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Jean-Alexandre Perras

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow

Department of History

Contact info

[email protected]

[+39] 055 4686 227


Villa Salviati- Castle, SACA415

Working languages

French, English

Jean-Alexandre Perras

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow

Department of History


Jean-Alexandre Perras holds a PhD in French literature from Université de Montréal and Université Paris 8. His thesis, published by Classiques Garnier in 2015, is entitled L’exception exemplaire : inventions et usages du génie (XVIe-XVIIIe siècle). He was British Academy post-doctoral fellow and a Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford University (2015-2018). He was also a resident of the Paris Institute of Advanced Studies (2018-2019). He continues his research on the question of value during the Ancien Régime, through different projects on frivolity, ephemerality, perfume and fashion.

Areas of research
• History of value (literature, history, aesthetics), 17th-18th centuries
• Material history of fashion, 18th century (‘coiffures’, portable objects)
• History of perfume (17th-18th centuries)
• History of the book (‘nouveautés’, ‘brochures’)

Project Description:
AXIONOVI - Fashioning Heads: Valorising Novelty in Eighteenth-Century France

The 18th century was not only the ‘Age of Reason’, but it was also a period that showed a growing taste for fashion. The fashion trade underwent a major boom, permanently transforming both production and consumption practices. Among the goods subject to the vagaries of fashion, women’s hairstyles stand out for their constant renewal, maintaining the taste for novelty of an increasingly varied public. The AXIONOVI project will investigate the innovatory strategies involved in the commercialization of fashionable coiffures, customer practices and the role of government agencies.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 893142

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