Send contribution proposals to [email protected] before April 30, 2024.

Learn more

For more information, contact Sandra Antúnez at [email protected].