Clothing & Comedy
Jul
30
4:00 pm16:00

Clothing & Comedy

  • Junior HIgh

Clothing & _____  presents an afternoon conversation on the topic of clothing and comedy. We'll be talking about what makes clothing funny with comedian Amber Nelson (Almost Genius, Characters), and costume designers Melina Root (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, That ‘70s Show, SNL) and Maeve Kelly (The Big Sick, Sisters). 

Hosted by Rachel Kinnard, Clothing & _____ is a monthly summer series that engages contemporary designers, performers, writers and researchers on topics related to our ever-evolving relationship with clothing. #clothingand 

$5 suggested donation towards Junior High, Los Angeles. Parking is limited.

More information can be found at Clothingand.com 

Cultural Mediators in the Digital Age
Sep
4
9:00 am09:00

Cultural Mediators in the Digital Age

  • King's College London

September 4, 2017, King's College London

This Symposium is organised by the School of Communications at University Adolfo Ibanez (UAI), the Culture, Media and Creative Industries Department at King’s College (KCL), and the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London (UAL). 

Following from the influential work of Pierre Bourdieu, cultural intermediaries (CIs) have been typically analysed within cultural studies and sociology (Smith-Maguire and Matthews 2013; Nixon and du Gay 2002; O’Connor 2015) as significant mediators of culture, shaping cultural forms and identities; for example, in fashion (Blumer 1969; Braham 1997; Entwistle 2006; Fine and Leopold 1993), music (Hesmondhalgh 2007), food (Bob, et.al. 2013) masculinity within popular culture (Nixon 1996, 2003). This early cultural intermediaries literature was important in establishing a more complex and dynamic relationship between production and consumption by examining the work of influential ‘taste-makers’ located within key professional spaces and institutions (publishing, fashion industry, etc.). However, in the digital age, today’s CIs also include fashion bloggers and vloggers, Youtubers (Rocamora, forthcoming, 2017), music and food bloggers, and so on, who are examples of new forms of labour, as well as practices where cultural value is generated and circulated across digital spaces. Further, ideas about the ‘prosumer’ and ‘prosumption’ challenge the uni-directional view of flows of influence: consumers are emerging as ‘experts’ of the flows they are consuming (Baym and Burnett 2009), as well as ‘cultural mediators’ or ‘intermediaries’ (Arriagada 2014; Entwistle 2009; Bourdieu 1984; Rocamora 2011; 2016), bringing ‘a range of cultural things to markets: goods, images, tastes, aesthetics’ (Entwistle 2009: 15). In addition, science and technology studies (STS) and actor-network-theory (ANT) have challenged ideas about mediation to include non-human actors within these networks and flows of goods. 

In this Symposium we will explore how much of the early cultural intermediaries literature within cultural studies (emerging from the late 1980s-1990s) and across a range of industries (fashion, music, popular media/magazines, for example) is relevant to today’s cultural forms in the digital age. Specifically, the aim of the symposium is to gather experts on cultural industries to discuss and analyse how consumers’ practices performed in digital spaces (e.g. blog, social media, and websites) are facilitating the emergency of new cultural and economic forms in this industry. It will be cross- disciplinary and cross-sector, seeking also to examine the differences, synergies and similarities across key cultural industries (for example, fashion, music, print/publishing, film, food, gaming). 

The program will be available by June the 22nd. 
Participation in the Symposium will cost £50 and £30 (students).

All that Glitters: Visual Representations of Dress in the Early Modern and the Boundaries of Reliability
Sep
14
Sep 15

All that Glitters: Visual Representations of Dress in the Early Modern and the Boundaries of Reliability

  • Kulturforum

Kunstgewerbemuseum & Lipperheidesche Kostümbibliothek, Kulturforum (Berlin, Germany)

Since few garments survive from the early modern period, especially pre-1700, reliance on depictions of early modern dress in art is unavoidable. Dress and textile representations in paintings, drawings, prints, costume books, album amicorum and sculptures form some of the main visual sources, which in addition to possibilities have various limitations with regards to reliability and interpretation. From fantasy draperies and studio props to true to life portrayals of the sitter’s real garments, the implications of what pictorial representations can offer to dress historians are innumerable and complex.

While in some cases depictions of dress and textiles can act as tools for interpretations of paintings, in others, such as some depictions of dress and fabric worn in the overseas colonies are merely akin to fantasy dress in art. Portrayals of the elite largely survive providing information about the dress worn by the upper echelons in society. However, do such portrayals depict innovations in dress style and textile patterns accurately or do they merely portray a traditional form of dress that conforms to the specific genres of the various visual mediums? Furthermore, such portrayals are scarce in regard to clothing worn by other classes of society and in many cases the context in which they were depicted may have affected the representation. The conference aims to generate a discussion about the extent to which visual sources can be reliable in providing an accurate representation and understanding of the changes and innovations in dress, textiles, fur, haberdashery and jewellery with regards to the context in which they are depicted and used.

More information and registration can be found at the conference website.

Fashion: Now & Then: Fashion and Sustainability
Oct
19
Oct 21

Fashion: Now & Then: Fashion and Sustainability

  • LIM College

October 19-21, 2017, LIM College, New York City, NY

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library at LIM College invites participation in the seventh annual Fashion: Now & Then Conference, a three day conference in which participants will discuss the past, present, and future uses of fashion information as it relates to sustainability. Participants will be drawn from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, collectors, and museums to represent a full range of expertise.

The theme for this year’s conference is Fashion and Sustainability. We look forward to proposals that will examine both the current and evolving relationship between fashion and sustainability. Proposal topics can include one or more of these subjects in relation to fashion or style: archives, blogs, books, business, collection development, collectors, designer archives, digital archives, digital collections, digitization projects, ephemera, fashion analytics, fashion forecasting, fashion history, fashion studies, film, librarians, libraries, magazines, mapping & data visualization, marketing, material culture, merchandising, museums, new media, oral history, patrons, photography, preservation, print & non-print media, product development, rare books, retail, social media, special collections, street style, textiles, and trend reporting.

The event will take place in the LIM College Townhouse (12 E. 53rd Street between Fifth & Madison Avenues).

Rediscovering Culture: Transforming Fashion
Jan
31
Feb 2

Rediscovering Culture: Transforming Fashion

  • National Institute of Fashion Technology

National Institute of Fashion Technology  31st January-2nd February 2018 (New Delhi, India)

The association of fashion with rapid technological advancement and extensive consumption, spurred by rapidly changing trends and dominated by commercial motivations has contributed to its undertone of transience. The erosion of traditional institutions and cultures and the disruption of the harmony between environment and the human existence forebodes an unsustainable future. However, in recent times there is a perceptible shift in the focus of fashion from business considerations to a more responsible attitude towards sustainability concerns. Slow design, green production processes, waste generation and disposal systems, management of end to end solutions and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives with mindfulness towards ecological fragility are being incorporated by the design community and the industry. 

Fashion, as a signifier of societal change, can stimulate contemporary articulations on the dialectics of tradition and modernity in the clothing, textile and craft sectors. The pedagogy of fashion and design education in synergizing materials and techniques plays a tripartite role in design, production and consumption.

The theme of the conference ‘Rediscovering Culture: Transforming Fashion’ aims to initiate conversation on fashion, culture, textiles, crafts and sustainability by providing an interdisciplinary platform to share perspectives and practice-led research experiences on the issues and concerns, challenges and possibilities of changing existing fashion practices. Trans-global cultural narratives may enable relevant issues to transcend the regional to take on global significance.

Image Credit: Tim Mitchell, "Clothing Recycled" (2005) via Europeana Fashion

 

New Research in Dress History Conference
Apr
13
Apr 14

New Research in Dress History Conference

  • The Art Workers Guild

The Association of Dress Historians

Friday, 13 April 2018 and Saturday, 14 April 2018
The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT, England

More information, a conference schedule, and ticketing information are forthcoming. Please check back at a later date, or consult the ADH website!


Fashion & Justice
Jul
15
9:00 am09:00

Fashion & Justice

Fashion forms part of a society’s rich tapestry and can serve as an entry point into contemplating how marginalized and racialized communities understand themselves and their place in the world. FASHION & JUSTICE is a daylong workshop that examines the role of fashion in challenging inequality through sartorial ingenuity. The workshop will include an analysis of artwork and artistic projects, partial film screenings, review of relevant literature, conversations with guest speakers, and a look at contemporary designers, artists, journalists, curators, photographers, and academics who explore the fashion system with a critical lens. Participants will leave the workshop with a #fashionandjustice syllabus equipping them with tools to better understand how fashion has been harnessed by marginalized communities to negotiate the complexities of power and visibility (and the lack thereof). The tuition for this workshop is $50.

The seminar will include guest speakers Elizabeth Way and Darío Calmese. Elizabeth Way is an assistant curator at the FIT Museum where she was instrumental in curating the Black Designers Symposium. Darío Calmese is not only an accomplished photographer and creative consultant, he has written for The Huffington PostThe Daily Beast, and a number of other media outlets.

If you would like any more details about the seminar, do not hesitate to get in contact with us via email at fashioningtheself@gmail.com.

More information and registration can be found via this link.

#SlaveryMadePlain
Jul
4
Jul 5

#SlaveryMadePlain

  • 26 B Broadway New York, NY, 10004 United States

"What to a slave is the 4th of July?,” Frederick Douglass famously asked in an untitled speech delivered on July 5, 1852. Though slavery as a formal institution ended well over a century ago, Douglass’s question is just as relevant today as it was in the nineteenth century. We as citizens of the United States grapple with the legacy of slavery on a daily basis as forms of coerced labor still exist and the consequences of enslavement are still palpable through continued racial inequality. This is especially true in New York City, a city whose foundation was laid on the backs of enslaved Africans and their descendants. 

Keeping New York City’s unique relationship with urban slavery in mind, living historian and performance artist Cheyney McKnight will take to the streets of lower Manhattan on July 4th dressed as a slave, holding a placard reading Douglass’s famous quote. McKnight, the founder and creative director of Not Your Momma’s History, has years of experience in historical reenacting and previously worked as a living historian at Colonial Williamsburg. For this guerilla performance piece, she will fuse for professional experience in public history with performance art. She will invite passersby to contemplate the enduring legacy of slavery, using Frederick Douglass’s famous inquiry as a point of departure. Passersby can use the hashtag #SlaveryMadePlain to document her journey. 

#SlaveryMadePlain is the first of a series of performance art pieces that highlights how slavery continues to shape our nation’s politics in ways that are not fully appreciated by the American populace. For #slaverymadeplain, McKnight is collaborating with two fashion-focused creative agencies Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom and The Common Thread Project.

Writing Fashion: Celebrating 50 Years of the Costume Journal
Jun
30
Jul 3

Writing Fashion: Celebrating 50 Years of the Costume Journal

Friday, June 30th-Monday, July 3rd (London, UK)

2017 marks half a century since the first publication of Costume, the journal of the UK Costume Society and the first conference held by the Society. It was also the year in which two classic texts - Roland Barthes’ The Fashion System and Francois Boucher’s History of Costume in the West - exploring dress were published. What was termed costume has developed through dress history to the new growing academic discipline of Fashion Studies. In 2017 dress and fashion, history is big business, regularly the subject of blockbuster museum exhibitions and a desirable field of enquiry for academics from a multitude of disciplines. The Costume Society is marking this golden anniversary milestone for Costume by exploring the topic of writing on dress and fashion history for its 2017 annual conference, Writing Fashion.

The full conference schedule and booking information can be found here.