On Teaching Fashion: Academic mobility (for women and mothers)

Have you been studying fashion and decided to move to another university? Or do a term abroad? Are you a researcher or lecturer and have changed institutions, and perhaps countries, throughout your academic career? Do you feel that there is a better career opportunity waiting for you at a different university? If you answer yes, you are experiencing “academic mobility.” The definition of this term ...

Beau Brummell – An Elegant Madness

Beau Brummell – An Elegant Madness is at Jermyn Street Theatre John O’Connor, the producer wrote about the play for Worn Through: As you walk down Jermyn Street, past the gentleman’s outfitters, bespoke shoe shops and high end tailors, on towards the Piccadilly Arcade, you will see a statue. You have probably passed it hundreds of times without noticing which famous resident it celebrates. There …

On Teaching Fashion: ‘Foliage and Decay’

Every year I joke when I make course presentations, that when the controlled assessment paper comes out, there could be such ambiguous titles as ‘Foliage and Decay’ and ‘Entrances and exits’. At this point many students either think I have lost the plot… or probably have switched of whilst I enthuse about what possibly could you do with such an open (probably to them also …

Graduate Student Opportunity in History and Culture

Potential graduate students in history & culture MS or PhD level: I want to let you know at University of Georgia we are seeking students to apply for Fall 2017, January 2018, and Fall 2018 in our area. We have multiple faculty to compose thesis committees, have a 3000 piece collection that is undergoing a renovation, teach grad classes in contemporary history, museuming, merchandising, and …

On teaching Fashion Marketing: Being critical

“The global popularity of marketing as a subject for study might suggest that those studying and teaching the subject know what it is athat they are studying and how this study should be undertaken. But […] marketing as a subject has proved almost impossible to pin down, and there is little consesus about what it means to study marketing.” This is the beginning of a …

Printing by Hand with Susan Holmes

I recently had the opportunity to attend a printing workshop with Susan Holmes, a renowned fabric artist in New Zealand, where she taught us her tips and tricks of fabric printing using stencils and brilliantly coloured fabric paints – skillfully dabbed on with a sponge. Her quick wit and sense of fun made the experience unforgettable and as a bonus I left with my own …

On Teaching Fashion: and giving it your all.

  I have spoken to many trainee teachers, or individuals thinking of entering the profession. My advice, and of many of my colleagues is that this is one of the most exhausting professions you can undertake. So, after putting on a performance every day, I return home totally shattered. Teaching is an act, and delivering the design process and encouraging creativity is particularly full on. …

Parisian Insights: A Happy Artistic Year!

A new year is beginning and thus comes an array of new exhibitions announced for 2017, in Paris…Quite an eclectic panorama with a spotlight on foreign cultures and designers. At the end of 2016, opened Tenue Correcte Exigée: Quand le Vêtement Fait Scandale, at the Arts Décoratifs. An exhibition that clearly echoes that of the Barbican, The Vulgar. What Parisians have preferred to analyse here, …

On Teaching Fashion: Goodbye Franca Sozzani

As I write my last post for 2016, I am compelled to honour Franca Sozzani whose passing has saddened the fashion world yesterday. Having written about the passing of Sonia Rykiel earlier this year, it is a sad occasion to add another industry talent and great inspiration of losses in 2016. Not only was she the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, but also the sister of …

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