An Update from Amy Gansell (2012 US TAARII Fellow)

Amy Gansell’s project “Dressing the Neo-Assyrian Queen in Identity and Ideology” is quite literally wrapping up! She has been preparing illustrations, based on tomb finds, of the manner in which the deceased queens from Nimrud (c. 9th–8th centuries B.C.E.) were adorned. Many of the ornaments found in the tombs appear to have been garment decorations; therefore, she was also faced with the task of reconstructing a queen’s garment. Only small tufts of fabric were preserved in the tombs, and only profile views of queens are preserved in art. In order to determine what a queen’s garment would have looked like from the front and back, Dr. Gansell worked with two of her students, Rwitobrato Datta and Roscoe K. Franklin, at State University of New York’s (SUNY) Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to physically reconstruct a garment consisting of drapery over a tunic. Using yards of muslin and lots pins, patience, and creativity they now have a sample.

Rwitobrato Datta and Roscoe K. Franklin of the SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology physically reconstruct the garment (Photo credit: Amy Gansell, 2013)

A work in progress! (Photo credit: Amy Gansell, 2013)

A sample garment of a Neo-Assyrian Queen based on Dr. Gansell’s research (Photo credit: Amy Gansell, 2013)

Dr. Amy Gansell poses with the finished garment (Photo credit: Amy Gansell, 2013)