Department of Art and Media

Fashion History Lab

This research group, led by Professor Paula Hohti, focuses on experimental, material-based research in early modern fashion history. It combines a wide range of historical evidence, including archival documents, printed books, visual images and surviving objects, with methods of historical and digital reconstruction, object-based analyses, and hands-on experimentation on historical textile technologies.
Image: courtesy of Paula Hohti
Image: courtesy of Paula Hohti

Our research centers especially on material and cultural meanings of early modern dress and fashion in sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe. The areas of our special interests include:

  • Historical and digital reconstruction
  • Colours, colour recipes and historical colour reconstruction
  • Traditional crafts and textile innovations
  • Material experimentation and scientific analysis of historical dress and textiles
  • Makers and wearers of fashion, fashion dissemination
  • Economic, cultural, social and material meanings of historical dress


Please get in touch if you want more information, have any questions, or want to discuss a collaboration. You can get in touch with us via: 

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @FashionHistLab

Phone: +358 50 305 1850


Contact person

Kirsi Mantua-Kommonen

Postdoctoral Researcher
A806 Department of Art and Media
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