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Friday 20 March 2015

The Erotic Cloth

Seduction and Fetishism


From the beautiful cloth which is quietly suggestive, to the bold expressions of sexuality, cloth is a message carrier for both desiring and being desired. Cloth offers those 'porous, reversible, intimate atmospheres that can be transformative' as described by Giuliana Bruno. The materiality of cloth allows for the nuanced, rather than direct, reading of the body: the shape beneath, the space between, the haptic narrative. Cloth in motion, the sound and smell of cloth. In our liaisons with cloth we become Other since, as in a second skin, we can play out the disguises of the idealized form, and the imaginary of our hidden selves.

The Colloquium 'The Erotic Cloth' will consider the ways in which the qualities of cloth to seduce, conceal and reveal have been investigated and exploited in art.. Presentations are from different practices and in different formats: dance, film, art, fashion, installation, illusion and performance, each playing out  the seduction of cloth. They will consider the explicit and the delicately suggestive, the lingering eye, and the textures of sensation; the aesthetics of cloth to excite or indeed disturb.

Convenors: Professor Lesley Millar (UCA) and Alice Kettle (MMU)

The Erotic Cloth is a collaboration between the International Textile Research Centre, University for the Creative Arts and MIRIAD Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University.


Early booking is advised as places will be limited due to available space.

Colloquium Fee: £35

Please book online at

A light lunch plus morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided.

There are a limited number of student places at £15; these will be allocated on a 'first come first served' basis. NB only one ticket per booking. Cancellations before March 1st 2015 full refund, after March 1st 2015 no refund.


Caroline Bayliss
Textual Textiles - Undressing Anne Lister

Samantha Broadhead
Transgressive Touch: The fetishizing of cloth in Hitchcock's  Rebecca (1940)

Catherine Dormer
Caressing Cloth: the warp and weft as site of exchange

Catherine Harper
The shirt off your back, Jack, James and Bobby

Nigel Hurlstone
Textiles and Politics: Guilt and Pleasure-the transposition of the historical image

Claire Jones
A Perverted Taste: Italian depictions of Cloth and Puberty in mid-19th century marble'

Ali Khan & Farida Ali
Beyond the Mat: Deciphering Eroticism in the Over-the-top Aesthetics of Professional wrestling

Angela Maddock
Always in the Act of Becoming: Folds, Scissors and Cleavage in Giovanni Battista Moroni's Il Tagliapanni

Masako Matsushita

Bruna Petreca et al
Articulating Our Tactile Experience With Textiles: Undisciplined Conversations On The Unspoken

Brigitte Stockton
Kink in the classroom: pedagogy and erotic clothing

Georgina Williams
Curvatures of Cloth: 'The Heart of True Eroticism' in Serpentine Dance

Grace A Williams:
Perception in the Folds: The Requirement of Having a Body

Plus video presentations from:

Louise Adkins
Windmills of Your Mind

Sharon McElroy
A Man Of The Cloth

Les R.mond
Pont des Arts Paris

Liz Rideal
Erotic Cloth