Happy Holidays and Farewell from the UK

I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! While I have trepidations about what’s to come economically and politically both here and in the US, I am also feeling hopeful, as a member of a community of scholarly citizens, about what we can all achieve in the future. This is not only my last post of 2016 …

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 Fashion: at the end of a very long term.

For me, at the end of term, teaching can get less inspirational- primarily because I am, and the students are extremely tired. My arrival to my college gets later in the morning and stronger cups of tea are drank earlier in the day. Especially as the end of term looms and this results in the frantic finishing of projects, the aims for the day get …

CFP: The Space Between: Psyche, Body, Skin, Environment

The Space Between: Psyche, Body, Skin, Environment  When: Friday, 3rd February, 2017 Where: Royal College of Art, London, UK Keynote Speaker: Dr. Fataneh Farahani, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnology and Gender Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden Submission Guidelines: Abstract proposals of 350 words together with a 150 word biography should be sent for review to: fashionresearchnetwork@gmail.com by Thursday 15th December 2016. This symposium is a collaboration between …

CFP: Interwoven: Dress that Crosses Borders and Challenges Boundaries

Who: The Association of Art Historians When: October 27, 2017 Where: The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, UK Submission Guidelines: Please submit your conference paper proposal for a twenty–minute presentation to jennifer.daley [at] kcl.ac.uk as a .doc or .docx file (saved as firstname_lastname) that includes your name, email address, affiliation, descriptive paper title, a 200–word abstract, and a 100–word biography. We also encourage proposals for themed panels of …

On Teaching Fashion Brand Management: A project on Fast Fashion giants

Today I had the chance to explain a project to my students, which I personally like a lot: As part of their module in brand management, the students are asked to examine Fast Fashion in 2 parts. Part one deals with the success strategies of the most successful global retailers in that segment which are (according to some statistics) Zara, H&M and Uniqlo. These brands …

Review: The Vulgar Fashion Redefined at Barbican Art Gallery, London

According to an interview with Judith Clarke and Adam Phillips, creators of the new exhibition, The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined, at London’s Barbican Art Gallery, the term ‘vulgar’ needs to be reclaimed, brought back into critical discussion within historical and cultural debates on fashionable dress[1]. Too often, they suggest, ‘vulgar’ is used without explanation and, in doing so, has established itself as a pejorative measure of …

On Teaching Fashion: The Value of Fashion education.

I recently had a conversation with my colleagues about the value of a fashion education, in reflection on my last post about the news of Art History A Level qualifications. So, what do students gain from fashion? In my opinion, everything. What do most people think students will gain from studying fashion? more often than not- just the concept of fashion design and ‘drawing dresses.’ …

Dressing Up with Others: Instagram Recommendations

I was going to post an exhibition review but realised that it would probably fall by the wayside, given how much attention will be paid to the US election results. Rather than compete with the momentous political event currently taking place, I will leave my review until later this month. It seems more appropriate to remain an observer at this point, to enable both myself …

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