Reading and resources

A Starter Bibliography across Disciplines

Ahmer, C. (2020) “Riegl’s ‘Modern Cult of Monuments’ as a Theory Underpinning Practical Conservation and Restoration Work.” Journal of Architectural Conservation 26, no. 2: 150-65.

Barrington, M. (2016) Stays and Corsets: Historical Patterns Translated for the Modern Body. New York: Routledge.

Baudrillard, J. (1983) Simulations. New York: Semiotext[e].

Beerkens, L. (2007) “Nothing but the Real Thing: Considerations on Copies, Remakes and Replicas in Modern Art.” Tate Papers, no.8. Available at [Accessed 14 October 2021].

Benjamin, W. (1969 [1935]) “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” Translated from the German by Harry Zohn, in Hannah Arendt ed., Illuminations, 1-26. New York: Schocken Books.

Boon, T et al. (2017) “A Symposium on Histories of Use and Tacit Skills.” Science Museum Group Journal 8. DOI:

Brooks, M.M, and D.D. Eastop (eds.) (2016) Refashioning and Redress: Conserving and Displaying Dress. Los Angeles: The Getty Conservation Institute.

Campt, T. (2017) Listening to Images. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Chapman, L. (2020) “Cabinets of Costume: Renegotiating Participation Through Practice, Object-Based Study and ‘Ghosts’ of an Assemblage of Dress.” Costume 54, no. 2: 222-41.

Davidson, H. (2019) “The Embodied Turn: Making and Remaking Dress as an Academic Practice.” Fashion Theory 23 no. 3: 329-62.

Foucault, M. (1994 [1974]). The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences. London and New York: Routledge.

Foulds, F. (ed.) (2013) Experimental Archaeology and Theory: Recent Approaches to Testing Archaeological Hypotheses. Oxford and Oakville: Oxbow Books. 

Osterman, M. (2011) “Mid-Nineteenth-Century Photographic Studio Technique: Why Recreate Nineteenth-Century Photographic Technology?” In K. Staubermann ed. Reconstructions: Recreating Science and Technology of the Past, 252-71. Edinburgh: National Museums Scotland.

Outram, A. (2008) “Introduction to Experimental Archaeology.” World Archaeology 40, no.1: 1–6.

Petersson, B. and L.E. Narmo (eds) Experimental Archaeology: Between Enlightenment and Experience. Acta Archaeologica Lundensia Series Altera in 8, No. 62. Sweden: Lund University Press. 

Riegl, A. (1982 [1903]) “The Modern Cult of Monuments: Its Character and Its Origins.” English translation from the German in Oppositions 25 (1982): 21–51. 

Smith, Pamela H., Amy R. W. Meyers, and Harold J. Cook (2017) Ways of Making and Knowing, the Material Culture of Empirical Knowledge. Chicago: Chicago University Press.

Soulioti, A. M. and M. Chatzidaki (2021) “Double Trouble: Replicas in Contemporary Art and Their Impact in Conservation Decision-making.” Studies in Conservation DOI: 10.1080/00393630.2021.1974238

Woodward, S. and T. Fisher (2014) “Fashioning Through Materials: Material Culture, Materiality and Processes of Materialization.” Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty 5 no. 1: 3-23.

Publications of the School of Historical Dress

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The Tudor Tailor

The Tudor Tailor team aims to provide research, resources and inspiration for people who enjoy learning about 16th century dress – for fun, for educational projects, for reenactment events, for heritage sites, for stage plays and for screen productions. 

The collaborative team is headed by Ninya Mikhaila and Jane Malcolm-Davies, who specialise in the social history of dress with practical guidance on reconstructing historic clothing for interpretive projects. They combine meticulous research with an irreverent attitude offering scholarly information with a sense of humour.