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EFHA2021 CRAFTING HERITAGE – Programme and Abstracts

efha2021fashion conference

Restoring, Reactivating, Resisting

On 10 December 2021, will take place EFHA International Symposium, titled Crafting Heritage. Organised in collaboration with DIDA – Università degli studi Firenze and Museo del Tessuto di Prato, the online symposium will explore how fashion and its products – textiles, accessories and clothes – can inform a better understanding of the relationship between craftsmanship and heritage.

The symposium explores different definitions of crafts through three main themes: Restoring, Reactivating, Resisting. Here is the full program of the event:


13.30-13.45 Welcome, Marco Rendina, EFHA Managing Director and Filippo Guarini, Director of the Museo del Tessuto di Prato

13.45 – 14.00 Introduction to the conference and presentation of the CRAFTED project, Marta Franceschini and Anna Carniel EFHA

Panel 1 – Restoring

14.00 – 14.20 Celine Vogt – Head of Education, Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship
Restoring the value of craftsmanship through an immersive exhibition project: Homo Faber

14.20 – 14.40 Isabella Villafranca Soissons – Director, OPENCARE
Reconstructing heritage, reactivating craftsmanship: the restoration of a Christian Dior shoe

14.40 – 15.00 Stephanie Ovide – Textile Conservator, Phd candidate in Science Art Creation Research at Ensad/Psl University
Conserving Fashion in France today: highlights of the Balenciaga collection

15.00 – 15.20 Laura Fiesoli – Responsible of Contemporary and Digital Area, Museo del Tessuto di Prato
European traditional costumes: enhancement and inspiration in the “Stitch” Project

15.20 – 15.45 Roundtable, chairs Gabriele Monti, Università Iuav di Venezia, and Elisabetta Cianfanelli, Università degli Studi di Firenze

15.45 – 16.00 Break

Panel 2 – Reactivating

16.00 – 16.20 Nadia Albertini – Embroidery designer and fashion historian
Discovering and preserving the work of Rébé (1911-1966)

16.20 – 16.40 Gloria d’Este – Weaver, tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua
The Uniqueness of Savoir Faire

16.40 – 17.00 Pauline Gandiol – Responsible of Istituto dei Mestieri d’Eccellenza in Italy for LVMH
Creation, craft and client experience: The importance of transmission in The luxury sector

17.00 – 17.20 Maria Claudia Coppola – Università degli Studi di Firenze
Prato textile district: a story of vanguard and tradition

17.20 – 17.40 Ariel Stark – Alaïa Foundation
Couturier/collectionneur: Reactivating contemporary and historical fashion collections at the Azzedine Alaïa Foundation

17.40 – 18.00 Roundtable, chairs Karolien De Clippel, ModeMuseum Hasselt, and Adelheid Rasche, Germanisches Nationalmuseum

18.00 – 18.10 Break

Panel 3 – Resisting

18.10 – 18.30 Leonardo Giliberti – Università degli Studi di Firenze
Undo – Redo: time travelling through digital archives

18.30 – 18.50 Mariah Majolo – Independent Researcher, Università Iuav di Venezia
FuxiCo project: Brazilian craftsmanship as a tool for social and feminist design

18.50 – 19.10 Myrsini Pichou – ATOPOS cvc Research Advisor
‘Crafted’ memory: nine paper dresses by Issey Miyake

19.10 – 19.30 Eldina Begic – PhD Candidate, UAL – LCF
Craft as a tool of resistance

19.30 – 19.50 Roundtable, chairs Marco Pecorari, The New School – Parsons Paris and Djurdja Bartlett, London College of Fashion

19.50 – 20.00 Closing Remarks

The full programme can be downloaded here, while abstracts and bios of the participants can be found here.

The symposium will be online and attendance is free. Register HERE


**The symposium fits within the framework of the project CRAFTED.

**The symposium considers fashion as starting point to reflect on human and environmental sustainability, abiding by the agenda of NEB – New European Bauhaus, of which EFHA is official partner.