You Should Be Watching: YAMAMOTO

Yohji Yamamoto – Dress 1983 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Yohji Yamamoto stormed the Parisian fashion scene in the early 1980’s. With the help of other avant-garde Japanese designers, Yamamoto transformed the prevailing European fashion aesthetic. Brightly colored body conscious dresses no longer ruled the runway and were replaced with Yamamoto’s signature monochromatic body enveloping silhouettes. In the two videos below, the reticent designer discusses …

You Should Be Watching: Queer Fashion

Image: The Museum at FIT The Museum at FIT recently presented A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk. The pioneering exhibition explored the contributions and influence that the lesbian-gay-bisexual–transgender community has had on fashion history. Accompanying the spectacular show was a great interactive website, a beautiful catalog, and a lively symposium. The website and the catalog are valuable resources and each …

You Should Be Watching: GAULTIER

Image: BrooklynMuseum.Org The exhibition, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk has been making the rounds the past few years. Stints in Montreal, Dallas, San Francisco, and Brooklyn have provided a large collection of video resources related to Gaultier and the exhibition in particular. With the current Brooklyn Museum iteration in its final few weeks and the London premier …

CFP: FASHION THINKING

Fashion Thinking – Theory, History, Practice October 30th – November 1st 2014 University of Southern Denmark The conference Fashion Thinking wishes to mark the evolution of fashion studies over the past 20 years with an international conference. The conference will explore and challenge the theory, history, and practice of Fashion Thinking in it widest sense as paradigms of critical thought and creative practice. Abstracts may …

CFP: Fashion, Dress and Society in Europe during WW I

Institut Français de la Mode in Paris December 12 – 13, 2014 Fashion played an integral role in reshaping European society during World War I. Each nation has a different story of the degree to which the fashion industry played a role in the war economy and the extent to which cultural representations of fashion and dress contributed to shaping national identity. The conference intends …

CFP: What is the History of the Body?

One Day Colloquium Friday March 14th, 2014 Institute of Historical Research What is the history of the body? Many historians have pointed out that “the body” is a worryingly broad historical theme, covering topics as diverse as anthropometrics, dancing, gesture, clothing, sexuality, gender, childhood, animals, aging, death, illness, class, food, sport, and spirituality. Everything and anything is related to bodily experience, and it is tempting …

You Should Be Watching: Early 1940’s

After last month’s You Should be Watching on Series, the engaging TED Talk below was brought to our attention.  Over the past few months, I have also been keeping track of a number of valuable video resources available online which explore the transition from 1930’s glamor to 1940’s wartime austerity. Make Do and Mend was the  impetus for this month’s focus on early 1940’s fashion. …

CFP: Clothing and Textile Research Journal

Focused Issue on Creative Thinking and Problem Solving The Clothing and Textile Research Journal seeks manuscripts focused on creative thinking and problem solving including, but not limited to, fashion issues related to concepts of the creative process, the creative person, the creative product, and/or the creative environment. Topics for this focused issue may include (but are not limited to) the following: Pedagogical or scholarship of …

CFP: Bridging Asia and the World

2014 Global Marketing Conference at Singapore July 15-18, 2014 This year’s conference, Bridging Asia and the World: Globalization of Marketing and Management Theory and Practice, emphasizes the need for educators and business leaders to recognize, appreciate, and understand the significance of marketing in the dynamic global world. The 2014 conference offers outstanding opportunities for business leaders and academics to share their insights and learn from …

CFP: FASHION and…

Communication Symposium University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota May 2-3, 2014 The third in a series of events entitled “Fashion And … ” connecting fashion with other themes of importance in today’s world, this symposium will focus on relationships between fashion and communication. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following: Fashion branding and communication Fashion communication in the retail environment Fashion as …

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