Refashioning the Renaissance

Refashioning the Renaissance

Refashioning the Renaissance is a scholarly podcast series about early modern fashion and experimental hands-on methods. In the series, researchers from the ERC-funded project "Refashioning the Renaissance: Popular Groups and the Material and Cultural Significance of Clothing in Europe 1550–1650" discuss with guests about the exciting ways that history of fashion can be studied from new perspectives.

All Episodes

In this episode, Refashioning Postdocs Sophie Pitman and Michele Robinson discuss imitation objects with Associate Professor Timothy McCall from Villanova University. What do we mean when we talk about imitations, fakes, and counterfeits, and how early modern audiences understood these material fictions? Read more about the workshop "Imitation in Early Modern Clothes and Accessories" here:

Apr 23

29 min 32 sec

Dr. Elizabeth Currie, who is based at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art, is a dress historian specialised in early modern Italy. The Refashioning team invited her to join a doublet making course at The School of Historical Dress in London in 2019. In this episode she reflects the experience and her work on tailors together with Postdoctoral Researcher Sophie Pitman and Principal Investigator Paula Hohti Erichsen. You can read more about the doublet course here:

Dec 2020

25 min 26 sec

In this episode, Principal investigator Paula Hohti Erichsen and Postdoctoral Researcher Michele Robinson sit down with Jo Kirby Atkinson, who made her career as a Senior Scientific Officer at the National Gallery specialising in pigments and dyes. Together they discuss Jo's work, the study of historical dyes, and the workshop on early modern colours Jo planned with the Refashioning team in autumn 2019. You can read more about the workshop here:

Nov 2020

23 min 33 sec

Postdoctoral researchers Sophie Pitman and Michele Robinson chat with Dr. Flora Dennis and Dr. Tessa Storey following an experimental workshop on early modern recipes for cleaning, dyeing, and scenting textiles. How does it feel to get your hands dirty and study your sources from a new perspective? Read more about the Dirty Laundry workshop at:

Feb 2020

19 min 14 sec

Refashioning the Renaissance Principal Investigator Paula Hohti Erichsen and Postdoctoral Researcher Sophie Pitman talk about experimental methodology with Professor Pamela H. Smith, founder of the Making and Knowing Project at Columbia University. The discussion spans form the work done at the M&K project and the lessons learned, to different ways experiments can be approached and the future of reconstruction.

Dec 2019

28 min

In the first episode of the Refashioning the Renaissance podcast, our Principal Investigator Paula Hohti discusses with our Advisory board member Professor John Styles. They talk about hands-on methods and how experimental work can bring together different professionals and enthusiasts, and he reflects how experiments have opened new avenues for his own research.

Jul 2019

29 min 18 sec