Documenting Modernity: Fashion, Film and

Image in America and Europe, 1920-1945

Spring 2014 Friends Lecture Series, Courtauld Institute of Art

The Spring 2014 Friends Lecture Series is prompted by the range of visual materials explored in the Andrew W Mellon Foundation MA Documenting Fashion: Modernity, Film and Image in Europe and America, 1920-45 led by Dr Rebecca Arnold and Dr Heather Norris Nicholson. As such it brings together leading scholars in the fields of dress and film studies to consider the ways fashion, non-fiction film and documentary images can reveal new ways to understand dress, style and visual culture.

Lectures are free and open to all, and will be held at:

17.30 in the Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

Tuesday, 14 January

Dr Charles Tepperman (Assistant Professor of Film Studies, University of Calgary)

“We Are All Artists”: Amateur Film, Fashion, and the Art of the Everyday


Tuesday, 28 January

Bryony Dixon (Curator of Silent Film, BFI National Archive)

Surveying the Screen: Fashion and Film 1896 to 1929


Tuesday, 11 February

Dr Heather Norris Nicholson (Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Visual and Oral History Research University of Huddersfield; and Andrew W Mellon Foundation /Research Forum Mellon MA Visiting Scholar, The Courtauld)

An ‘Untapped Goldmine for the Dress Historian’: Amateur Film as Visual Heritage and Assessing the Excavation Potential


Tuesday, 11 March

Professor Carol Tulloch (Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London)

The Quintessential Billie Holiday


Organised by Dr Rebecca Arnold

Supported by Friends of The Courtauld


Documenting Modernity: Fashion, Film and Image in America & Europe, 1920 – 1945

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