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Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the New Luxury

May 31 and June 1, 2018 in Arnhem, The Netherlands

Conference organiser: ArtEZ University of the Arts, in collaboration with State of Fashion
Academic partners: Wageningen University & Research, Radboud University Nijmegen

It is increasingly urgent to create interventions in the current fashion system and to redefine its meaning and relevance. The ‘Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the New Luxury’will explore how to transition to a more resilient, inclusive and regenerative future of fashion. We are looking for contributions that challenge our perceptions – that move our field forward.

The world needs imagination and experimentation  in order to develop a new kind of aesthetics and connectivity. We need more critical fashion practices and critical theories to “fashion” a more ethical, inclusive and responsible reality. The ‘Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the New Luxury’ underlines the importance of redefining value systems – starting from our own fundamental human values.

  • We welcome contributions related to the following subthemes:
  •  New materials, living materials, biomimicry, biotechnologies
  • Strategies to design for closed loops; innovation, novel business models and different types of value chains
  • Emotional connectivity, aesthetic sustainability, emotional durability
  • The role of purpose in moving beyond economic value, towards human values, ethical values, emotional values, social values and cultural values
  • The importance of agency; embodied subjectivity, ethical subjectivity and material agency
  • Developing a new kind of aesthetics, with a special role for all the senses
  • Fashion’s power to create desire and imaginary worlds in order to transition into a more regenerative future society
  • The role of resilience in fashion and design
  • Other innovations that challenge our understanding of ‘new luxury’

For more information and submission guidelines, visit ArtEZ or view the complete call for papers here.