History of Costume in Pennsylvania

History of Costume in Pennsylvania

LancasterHistory.org National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship recipient Dr. Damayanthie Eluwawalage will share findings from her research in the LancasterHistory.org collections on the History of Costume in Pennsylvania. Bring your lunch and your questions!

Dr. Eluwawalage’s research examines the rationale behind individual and collective clothing practices and choices from 1600-1900 in Pennsylvania, and how internal and external influences–such as global events, ideology, and society–impacted Pennsylvanians’ way of dressing, their societal attitudes, and social demeanor.

Damayanthie EluwawalageDamayanthie Eluwawalage, Ph.D., MPHA,  is a researcher, author, historian, private pilot, and designer from Reading, PA. Dr. Eluwawalage earned her interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Design and History from Edith Cowan University in Australia, and a B.A. in Design from the Curtin University of Technology in Australia. She is a professional historian who specializes in costume history. Her current scholarly research focuses on a range of interdisciplinary topics such as Aesthetics and Fashion Theory, Outer Space (including space suit design and aviation dress), and many additional topics.

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July 6, 2018 The Carriage House at LancasterHistory.org, 230 N. President Avenue 12pm FREE | Registration Required