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Biography

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the History and Civilization Department of the European University Institute in Florence since 2017. For my thesis, I research the market of Lyonnais silks in Italy in the 18th century. I look at the network, the commercial practices and strategies of the Lyonnais merchant manufacturers to reach foreign consumers. I also analyse the consumption of these silks to assess the place of French fashion in the peninsula.

I hold a Bachelor degree (3 years) and a Master degree (2 years) in History of Art from the Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne, France. I also graduated with a Master of Research (1 year) in History of Art from the University of Glasgow, UK, where I was able to follow a training in dress and textile history. My work was devoted to the silk furnishing of the French Royal Household in the 18th century with an emphasis on the suppliers involved. I particularly focused on the merchant manufacturers from the city of Lyon, investigating their place within the city’s manufacture and social environment.

At the EUI, I am co-founder and co-organiser of the Visual and Material History Working Group. I am also co-founder, and was for 3 years member of the board of the PhD researcher’s organisation GRHAM in Paris. Finally, I am also associated member of the research programme “Garde-Meuble en Europe” organised by the Mobilier National and Centre Allemand d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris.


Talks

October 2019:Les soieries de la Couronne au XVIIIe siècle : entre prestige de l’Etiquette et goût de la mode. Le cas lyonnais” – Colloque international “L’Histoire du Garde-Meuble en Europe (XVIe-XXIe)”, organised by the Mobilier National Paris.

October 2019: La mode de la couleur et des fils métalliques dans l’habillement entre 1740 et 1750 – enseignements d’une étude pluridisciplinaire“, with Pascale Gorguet-Ballesteros – 28th CIETA Congress, “Dyestuffs and Colours in Textiles – Materiality and Significance”, Krefeld.

April 2019: “La nature au service de la mode : la fleur et les soieries lyonnaises au XVIIIe siècle” – Colloque international “L’Industrie au royaume de Flore. Cultiver et créer des fleurs du XVIIIe siècle à nos jours”, Mulhouse, organised by the Centre de Recherches sur les Economies, les Sociétés, les Arts et les Techniques (CRESAT) of the Université de Haute-Alsace.

March 2019: Trade, Competition and Espionage: Silks Between France and Italy in the 18th Century” – Joint EUI-SAGAS-SNS Annual Seminar of the “Translating Cultures” International Workshop, Florence.

November 2018: “Etat des lieux sur la question des rapports entre l’école de dessin et la Grande Fabrique de Lyon : les dessinateurs et marchands fabricants en étoffe d’or, d’argent et de soie” – Symposium “Académies d’art et mondes sociaux (1740-1805)”, Rouen, organised by the ACA-RES research programme.

May 2018: “The Lyonnais Silks as Objects of Conspicuous Consumption in 18th-Century French Court” – Conference “Fashioning the Early Modern Courtier”, St John’s College, University of Cambridge.

March 2018: “The Commerce of Lyonnais Silks in Italy in the 18th Century: a Question of Methodology” – Joint Uppsala University-EUI Workshop, European University Institute, Florence.

December 2015: “Joubert’s Manual: a Path to Textiles Comprehension” – Workshop “Design in Translation: Joubert de l’Hiberderie and Le Dessinateur pour les Etoffes d’Or, d’Argent et de Soie”, London, organised by the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

 

Work Experience                                            

June-August 2019: Internship in the Clothworker’s Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion, and in the Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

October-November 2016: Archive research work for the estate of Friar Park, Henley-on-Thames.

November 2014 – April 2015: Internship in the Documentation Department of the Musée des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon.

June-July 2013: Internship in the Documentation Department of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

August 2012: Internship in the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris.