On Teaching Fashion: Intercultural Communication, Obstacles and Solutions

This term, I have had the great pleasure of lecturing at a very international University with a cohort that covers the globe. It has been blissful to engage with students who bring cultural and local knowledge from their far-away homes which in turn inform their project work. The students are able to inspire one-another and benefit from an exchange of culture and trends amongst their …

On Teaching Fashion: In conclusion.

The conclusion, evaluation, summing up of a project- often perhaps an oversight after weeks and many hours of sewing a precious collection together. Previously I have written about the necessity for critical thinking in research and visual data gathering at the start of design projects. Understanding why you have gained this visual information, and what you could do with it. A sketchbook should never look …

Parisian Insights: Tenue Correcte Exigée, quand le vêtement fait scandale

There must be something in the air that pushes curators to explore themes of vulgarity, shocking, taste and scandal in fashion. Maybe because of our political contexts, is there an urge to remind spectators how a “revolution” can be imperative…Besides Judith Clark’s The Vulgar, Fashion Redefined, at the Barbican, in London, was proposed, here, in Paris, an exhibition dedicated to what has been considered scandalous …

On Teaching Fashion: Garment Production

My GCSE class have recently finished constructing their final pieces, an array of dresses, children’s wear and children’s play mats. I have also started this practical project with the year below them to begin their creative processes, this overlap of the end and beginning with the different classes has result in me creating a reflective list of do’s and don’ts for the younger cohort. Remember …

Parisian Insights: Mode & Femmes – 14/18

Rarely has World War I been studied through the prism of fashion and femininity. It is often as if, from 1914 to 1918, civil life had been suspended. Maud Bass-Krueger and Sophie Kurkdjian, the two curators of the Mode & Femmes – 14/18 exhibition held at the Bibliothèque Forney, in Paris, have decided to demonstrate how different reality was. With numerous documents and various garments …

On Teaching Fashion: Learning how to teach and teaching how to learn

Image source here.   This week I was lucky to attend a conference in London on learning and teaching. The revelation was quite substantial, when I realized that we lecturers need to be taught how to best teach, how to encourage learning and how to motivate students to deliver their best possible output. This output should not only be present in university but prepare them …

CFP: All That Glitters

All That Glitters: Visual Representations of Dress in the Early Modern and the Boundaries of Reliability Click here for info Dressing The Early Modern Network Conference September 14-15, 2017, Kunstgewerbemuseum & Lipperheidesche Kostümbibliothek, Kulturforum, Berlin, Germany Since few garments survive from the early modern period, especially pre-1700, reliance on depictions of early modern dress in art is unavoidable. Dress and textile representations in paintings, drawings, …

On Teaching Fashion: Design and developments.

I have written before about the concept of design. And how learners in previous jobs I have had have handed to me an outline of their ‘desired final piece’ before the research or project even begins. Why is that? Well recently I have had one more student do this in a class, whilst other members of the group are taking time in developing theory, sketchbooks, …

CFP: FROM THE PLEASURE OF PRESERVING TO THE PLEASURE OF DISPLAYING

CALL FOR PAPERS FROM THE PLEASURE OF PRESERVING TO THE PLEASURE OF DISPLAYING: The politics of fashion in the museum Date: May, 15 2017 We invite researchers and practitioners to send us their proposals by March 29, 2017. Participants will be notified by April 4, 2017. Location: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal Organisation: Centro de investigação em Arquitetura, Urbanismo e Design (CIAUD), Faculdade de Arquitectura …

Parisian Insights: L’Elégance Engagée by M/B at the Galeries Lafayette

Exhibitions and artistic displays are nothing new in stores. The ever-so lasting ‘art meets commerce’ debate is revived every time art hits shops, runways or window displays as well as when fashion brands take part to the artistic world through foundations, galleries or sponsorship. When it comes to fashion as a patrimonial/curatorial tool, the boundaries are slightly more blurred because today, curated fashion has become …

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