Kōrero Kākahu: The Attic

Kia ora! This past weekend my little family and I toddled off to see the re-developed floor of our local museum. As a bit of background, Wellington Museum has had previous incarnations as a Maritime Museum and most recently as the Museum of Wellington City and Sea. MOWCAS was a real mouthful of a name so to see the more direct name is a relief, …

CFP: Behind the Glamor of Fashion

2016 ITAA-GAMMA Joint Symposium at Hong Kong: “Behind the Glamor of Fashion” When: July 21-24, 2016 Submission deadline: January 15, 2016. For detailed submission guidelines, please visit the full CFP here.  The International Textile and Apparel Association and the Global Alliance of Marketing & Management Associations announce the 2016 ITAA-GAMMA Joint Symposium on “Behind the Glamor of Fashion” to be held at the 2016 Global Marketing Conference at …

On Teaching Fashion: The art of learning from our students.

During my working career I have learnt a great deal of knowledge from my students, albeit practical methods, creative thinking processes or previous information that they have ascertained. Some of this has been related to my specialist area of teaching being fashion and costume. Whilst other times not, such as how I can now tell you know how to programme the lighting desk in our theatre and …

What really happened when the V&A Museum refused Margaret Thatcher’s wardrobe?

My last post coincided with the sudden but intriguing news that the V&A Museum had declined an offer to receive Margaret Thatcher’s sartorial archive.  It was an interesting story and given what came to light, I am quite glad I waited to share this with you. The Daily Telegraph, who broke the initial story on 2nd November, claimed that the V&A had refused the offer from the Thatcher family of …

CFP: Bias Issue 4: Fashion and Violence

BIAS Journal of Dress Practice is a yearly publication edited by The Dress Practice Collective, a student-run organization at Parsons the New School for Design. The DPC aims to join elements of visual culture, fashion theory, design studies, and personal practice through academic and creative inquiry across various media. DPC is seeking academic and journalistic writing, interviews, non-fiction narratives, artwork, photography, and projects for the fourth …

Guest Post: Global Fashion Capitals Conference Review

This week’s ‘Domestic Affairs’ is a guest review by Tessa Maffucci of the Global Fashion Capitals Conference held last month at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Tessa Maffucci is a Master’s Candidate pursuing a dual track in Fashion Studies and Digital Humanities at The Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Her current research focuses on the intersection of fashion and digital media, with …

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 …

CFP: Sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line within the Global Clothing and Textiles Industry

Special Article Collection of Fashion and Textiles on “Sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line within the Global Clothing and Textiles Industry” Submission deadline: December 1st, 2015 Please click here for more detailed submission guidelines.  The Fashion and Textiles journal is a research journal that aims to advance knowledge and to seek new perspectives to fashion and textiles worldwide through publication of high quality original research articles, …

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 …

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