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​​CRAFTING HERITAGE. Restoring, Reactivating, Resisting

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According to Unesco “traditional craftsmanship is perhaps the most tangible manifestation of intangible cultural heritage.” The conference Crafting Heritage moves from this concept to explore how fashion and its products - textiles, accessories and clothes - can inform a better understanding of the relationship between craftsmanship and heritage.

Crafts are an invisible thread that connects groups of people into communities who share the same knowledge, skills and traditions. The richness of European crafts is documented in the collections of hand-made objects such as jewellery, textiles and garments that carry distinct features of particular traditions and tastes as well as techniques and imagination unique to the artisans who made them. More recently, craftsmanship can also be seen in the use of analogue media technologies to produce sound and video recordings. Intangible knowledge, skills, techniques and traditions are just as important for the craftsmanship’s renewal in contemporary practices.

Divided into three main areas - Restoring, Reactivating, Resisting - the conference will present first-hand experiences in researching and developing techniques to preserve fashion objects and the knowledge they bear in their materiality; special projects in which fashion houses and local craft workshops collaborated; craft as resistance and “language” of activism, to fight social inequalities and imagine a better future, preserving and updating - mainly through digital technologies - past making processes.

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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


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


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 Adelheide Rasche, Germanisches Nationalmuseum

18.00 – 18.10 Break


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

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The European Fashion Heritage Association (EFHA) has been established in 2014 and since then, it has grown, attracting more than 40 European fashion institutions, from small private museums to large national institutions, coming from 14 European countries, united in the objective to unlock and give free access to the unique and vast fashion heritage of Europe. EFHA has become an international hub, in which fashion GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums), brands, researchers and creatives can share experiences and best practices in the field of digitisation, open access, co-creation, reuse and valorisation of fashion heritage resources, contributing to the digital transformation in the sector and supporting the preservation and valorisation of tangible and intangible heritage connected to textile and fashion. The Association operates also in the broader landscape of European digital cultural heritage, contributing as the fashion thematic aggregator to Europeana, the EU funded initiative that brings together and gives access to millions of digital heritage objects coming from cultural institutions all across Europe.

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