Heads, Hats, and Boxes: Animating Fashion in 19th-Century France.
Library Visiting Fellow Susan Hiner, of Vassar College, explores the importance of ladies' hats and the tools both of their production--headforms--and their dissemination--hatboxes--in nineteenth-century France. Her exploration will consider how these objects' powers of animation and verisimilitude, along with the mythology surrounding the modiste, contributed to fashion’s cultural production of femininity. This talk is part of a wider book project entitled Behind the Seams: Women, Work and Fashion in Nineteenth-Century France.
About the Author
Susan Hiner received her M.A. and Ph.D. in French Literature from Columbia University after completing her B.A. in French and English (Modern Studies) at the University of Virginia. Professor Hiner's research and teaching interests include women and material culture in nineteenth-century France, fashion studies, and the intersection of literature, visual culture, and social history. She also teaches in the Women's Studies Program. Professor Hiner has published articles on various aspects of nineteenth-century French culture and has received grants relating to both her current research on women and fashion in nineteenth-century France and to curricular development. Her book, Accessories to Modernity: Fashion and the Feminine in Nineteenth-Century France, about women's fashion accessories and their relation to French modernity, was released in June 2010.