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Museum Life: Film costume onscreen, on the street, and in the museum

Last month I was fortunate to be able to attend and participate in New York University’s second annual conference on film costume, “Film Costume / Rendering Realities”, a collaboration between the Costume Studies and Film Studies departments.  This one-day event brought together film costume scholars, designers, directors, students, and museum, library, and auction professionals to talk about the power of costume and clothing both on and …

On Teaching: Incorporating Ethics in Fashion Education Curriculum- A Request for Dialogue

Last week a student made an interesting revelation in a workshop regarding the concept of ethics and responsibility taught in fashion education. This student voiced that as he studied more about the fashion industry, the more dissatisfied he became with the way the industry in general does business. He highlighted “hot topics” within the industry such as child models, unhealthy body images, and poor manufacturing …

Conference Review: Survival and Revival: Clothing Design that Survives and Fashion Trends that Are Revived

Last Saturday I attended the one day international conference of dress historians in London, organized by The Association of Dress Historians. Entitled Survival and Revival: Clothing Design that Survives and Fashion Trends that Are Revived, the day was packed with a variety of short presentations from a host of international speakers. There were three main sessions, within which you could choose to attend three out …

Press Releases vs. Posts

Hi readers, Just an FYI. My in-box has been flooded lately with fascinating emails but those I can not exactly work with. We rarely publish press release material such as event listings, things for sale, new items published, or new classes at schools. However, we do love hearing about all of these things, and so do our readers. Worn Through is aimed to promote conversation, community, …

On Teaching: Addressing Faculty and Administration Conflict

I recently read a paper written in 1966 discussing the changing roles of faculty and administrators. Stephen Epler identified two types of conflict that exist: natural and aggravated. According to Epler, natural conflict is unavoidable due to the difference in goals, perspectives and experiences between administrators and faculty. The aggravated conflict can be avoided. It is a result of inadequate communication, planning, information and practices …

Domestic Affairs: Autumnal Events!

There is a lot happening this season in the world of fashion exhibitions and events! On October 10, the Richmond Art Center (California) will be hosting a mini-symposium held in conjunction with their exhibition Body as Agent: Changing Fashion Art. Body as Agent is an exhibition in response to the 1983 landmark showing of wearable art the Richmond Art Center, Poetry for the Body: Clothing …

Conference Review: The Look of Austerity, Museum of London

This month, I was able to attend The Look of Austerity conference, supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and held at the Museum of London on 11 and 12 September. Organised by both Museum of London curators and Royal Holloway, University of London academics, the conference focused on post war fashion and covered aspects from austerity, glamour and the New …

Pictures! Pictures! A Plea to Readers

Worn Through wants to post your pictures. If you attend a symposium or event, saw a fabulous exhibition (and have permission), or otherwise, we’d love to post some of your pictures that are relevant to our readers of museum professionals, academics, historians, entertainment industry folks, and more! Let’s put some names and faces together of all those wonderful papers and books we read. Let’s let …

Eicher/Steele this weekend at UMN

This weekend is the Fashion, Sex and Power conference at the University of Minnesota. I’ll be there. Drop a line if you’re attending. If enough Worn Through readers are coming perhaps we’ll arrange cocktails after the event Friday or Saturday. Valerie Steele gives a keynote Friday that is free to attend, and Joanne Eicher gives a keynote Saturday (ticketed). September 11-12, 2015 McNeal Hall, 1985 …

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