Friday 26 May | 3.30pm–5pm
Discover how fashion influences and is shaped by everyday life at this insightful talk to celebrate the opening of The World of Anna Sui exhibition.
Fast-paced, historically fascinating and accessible, ‘Fashion and Everyday Life’ is an unmissable event for everyone who believes fashion is the very essence of daily living. From working, walking, shopping and dancing to clubbing and blogging, fashionable dress has played a part in the making of self and identity for over 100 years. Long before the rise of high-street fast fashion outlets, people of modest means embraced fashion in their everyday routines. Exploring the period from 1890 to 2010 in two global cities, authors Hazel Clark and Cheryl Buckley reveal fashion as both routine and exceptional, and as an increasingly significant part of urban life. Bringing together a cross-section of fashionable clothing in London and New York, with accounts of the complexity of women’s lives during the twentieth century, the authors trace the creative use of dress across the dividing lines of age, gender, race and social class. They highlight the role of place and space on how people have interpreted ‘high’ and ‘low’ trends, as well as the importance of fashion to express marginalized identities.
Essential analysis for anyone researching, working, or studying in the field of fashion or dress design and history, this talk will inspire practitioners and academic students alike. The talk starts at 3.30pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including the chance to ask questions at the end and including entry to the exhibition The World of Anna Sui. It is followed by a book signing in the Museum foyer.
Hazel Clark is Professor of Design Studies and Fashion Studies, and Research Chair of Fashion at Parsons School of Design, New York, USA. Her books include the co-edited Old Clothes, New Looks (Berg, 2005) and Design Studies: A Reader (Berg, 2009).
Cheryl Buckley is Professor of Fashion and Design History at the University of Brighton, UK. Her books include Designing Modern Britain (2007), the co-authored Fashioning the Feminine: Representation and Women’s Fashion from the Fin de Siècle to the Present (2002), and Potters and Paintresses: Women Designers in the Pottery Industry, 1870-1955 (1990).
*Free talk with exhibition entry, followed by a book signing.
Limited places and advance booking is recommended.
Exhibition tickets: £9.90 adults* / £7.70 concessions* / £6 students
*Includes 10% gift aid
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