History professors co-author article on the power of Renaissance shoes as intimate wear

Drs. Michelle Laughran and Andrea Vianello are proud to announce the November 2011 publication of their co-authored article, "'Grandissima Gratia': The Power of Italian Renaissance Shoes as Intimate Wear" in the anthology, Ornamentalism: The Art of Renaissance Accessories (edited and with an introduction by Bella Mirabella for University of Michigan Press). The volume is first book ever to focus on Renaissance accessories, their histories and their meanings through original essays by leading scholars on accessories' significance in the cultural, social, and political lives of men and women during this famously vibrant period.

In the article by Laughran and Vianello, the focus of their analysis is the most extreme forms of footwear worn during the Renaissance period, that is, the long, pointed "poulaines" slippers for men and the tall platform high-heeled "chopines" for women.

More information about this exciting forthcoming publication can be found at http://tinyurl.com/umichpress, and the book can also be pre-ordered at Amazon.com (http://tinyurl.com/ornamentalism). A formal book launch, with a brief panel discussion about accessories and fashion in the Renaissance, will be held at the Humanities Initiative of New York University on Thursday, December 8 at 5:00 pm.