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An essay by disability historian David Turner

It's the last week of our SHOWcabinet: Prosthetics exhibition, and to round-up we're launching the last installments of our Prosthetics: Conversations. Following on from our video interview with model Kelly Knox, we've launched an exclusive essay by historian David Turner that explores the association between prosthetics and fashion throughout varies ages, from the Ancient and Medieval periods through to the eighteenth century.

Having authored publications including Social Histories of Disability and Deformity and Disability in Eighteenth-Century England: Imagining Physical Impairment, Turner has an extensive understanding of the history of the prosthetic and the role it has played in different societies throughout history. Citing examples such as artificial eyes constructed from gold and silver from the sixteenth century and 'ladies collars' from the eighteenth century that were designed to improve the female form, Turner puts forward the argument that the association between prosthesis and fashion is nothing new. Read his essay now!