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The Future of Fashion Studies: A Fashion Network

The Future of Fashion Studies: A Fashion Network

Institute of Advance Study, University of Warwick

Thursday 30 April 2009

This informal meeting is designed to discuss the methodologies and research agendas of the growing area of Fashion Studies and possible future opportunities for collaboration.

Over the last decade Fashion Studies has emerged as an interdisciplinary field of research. It integrates history, film and theatre studies, cultural studies, business studies, curatorship, and sociology and other disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. Notwithstanding its interdisciplinarity, the study of fashion as an academic subject remains weak, particularly in universities.



11.00-11.30 Arrival – Tea and coffee

11.30-13.00. Session 1. Fashion Studies: Europe, North America and Australia. Chair: Stephen Gundle (Warwick)

Elizabeth Wilson (London Metropolitan University), The Evolution of Fashion Studies

Eugenia Paulicelli (Parsons, NY), Fashion Studies: A North American View

Louise Wallenberg (University of Stockholm), Fashion Studies: A Scandinavian Perspective

Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli (University of Bologna), Fashion Studies: Fatto in Italia TBC

Peter McNeil (Stockholm and UTS, Sydney), Fashion Studies: An Australian Tale


13.00-14.00 Lunch


14.00-15.30 Session 2. Fashion Studies: Methodologies and Disciplines. Chair: Alison Clarke (University of Applied Arts, Vienna) TBC

Christopher Breward (V&A), Fashion in the Museum

Judith Clark (V&A), Fashion and Exhibitions TBC

Caroline Evans (University of the Arts London), Fashion and Research

Sylvie Ebel (IFM, Paris), Business and Fashion Studies TBC

Stella Bruzzi (Warwick), Fashion and Film: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Giorgio Riello (Warwick), Fashion in the University


15.30-16.00 Coffee Break


16.00-17.30 Session 3. Fashion Studies: Collaborations and Developments. Chair: Stella Bruzzi and Giorgio Riello (Warwick)

Evelyn Welch (Queen Mary London and AHRC), The Early Modern Dress and Textiles Network

Alistair O’Neill (University of the Arts London) and Shaun Cole (FBMC), Fashion and Modernity: A Project


17.30-18.30 Drinks at  Arden  House Conference Centre followed by dinner.*