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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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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wearingwellbeing conference
Nov
16
6:00 PM18:00

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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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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