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

Cultural Mediators in the Digital Age

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).

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Space for Fashion Thinking &  Practice: Review, Reflect, Revise
Sep
8
to Sep 9

Space for Fashion Thinking & Practice: Review, Reflect, Revise

Fashion Research Network Interdisciplinary Symposium and Exhibition
Friday 8th September 2017, 
Coventry University London, University House, 109-117 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7JF


As we move into our fifth year the Fashion Research Network (FRN) invite you to Review, Reflect and Revise. FRN began as a collaborative project with the aim of promoting and sharing the work of PhD and early career fashion and dress researchers; bridging the gaps and exploring the intersections between contemporary, practice based research, historical and theoretical approaches to dress.
 
From our beginnings as a small group organising a pair of events at the Royal College of Art and Courtauld Institute of Art, the Fashion Research Network has grown and developed through nearly 40 events to become a leading organisation in fashion research. FRN is a space for dialogue, exchange and experimentation about fashion and dress thinking and practice. This symposium draws on our interdisciplinary approach and brings together the themes of our discussions of the last five years to highlight future areas of collaboration, practice and dialogue.
 
The first in a series of events marking 5 years of the FRN, Space for Fashion Thinking & Practice: Review, Reflect, Revise considers the current state of interdisciplinary fashion thinking and practice. 

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

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

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.

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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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Textiles Close Up — From Ancient to Avant-Garde: Textiles in Montreal
Sep
28
to Sep 29

Textiles Close Up — From Ancient to Avant-Garde: Textiles in Montreal

From the Textile Society of America:

Join us for a survey of historic textiles collections and contemporary textile-making in Montreal, Canada. This 2-day Textiles Close Up will provide access to a wide range of collections and institutions, all led by expert curators, researchers and artists. Your visit will include:

  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with a behind-the-scenes viewing of Ancient Andean weavings
  • Concordia University for an afternoon exploring the exciting textile work in the Textiles and Materiality Research Cluster at this innovative school.
  • The McCord Museum with a special viewing of First Nation’s textiles
  • Musée de la Mode for a behind-the-scenes viewing of textiles for fashion. 
  • Lunch at a cafe in Montreal's historic district

Registration opens for members on August 7th, and for nonmembers on August 14th. 

For more information and registration, visit this link.

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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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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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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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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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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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