Fashion Utopias: Then & Now

Friday, 19 February 2016

13.30-17.30
The Screening Room
£10.00 / £8.00 concessions

A symposium in partnership with the Courtauld Institute of Art History of Dress Research Department exploring the philosophical, political, social and cultural implications of fashion and utopianism. Researchers from the Courtauld Institute will present papers looking at Utopia in a historical context with responses from contemporary curators and designers. Topics include: the body,  democracy and dictatorship, the fashion image and surrealism.

Session 1: Fashion and violence
Marian Pastor Roces: Utopia and Dystopia in contemporary Filipino fashion
Lucy Moyse: Surrealist Utopia in interwar-period Paris fashion

Session 2: The Fashion Image
Alexis Romano: Utopian Fashion in 1950-60s Paris
Tory Turk: Finding Utopia in Fashion Magazines

Refreshments

Session 3: Utopian Fashion & Politics
Liz Kutsko: Post-dictatorship Utopian fashion in 1980-90’s Brazil
Pavel Ivancic: Being a fashion designer in Post-Soviet Czech Republic

Session 4: The Body
Katerina Pantelides: The Utopian Dancer's Body in 1940s New York Fashion
Flora Miranda: The Disintegration of the Body in the Digital Age

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This talk is part of
Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility



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