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Deception and Disguise: Smock Narratives

Online Event
September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
£5 – £15

Textile Society Event


A talk on the history of the English smock frock focussing on the 19th century as part of working-class clothing cultures and menswear.

Join us online for a fascinating talk from Alison Toplis, author of The Hidden History of the Smock Frock.

Alison’s talk will delve into the history of the English smock and how it developed in the 19th century as part of working-class clothing cultures and more specifically menswear. The smock has had a fascinating heritage and Alison will question assumptions about who wore smocks and discuss why they became popular as working attire as well as signifiers of individuality. Join us to hear more about a significant and understated part of English social and costume history.

Time permitting there will be a Q&A. We invite you to submit a question when booking your ticket.

Alison Toplis is an honorary research fellow at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. She worked for several years as a dress and textiles specialist at Christie’s Auctioneers before teaching at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK.

This is a fund-raising event. The Textile Society was established in 1982 as a educational charity supporting students, designers, historians and practitioners. The Society promotes the study of textile disciplines and celebrates the history and culture of textiles both historical and contemporary.

All profits from this event will fund our awards and bursary scheme.

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Date: September 30
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cost: £5 – £15


Venue Name: Online Event
Address: United Kingdom
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