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Fashion, Anxiety and Society: Gender
Thursday, September 19, 2019
6:30–8 pm

Bard Graduate Center Lecture Hall, 38 West 86 Street
Adults $8; Seniors/Students $5; Free for Members

Fashion, Anxiety, and Society is a conversation series curated by Kristen J. Owens. Organized in conjunction with Bard Graduate Center Gallery’s fall exhibition, French Fashion, Women, and the First World War, these monthly conversations explore contemporary questions of gender, labor, justice, and subversion as they relate to fashion. This conversation features Margaret H. Darrow and Kate Strasdin, moderated by April Calahan and Cassidy Zachary, creators of Dressed: The History of Fashion podcast.

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Other Conversations in This Series
Fashion, Anxiety and Society: Labor
With Marissa Nuncio, Minh-Ha T. Pham, and Elizabeth Wissinger; conversation curated and
moderated by Sara Ziff
Thursday, October 24, 2019, 6:30–8 pm

Fashion, Anxiety and Society: Justice
With Rikki Byrd, Rhea Combs, and Tanisha C. Ford
Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6:30–8 pm

Fashion, Anxiety and Society: Subversion
With Lucia Cuba, Fawn Krieger, and Otto von Busch
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6:30–8 pm

Meet the Speakers
Margaret Darrow is a modern European historian specializing in French social and women’s history. Recently her work has focused on women and war—specifically French women in the Franco-Prussian War and the First World War.

Kate Strasdin is a senior lecturer in cultural studies at Falmouth University in the South West of the UK and a specialist visiting lecturer at the DeTao Masters Academy in Shanghai. Her research centers on the dress practices of women in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, diverse figures ranging from early women mountaineers to Queen Alexandra.

Meet the Moderators
April Calahan is a special collections curator at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she also serves as instructor in the History of Art Department. She has lectured on the history of fashion at the Dallas Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Parsons School of Design, and Yale University.

Cassidy Zachary is a fashion historian and author who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she also works as a costume designer and supervisor for film and television. She is the co-author of Fashion and the Art of Pochoir (Thames & Hudson, 2015) and a contributing author to numerous publications including the recent The Showgirl Costume(McFarland 2019).

Meet the Curator
Kristen J. Owens is an arts administrator, curator, researcher, and archivist with interests in visual culture, fashion, and African American studies. She works at the intersection of material preservation, information access, and arts education. Owens holds an MA in visual culture: costume studies and an MS in library and information science from New York University’s dual degree program with LIU Palmer. She holds a BA in fashion studies and has returned to her alma mater, Montclair State University, as a lecturer in that subject.



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French Fashion, Women, and the First World War
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