Tag: Fashion and Humour

Fashion and Folly, or Strawberry Hill in Satire Dress’d

To celebrate the completion of her practice-based PhD in fashion curation Dr. Jenna Rossi-Camus will present a performance lecture that shares her proposal for a site-responsive exhibition at Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill House.

Jenna Rossi Camus crouching on floor in front of gothic window with large pieces of paper with illustrations relating to PhD lecture laid out

Jenna Rossi Camus at Strawberry Hill House.

The proposal, comprised of an extra-illustrated book and letter to Horace Walpole himself will be presented through word and image and the unique hand-made book will be available for guests to view. The lecture will conclude with an insight into the timeline of the research process, showing how the work has been both rigorous and innovative while presenting one of the project’s methodological documents.

3 July 2019, 6.30pm – 8pm. The lecture will be followed by a glass of wine.

For more information and to book visit our LCF events page.

Read about Jenna’s research.

Read more posts by Dr Jenna Rossi Camus.


CfFC PhD student researches Fashion and Humour with Yale University Fellowship

By Jenna Rossi-Camus

This summer I will be completing a research fellowship at Yale University’s Lewis Walpole Library in Farmington, Connecticut. The library is a renowned centre for 18th century studies and material relating to Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill House – all of which are central to my practice-based PhD project.  I was awarded the travel grant to support my research towards the development of a site-responsive fashion exhibition at Strawberry Hill, Horace Walpole’s neo-gothic villa in Twickenham, London. The proposed exhibition examines fashion graphic satire in tandem with historic and contemporary dress, and material connected with Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill, engineering the exhibition as a space for reflection upon the relationship between fashion and humour and as a conversation amongst architectural and psychological spaces, their histories and resonances.

Walpole Minatures

Drawing of the miniatures cabinet open in A Description of the Villa of Horace Walpole, extra-illustrated copy, 1784, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

The fellowship will afford me the opportunity to physically engage with material artefacts that were collected by Walpole – objects that have both informed the development of my project and that are proposed as exhibits in it. Most significantly, I will be able to spend time with albums of satirical prints that Walpole compiled and his extra-illustrated guide to Strawberry Hill. These artefacts have become talismans to my research that have inspired me to frame the exhibition itself as an “extra-illustration” of Strawberry Hill, and to explore Horace Walpole’s engagement with practices of exhibition-making.

During the research period, I will be in residence at Timothy Root House, an 18th century American farmhouse within the library’s idyllic 14-acre campus that has been housing researchers since 2001. I am particularly looking forward to this aspect of the fellowship; time to write and reflect in close proximity to nature and to objects touched or created by Walpole himself.

Find out more about Jenna’s research 

Read an interview with Jenna

Find out more about PhD Research at the Centre for Fashion Curation

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