Fashion Studies Today: History, Theory and Practice
An International and Multidisciplinary Conference
May 4 and 5, 2012
Fashion is an economic force, a culture industry and a powerful way to convey identity, politics, status, and personality. A thorough study of the history of fashion in its symbolic, creative and coercive faces shows how it has been crucial in the construction of national identities and the remapping of the world economy – from present-day examples in China, India and Brazil to past epochs including the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
This conference brought together practitioners of fashion, journalists, filmmakers and international scholars from a wide span of disciplines, institutions, universities, design schools and museums to investigate the growing field of fashion studies. The aim of the conference was to rethink the traditional organization of the social sciences and the humanities to include the impact of the study of fashion. Papers and discussions drew on a wide range of approaches, from history to art, sociology, film studies, visual culture, gender studies, literature and critical theory.
Friday, May 4th: 9:30-6:30
Room 9205 at The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue
Welcome and opening remarks – Eugenia Paulicelli
Moderator: Deirdre Farabaugh
Louise Wallenberg & Torkild Thanem
Moderator: Kim Hartswick
Paul Julian Smith
Moderator: Dicky Yangzom
Thuy Linh Tu
Round Table – Fashion: Craft in the Digital Age
Moderator: Michael Skafidas
Anna Akbari, Bruce Boyer, Rhonda Erb, Leonard Logsdal, Fr. Andrew More O’Connor, Vicki Vasilopoulos
Discussant: Sharon Zukin and others
Saturday, May 5th: 9:30- 5:30
NYU, Department of Art and Art Professions,
34 Stuyvesant Street, Einstein Auditorium, First floor
Welcome and opening remarks – Nancy Deihl
Moderator: Christina Marie Karr
Moderator: Katy Werlin
Moderator: Ilana Winter
Round Table – Alternative Pedagogies
Moderator: Liz Way
Nancy Deihl, Michele Majer, Minh-Ha Pham & Carmela Spinelli
Closing Reception – 34 Stuyvesant Street
Contact Jazlyn Dow at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Organized jointly by Fashion Studies at the CUNY Graduate center and The Costume Studies Program at NYUSteinhardt, along with the Department of Media Culture and Communication.
Co-sponsored by the CUNY Baccalaureate
University of Stockholm, Sweden (Center for Fashion Studies)
London College of Fashion
With generous support from the Steinhardt Global Integration Fund, NYUSteinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and the Department of Art and Art Professions.