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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 …

On Teaching Fashion: Academic mobility (for women and mothers)

Have you been studying fashion and decided to move to another university? Or do a term abroad? Are you a researcher or lecturer and have changed institutions, and perhaps countries, throughout your academic career? Do you feel that there is a better career opportunity waiting for you at a different university? If you answer yes, you are experiencing “academic mobility.” The definition of this term ...

Graduate Student Opportunity in History and Culture

Potential graduate students in history & culture MS or PhD level: I want to let you know at University of Georgia we are seeking students to apply for Fall 2017, January 2018, and Fall 2018 in our area. We have multiple faculty to compose thesis committees, have a 3000 piece collection that is undergoing a renovation, teach grad classes in contemporary history, museuming, merchandising, and …

Printing by Hand with Susan Holmes

I recently had the opportunity to attend a printing workshop with Susan Holmes, a renowned fabric artist in New Zealand, where she taught us her tips and tricks of fabric printing using stencils and brilliantly coloured fabric paints – skillfully dabbed on with a sponge. Her quick wit and sense of fun made the experience unforgettable and as a bonus I left with my own …

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: 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 …

Parisian Insights: Barbie at the Arts Décoratifs

I used to spend hours playing with my Barbie dolls as a child and young teenager, dressing them up, undressing them, making them celebrate parties, go to the beach, fall in love and even suffer from terrible accidents (why do children always have this thing with making their toys endure the most tragic events?)…When I heard about the Arts Décoratifs’s exhibition dedicated to the famous …

Exhibition Review: Looking Terrific: The story of El Jay

This month’s post is on one of my favourite fashion designers from New Zealand, Gus Fisher, whose beautiful garments I have come across many times during my work in various museums around the country. Gus Fisher, the man behind the label El Jay, was a leading figure in New Zealand’s fashion for over 50 years. Over his long career, along with his wife Irene,  they …

Parisian Insights: Anatomy of a Collection

The first major concept fashion curators come across while studying, is that of the relationships that exist between garments and bodies, thus wearers. It is a reflection that follows all professionals analyzing fashion history and how they could display it, enhancing or, on the contrary, denying its previous existence, that of a worn piece of clothing. I had written in my previous post how different …

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