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

Fashion: Now & Then: Fashion and Sustainability

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).

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Decorating Dissidence: Feminism, Modernism & the Arts
Nov
3
to Nov 4

Decorating Dissidence: Feminism, Modernism & the Arts

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3rd-4th November 2017, Queen Mary, University of London, London, United Kingdom

Decorating Dissidence takes an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to the work of female artists, designers, and writers to reassess the place of domestic art, craft, and the decorative in modernism. Building on recent scholarship and exhibitions that have highlighted the work of women such as Sonia Delauney, Eileen Grey, Hannah Höch, and the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, this conference offers new approaches to marginalized female modernists and their intermedia art practice. It invites discussion of the ways that modernist experimentation with domestic arts and the decorative influence contemporary art; it is interested in exploring the political, aesthetic, conceptual and material qualities of craft and the decorative in modernism’s longue durée. We are reminded of: the negative space in Kara Walker’s paper cuttings, the embroidered experience of Agnes Richter’s jacket, narrative threads woven by Faith Ringgold and set designs by Es Devlin…

Bringing together different perspectives on the intersections between modernist female craft, domestic arts, visual arts, and literature, this conference will have a broad impact on contemporary modernist studies. As the conference seeks to redefine the spatial and temporal boundaries of modernism, we particularly encourage papers that address non-European modernists and intersectional speakers in relation to dissident craft-making from across the C20th and C21st.

We are very excited to announce our keynote speaker will be Professor Sonia Boyce, an artist and academic whose research interests explore art as a social practice and the critical and contextual debates that arise from this area of study. She is a professor at Middlesex University and Professor of Black Art and Design at University of the Arts London.

More information, registration, and schedules can be found at the Decorating Dissidence website.

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Costume Colloquium VI
Nov
14
to Nov 18

Costume Colloquium VI

Costume Colloquium VI: Textiles in Fashion – Creativity in Context

Florence, Italy, November 14-18, 2017

Topics to be covered at this immersive conference include:

  • From Fiber to Fashion: past and present processes of fashion creation and commercialization around the world
  • Materials and Techniques: printing, surface treatment, weaving, fibers (natural, eco fibers, recycling, nanotechnology, tactile and optical properties), non-woven textiles, etc.
  • Archives, masterpieces, collections sample books and work records, etc.: documentation of textiles and fashion production (historic and contemporary)

For further inquiries please contact:  info@costume-textiles.com

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wearingwellbeing conference
Nov
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

wearingwellbeing conference

Did you know that fashion is good for you, or that you can intentionally get dressed to be happier? Well, you can!

A panel of positive fashion experts will share their research and stories to inspire you to wearwellbeing every day.

The super Sue Kreitzman will be introducing the speakers - Rebecca Weef Smith, Carolyn Mair, Florent Bidois & Tansy Hoskins - and there will be an opportunity to sashay and socialise after Q & As.

The only the requirement to attend is that you wear something that makes you happy!

Please be aware that the event will be filmed and by attending you will be automatically providing permission to use images on all media platforms.

More information and booking can be found here.

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In Pursuit of Luxury: Luxury, Sustainability and Waste
Nov
17
to Nov 18

In Pursuit of Luxury: Luxury, Sustainability and Waste

17th-18th November 2017, Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town, South Africa

This event is a collaboration between The School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire and Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

The debate surrounding luxury continues in so much as there are more questions than answers where definitions of luxury are concerned. In addition, there is much more debate surrounding social responsibility, the origin of materials and manufacture, the inclusion of technology, the retail environment and disposable products.

We continue to ask ourselves whether traditional definitions of luxury are relevant in today’s global marketplace and how the contemporary luxury market addresses change through addressing shifts in consumer habits. Mass production remains the focus of global luxury brands, however there has been a shift in customer loyalty, the introduction on ‘limited’ editions of products and the introduction of ‘salons’ to enhance the value added to the retail and shopping experience. Advances in technology continue to challenge the status-quo where innovation in manufacture, customisation and materials are concerned and an increase in value attributed to craftsmanship may be pushing both industry and academics to redefine contemporary concepts and interpretations of luxury.

Have we changed our perception of luxury and therefore re-defining what it represents? What do we understand by the term luxury and can it or should it be applied to all luxury branded goods? Does contemporary branding allow such goods to remain ‘luxurious’ even though they have been mass-produced? And is the circular economy redefining the parameters of the definition of luxury where we consider the notions of sustainability and the impact of waste in what is becoming a ‘polluted’ consumer Environment.

By discussing the history of luxury against the backdrop of contemporary issues, a familiar debate is extended into unfamiliar contexts. In this new and dynamic juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated market cultures significant inter-relationships are proposed and explored to expand the parameters of the debate around the concepts of luxury.

Fashion Film has become increasingly central to describing, promoting, defining and enhancing luxury brands. They are able to engage in story telling that static advertising is not able to do. In addition, fashion film is provocative in its approach, generates much debate and is in some instances contentious. With this in mind the In Pursuit of Luxury Conference 2017 invites submissions of Fashion Films focusing on luxury and luxury brands. The aim is to provide new perspectives on the ways in which notions of luxury are disseminated to an ever increasing global audience. We encourage and welcome debate around the subject.

This conference intends to expand the parameters of the debate around the concepts of luxury to provide a refreshing context to construe the familiar debates surrounding the subject.

More information about the conference and registration can be found here

Contact: Nick Thomas

Email: n.thomas9@herts.ac.uk

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Rediscovering Culture: Transforming Fashion
Jan
31
to Feb 2

Rediscovering Culture: Transforming Fashion

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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

 

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Fashion and Media
Oct
14
9:00am 9:00am

Fashion and Media

October 14, 2017, University of Drexel, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Fashion is signified and utilized through various forms of media. In Fashion And…symposium we will focus on how fashion is portrayed in all types of media. Presentations should examine the representations and expressions of fashion, apparel, garments, clothing, and textiles in various forms. Whether examining the latest technological innovations in fashion design, or how clothing is portrayed in paintings and sculpture, to the use of social media allowing an individual to show the latest clothing they purchased to friends, this symposium aims to push the envelopeof scholarship to gain new understandings about the visual expression of fashion, apparel, garments, clothing and textiles through all media types. From the historical to the contemporary – the technological to fine artistic expression, Fashion And Media aims to be international in scope and represent a wide variety of disciplines, with a particular emphasis on perspectives and approaches from the humanities, social sciences, and the arts interconnections between fashion and media.

This symposium provides the opportunity for academics, researchers, graduate, and undergraduate students to exchange research findings, innovative teaching strategies, and creative designs addressing the interrelationships between fashion and media.

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Animate Objects: Encounters between People and Things
Oct
13
9:00am 9:00am

Animate Objects: Encounters between People and Things

Animate Objects will explore our diverse relationships to things, and the values and meanings that we attribute to them. Positioning artefacts as active and powerful agents in human relations it asks how consumer and consumed relate to one another in contemporary commodity culture.

This one-day symposium will present varied theoretical approaches to object relations, exploring the object as a thing of social value, a locus of emotional experience, a powerful and empowering tool, and an agent capable of disrupting dominant discourses.

The day will bring together speakers from disciplines including; anthropology, history, material culture, psychology, fashion, visual art, and design. Each panel will present a critical approach to consumer culture and object relations examining how objects become meaningful, and provide us with meaning.

Refreshments will be provided, including a drinks reception in the gallery from 6pm.

Convened by Dr Dawn Woolley, Anglia Ruskin, and Dr Ellen Sampson, Chelsea College of Art.

The symposium accompanies a solo exhibition in the Ruskin Gallery by Dawn Woolley.

More information and registration can be found here.

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Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez in Conversation at the Next Atelier with Alina Cho
Oct
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez in Conversation at the Next Atelier with Alina Cho

The next Atelier with Alina Cho will feature designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, on Thursday, October 12, at 7:00 p.m. at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. American design talent standouts, Jack and Lazaro rocked the fashion boat in July with their journey across the Atlantic to show their Spring/Summer 2018 ready-to-wear collection during the Fall/Winter 2017 haute couture shows in Paris. Pioneers of style and craft since they launched their brand 15 years ago, the fathers of the 10-year-old perennial "It Bag" known as PS1, will chat with journalist Alina Cho about why they showed in Paris, how they manage their personal and professional relationship, and what inspires their collections.

Now in its fourth season, The Atelier with Alina Cho has featured fashion visionaries such as Alber Elbaz, Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, Olivier Rousteing, Donatella Versace, Alexander Wang, and Anna Wintour in conversations that explore the intersection of fashion and art along with a range of personal topics. 

This series is made possible by the Doris & Stanley Tananbaum Foundation in memory of Doris Tananbaum.

Proenza Schouler is a New York-based womenswear and accessories brand founded in 2002 by designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez while they were students at Parsons School of Design. Known for drawing inspiration from contemporary art and youth culture, Proenza Schouler has played an important role in reinvigorating American fashion. Named after the designers' mothers, using their maiden names, Proenza Schouler won the inaugural CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Award and has won five CFDA awards including Womenswear Designer of the Year and Accessory Designer of the Year. The brand has six freestanding stores, the first of which opened in New York City in 2012, and is sold in more than 350 stores worldwide.

Alina Cho is currently Editor-at-Large at Ballantine Bantam Dell, responsible for acquiring and co-editing books in the fashion and lifestyle categories. She was previously National Correspondent at CNN and host of Fashion: Backstage Pass.

Tickets start at $40. Premium seating is available.

For tickets and information, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets or call
212-570-3949. Tickets are also available at the Great Hall Box Office, which is open

Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m. –3:30 p.m.
Tickets include Museum admission on the day of the event.
Prices are subject to change.  

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Exploring Fashion Culture with Colleen Hill
Sep
18
to Oct 16

Exploring Fashion Culture with Colleen Hill

Hosted by Roundtable Cultural Seminars (New York, NY)

Fashion is one of the most accessible and immediate forms of visual art – and like art, its deeper meanings are worthy of exploration. This Seminar will demonstrate that fashion is more than a mere reflection of its time, highlighting its inextricable links to cultural, social, and technological changes. These concepts will be revealed through an examination of fashion trendsetters – including important clients and designers – as well as the cycles of the trends themselves. (With images.)

Session 1: Fashion Icons
From Marie Antoinette to Kate Middleton.

Session 2: Great Designers
Beginning with the first couturier, Charles Frederick Worth

Session 3: The Evolution of Fashion
Focusing on changes in style from the mid-18th century to the present.

MONDAYS, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
SEPT 18
OCT 2
OCT 16

Cost $250 (3 sessions)
* tax deductible portion is $125

More information and registration can be found at Roundtable Cultural Seminars!

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