On Teaching Fashion Brand Management: A project on Fast Fashion giants

Today I had the chance to explain a project to my students, which I personally like a lot: As part of their module in brand management, the students are asked to examine Fast Fashion in 2 parts. Part one deals with the success strategies of the most successful global retailers in that segment which are (according to some statistics) Zara, H&M and Uniqlo. These brands …

Review: The Vulgar Fashion Redefined at Barbican Art Gallery, London

According to an interview with Judith Clarke and Adam Phillips, creators of the new exhibition, The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined, at London’s Barbican Art Gallery, the term ‘vulgar’ needs to be reclaimed, brought back into critical discussion within historical and cultural debates on fashionable dress[1]. Too often, they suggest, ‘vulgar’ is used without explanation and, in doing so, has established itself as a pejorative measure of …

On Teaching Fashion: The Value of Fashion education.

I recently had a conversation with my colleagues about the value of a fashion education, in reflection on my last post about the news of Art History A Level qualifications. So, what do students gain from fashion? In my opinion, everything. What do most people think students will gain from studying fashion? more often than not- just the concept of fashion design and ‘drawing dresses.’ …

Dressing Up with Others: Instagram Recommendations

I was going to post an exhibition review but realised that it would probably fall by the wayside, given how much attention will be paid to the US election results. Rather than compete with the momentous political event currently taking place, I will leave my review until later this month. It seems more appropriate to remain an observer at this point, to enable both myself …

CFP: Culture Costume and Dress, Multi-disciplinary Conference

Who: Faculty of Arts, Design, and Media, Birmingham City University Where: Birmingham City, Birmingham, UK When: May 10-12, 2017 Submission guidelines: Deadlines for abstract submissions is December 9, 2016. For more details, please visit the conference website. This multi-disciplinary, international conference will explore the nature of dress as it relates to, responds to, and influences culture. Through presentations, poster, panel discussions and performance, the conference …

Parisian Insights: Herb Ritts

There are some photographers that are closely linked to a certain 1990s glamour and sensuality – Herb Ritts is one of them. In an exhibition that has just closed its doors at the MEP (Musée Européen de la Photographie), the photographer’s work was  meticulously analyzed, from his iconic celebrity and fashion portraits to his musical videos and his African memorabilia. With Herb Ritts it’s a …

CFP: Inside the Wardobe

Call for Papers for Special Issue: Inside the Wardrobe  Who: Clothing Cultures, a journal published by Intellect Books Submission guidelines: Clothing Cultures invites submissions (of 2000–5000 words) from scholars addressing wearers’ relationships with their clothes. Clothing Cultures also welcomes non-traditional approaches to dress and object analyses. For more details or to submit papers please contact the editors: Dr Jo Turney and Alex Franklin. As the world becomes increasingly …

On teaching: Consumerism Season is nearing

  Dear readers, as I am spending the autumn school holidays with my child in continental Europe, I can’t stop noticing that shops and supermarkets have already stocked up on Christmas merchandise, while still selling pumpkins for Halloween. In fact, even if I look away, it is impossible to navigate the shops without all the seasonal junk. Bright orange round things are standing next to …

Exploring Japanese Textiles

This month’s post is inspired by a recent trip to the famous (in New Zealand) Asia Gallery and Vintage Fabric Emporium in Auckland. The Asia Gallery stocks vintage kimonos, textiles, furniture, jewellery, crafts and so much more. The walls are jam-packed full of every style of kimono and obi you could think of and I found the sheer volume of brightly coloured textiles overwhelming. As one often …

CFP: Exploring the Intersections of Fashion, Film, and Media

Special Issue: Exploring the Intersections of Fashion, Film, and Media Journal: Networking Knowledge, Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network Submission due: Abstracts of a maximum of 150 words, 5 keywords and a short biography should be submitted to the guest editors at elizabeth.lunden@ims.su.se and natalie.snoyman@ims.su.se by 27th October 2016. Paper Guidelines: Final papers should: Be no more than 6000 words long (including abstract, keywords, references, footnotes). The abstract should …

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