Symposium: "Eastern Exposure: Dress and Textiles in China and Japan"

  • NYU Einstein Auditorium (ground floor) 34 Stuyvesant Street New York, NY, 10003 United States

Presented by the NYU Steinhardt Costume MA Program:

This symposium brings together a distinguished group of scholars to examine continuity and innovation in dress and textiles in the evolving fashion industries of China and Japan.


1:45 – 2:00       Check-in

2:00 – 2:10       Welcome
                         Nancy Deihl
                         Director, NYU Costume Studies

                         Daniel James Cole
                         NYU Costume Studies faculty and organizer of Eastern Exposure

2:10 – 2:30       Curating Fashion in a Globalized World: A New Dialogue
                         Neil Wu
                         Emerging independent scholar and fashion historian

2:30 – 3:00       Keynote Speech: Devising Imperial Wardrobe: An Exercise in Qing Dynasty Statecraft
                         John E. Vollmer
                         Independent scholar, curator, and cultural consultant

3:00 – 3:20      The Cheongsam: Modernity, Imaginary and Nation
                         Dr. Hazel Clark
                         Research chair of Fashion, Parsons School of Design, The New School, and author of The Cheongsam (Images of Asia)

3:20 – 3:40      A Simple Sash from the Southern Islands of Okinawa: Identity and Resistance in Yaeyama
                        Dr. Amanda Mayer Stinchecum
                        Research Fellow, Institute of Okinawan Studies

3:40 – 4:00     The Global Popularity of Japanese Lolita Fashion: An Alternative Definition of Female Beauty
                        Dr. Yuniya Kawamura
                        Professor of Sociology, Fashion Institute of Technology

4:00 – 4:30      Q&A Session 

4:30 – 5:30      Closing Reception
                        5th floor

This event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required.
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