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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

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 and 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, 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.