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 …

Happy Holidays and Farewell from the UK

I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! While I have trepidations about what’s to come economically and politically both here and in the US, I am also feeling hopeful, as a member of a community of scholarly citizens, about what we can all achieve in the future. This is not only my last post of 2016 …

Intellectual Fashion Show: Q & A with Doris de Pont

Opened on the 8th of October at the Gus Fisher Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand, the Intellectual Fashion Show 2016 brought to life artist June Black’s idea of an “intellectual fashion house.” Black’s original exhibition in March 1959 explored the expression of “the self” and brought together her ceramic wall sculptures and paintings as offerings in an imaginary fashion house, complete with an imagined director, …

On Teaching Fashion: at the end of a very long term.

For me, at the end of term, teaching can get less inspirational- primarily because I am, and the students are extremely tired. My arrival to my college gets later in the morning and stronger cups of tea are drank earlier in the day. Especially as the end of term looms and this results in the frantic finishing of projects, the aims for the day get …

CFP: The Space Between: Psyche, Body, Skin, Environment

The Space Between: Psyche, Body, Skin, Environment  When: Friday, 3rd February, 2017 Where: Royal College of Art, London, UK Keynote Speaker: Dr. Fataneh Farahani, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnology and Gender Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden Submission Guidelines: Abstract proposals of 350 words together with a 150 word biography should be sent for review to: fashionresearchnetwork@gmail.com by Thursday 15th December 2016. This symposium is a collaboration between …

CFP: Interwoven: Dress that Crosses Borders and Challenges Boundaries

Who: The Association of Art Historians When: October 27, 2017 Where: The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, UK Submission Guidelines: Please submit your conference paper proposal for a twenty–minute presentation to jennifer.daley [at] kcl.ac.uk as a .doc or .docx file (saved as firstname_lastname) that includes your name, email address, affiliation, descriptive paper title, a 200–word abstract, and a 100–word biography. We also encourage proposals for themed panels of …

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