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Fashion and Justice Workshop
Saturday, November 9, 2019
9-5:30 pm

Bard Graduate Center Lecture Hall, 38 West 86 Street

Fashion forms part of a society’s rich tapestry and can stimulate awareness of how marginalized and racialized communities understand themselves and their place in the world. Fashion and Justice is a one-day workshop curated by Kim Jenkins and Jonathan Square that examines the role of fashion in contending with and challenging inequality through sartorial ingenuity. The workshop includes analysis of artistic work and projects, partial film screenings, review of related literature, conversations with guest speakers, and a look at how contemporary designers, artists, journalists, curators, photographers, and academics explore fashion’s role with a critical lens. Read an interview with Jenkins and Square in NYLON magazine. *To read the bios of the workshop curators, scroll to the bottom of the email.

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Curator’s Spotlight Tour with Maude Bass-Krueger
October 16, 2019

Join us for a special tour of French Fashion, Women, and the First World War. Curator, Maude Bass-Krueger (BGC PhD ’16), will give you unprecedented access to her thoughts about the intersection of fashion, design, and French culture. Learn about the fashions that defined this pivotal moment in French history, including never-before-seen garments from the archives of major designers such as Jeanne Lanvin and Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel; mourning wear; and clothing worn by nurses, ambulance drivers, and remplaçantes (women who took on jobs previously done by men who were now away at the Front).

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New Perspectives on French Fashion History: Gender and Ready-Made Clothing
October 21, 2019
7-9 pm

New Perspectives on French Fashion History highlights new research by emerging fashion scholars. While the field of dress studies abounds in histories of French fashion, which tend to prioritize haute couture and idealize the production of iconic designers, this session provides an alternate narrative in exploring the development of the French prêt-à-porter (ready-made dress) industry, introducing students to largely unknown designers and other players.

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* Meet the Fashion and Justice Workshop Curators

Kim Jenkins is an educator, researcher, and brand consultant who specializes in the socio-cultural and historical influences behind why we wear what we wear, specifically addressing how politics, psychology, race, and gender shape the way we ‘fashion’ our identity. She is a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute and a part-time lecturer at Parsons where she created the undergraduate course “Fashion and Race,” examining the implications of the social construct of race in fashion history, business, and image-making; she is currently teaching the course “Fashion and Justice.”

Jonathan Square, PhD, is a writer and professor of history at Harvard University, specializing in fashion and visual culture in the African diaspora. He received a PhD in history from New York University, a master’s degree from University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

Meet the Fashion and Justice Speaker

Julin Everett, PhD, is the author of Le Queer Impérial: Male Homoerotic Desire in Francophone Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (Rodopi/Brill, 2018), which considers how interracial homoerotic desire and domination underpin colonial relations. She was the researcher and co-curator for Scene/Unseen (2017) a photographic installation on self-representation within persecuted communities. Dr. Everett is a professor of French at Scripps College.

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French Fashion, Women, and the First World War
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