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2 June 2013
First ever prehistoric fashion show announced

The world's first prehistoric fashion show will take place in London (England) during the upcoming international Humanities festival sponsored by archaeologists at the University of Southampton and the Natural History Museum Vienna according to a press release from the University of Southampton.
     The fashion show will display the use of pottery, metalwork, and textiles created during the period 1,800 to 500 BCE that are the findings of a three-year collaborative research project called 'Creativity and Craft Production in Middle and Late Bronze Age Europe' (CinBA).
     The catwalk collection has been created by Dr. Karina Grömer and Helga Rösel-Mautendorfer from the Natural History Museum Vienna and was partly inspired by CinBA research into prehistoric textiles found at salt mines at Hallstatt in Austria. he wet and salty  properties of the salt mine preserved the miner's clothing and accessories over thousands of years, making it now possible to chart the development of textile engineering in Europe using the many artefacts found at the site.
     University of Southampton archaeologist Dr Jo Sofaer, who is leading CinBA, says:  "I'm interested in finding out what drove Bronze Age people to make the leap from clothing which was purely functional - to using clothes, along with metalwork and accessories, as a form of expression. It is well understood that the Bronze Age saw huge advances in techniques to produce clothes, pottery and metal objects, but the wealth of creativity employed when making these goods is little recognised or researched. The clothing collections we'll be exhibiting at the fashion show demonstrate the intricate weaves, patterns and striking colours prehistoric people used in their dress."
     Thirty costumes will be presented, worn by men, women and children: from Stone Age beginnings, through the creative impact of metal jewelry and woven textiles in the Bronze Age, ending with the colored costumes of a Celtic tribe from Central Europe. The idea is to display the development of clothing from a purely utilitarian function into an expression of art, wealth, status, identity, personality, and creativity that developed in the peoples of the Bronze Age in Central Europe.
     Dr Grömer comments, "Usually a picture of dull and unattractive clothing comes into our mind, if we think about people from Prehistory. We would like to show, that the people from Stone and Bronze Ages made the best out of their materials, They used patterns, colour and nice jewellery. They had their style, their wish to express wealth, status, identity and personality. All the costumes are based on archaeological finds and they were handmade by us."

Edited from AlphaGalileo (30 May 2013), Examiner.com (31 May 2013)

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