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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 …

Review: Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu

It is not often that I walk into an exhibition space and get goosebumps. The current exhibition at Auckland War Memorial Museum, Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu,  is one of those few shows that make you feel a sense of something deeper to the objects on display.  Working with mainly historical objects as part of my day job at Auckland Museum, it is very refreshing to see a …

Upcoming Conference: Out of the Dark and into the Light? Dress in the Early Modern Period and the Age of Enlightenment, 1400–1800

Tickets are now on sale for The Association of Dress Historians’ (ADH) annual conference, featuring twenty-five papers presented over two concurrent panels, and titled:: Out of the Dark and into the Light? Dress in the Early Modern Period and the Age of Enlightenment, 1400–1800 International Conference of Dress Historians Saturday, 5 November 2016 The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT, United Kingdom …

On Teaching Fashion: Fast Fashion

Today, my brand development class and I spend our lecture examining Fast Fashion: It’s success strategy and immense growth, as well as it’s dark side. I started the lecture with the image of the moon to illustrate the duality of this fashion segment: Image credit: NASA The students also saw images which I took some years back at LMB clothing recycling factory on the outskirts …

On Teaching: The Socio-economic Impact of Clothing

“Fashion matters. To the economy, to society and to each of us personally. Faster than anything else, what we wear tells the story of who we are- or who we want to be. Fashion is the most immediate intimate form of self-expression.” Frances Corner, Author of Why Fashion Matters (2014). Photo courtesy of The Women’s Room Blog This week I had a student’s parent ask …

On teaching: Faculty regulations, conflicts and quality assurance

This is an open question to all faculty teaching fashion: What do you do when a conflict arises between academics and the result can directly affect your students? How do you ensure quality standards are in place when colleagues contradict each other? Do you implement strict rules or allow teaching freedom? Image source here. In my teaching experience, I have encountered different types of settings …

On Teaching: SXStyle and Sustainability

This year I had the opportunity to attend South by Southwest SXStyle Convention. It was a whirlwind few days! I crisscrossed all over downtown Austin from official to unofficial events (and of course stopped at a few fabulous places to eat!). I spent several days mapping out what panels and presentations I wanted to see and was rarely disappointed in the content or credentials of …

On teaching fashion: What students want

A very important question for any teacher, lecturer, instructor or course leader is to ask: “What do our students want?” in the context of the program and course which is being taught. There is of course the syllabus which dictates the content of a class, the anticipated learning outcomes and the credit points and it is connected to the degree which itself dictates the mandatory …

On Teaching Fashion: the concept of ‘design’.

I am currently completing a project with my students surrounding the idea of ‘the design cycle.’ The aim of this unit is to get the students to identify with the concept of design and the individual processes that are undertaken to produce everything and anything that is man made and produced in this world. As I mentioned in my last post, this January I received a …

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