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This symposium on new research in fashion studies will celebrate the opening of the exhibition French Fashion, Women, and the First World War at Bard Graduate Center (on view September 5, 2019 – January 5, 2020). In honor of the Bard Graduate Center’s mission to bridge the divide between texts and objects, this symposium will invite scholars who think critically about fashion’s materiality to present their latest research. How has the material turn contributed to producing a discursive space where questions about clothing become central? How has the close study of clothing and textiles advanced the discipline of cultural history? Bringing together experts in the fields of history, art history, and ethnography, this symposium aims to show the direction in which the field of fashion studies is advancing today.

Friday, September 13
1–4:30 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall

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1 pm
Peter N. Miller
Bard Graduate Center

Nina Stritzler-Levine
Bard Graduate Center Gallery

Maude Bass-Krueger and Sophie Kurkdjian
Leiden University and Institut d’Histoire du Temps Présent (IHTP)

1:20 pm
Anne Bissonnette
University of Alberta
Studying Fashion, War, and Politics in 1790s France: A Material Culture Perspective

1:45 pm
Peter McNeil
University of Technology Sydney
Appearing and Being: Macaroni Materialities, c. 1760-1780 

2:10 pm
Questions and Discussion

2:20 pm
Coffee Break

2:45 pm
Justine De Young
Fashion Institute of Technology
Working Girl: Sex, Fashion, Class, and the Demoiselle de magasin

3:10 pm
Ariane Fennetaux
Université Paris Diderot
The Pocket: A Hidden History of Women’s Lives 

Sylvia Houghteling
Bryn Mawr College
Clothing Materials as Cultural History in Early Modern South Asia 

4:00 pm
Questions and Discussion

4:30 pm

BGCTV Logo BGCTV This event will be livestreamed. A link to the video will be posted to the event listing the day of the talk.