8th Jul 2015 - 10th Jul 2015
Sallis Benney Theatre
Representing fashion and clothing in word and image
3-day international conference at the University of Brighton
Since 1990, a critical body of work by scholars in Britain, Europe and America, including Jane Gaines, Caroline Evans and Clair Hughes, has underscored the key role that verbal and visual representations of fashion and clothing have in understanding issues such as period style, taste and human identities. Building on their achievement, this event will foreground international cutting-edge research in what Roland Barthes terms ‘l’écriture’, that is the ways that fashion and dress are mediated and translated into word and image in literature, journalism, memoirs and correspondence, photography, illustration, film, television, advertising, music video, and online through websites and blogs.
Professor Caroline Evans, Central St Martins, UAL, author of The Mechanical Smile: Modernism and the First Fashion Shows in France and America, 1900-1929 (Yale UP, 2013)
Photography and the workplace of couture in the House of Worth, November 1927
Professor Stephen Matterson, Trinity College Dublin, author of Melville, Fashioning in Modernity (Bloomsbury 2014)
From Text to Textiles: Shuttling between Roth and Melville
Dr Agnes Rocamora, London College of Fashion, UAL, author of Fashioning the city: Paris, fashion and the media (IB Tauris 2009)
Dr Jonathan Faiers, University of Southampton, author of Dressing Dangerously: Dysfunctional fashion in film (Yale UP, 2013). Fashion and film.