Thursday July 15, 2021 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Emily Whitted will give an online talk on the multitude of embedded meanings in wedding dresses as they were made, worn, and preserved. She will discuss how the meaning of marriage and the significance of the wedding dress has shifted over time through material examples, and examine the impulse to preserve wedding dresses in personal and institutional collections.
Emily Whitted is a PhD student in history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst specializing in the material culture, labor, and skill of early American women and public history. Prior to her PhD program, she held a Lois F. McNeil Fellowship at the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library and earned an M.A. degree in American Material Culture from the University of Delaware. Her expertise includes object-based research and making and remaking as academic practice. Emily’s research primarily focuses on textiles — their creation, wear, and repair—with past project topics ranging from knit stockings to album quilts.
This is a Free event thanks to funding from the Holyoke Local Cultural Council.
This event will be held via Zoom. You will be sent an email invite to join the event a day or two before the event.