Fashion & Politics: Historical & Contemporary Perspectives

7th July 2017, RHS East, London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes Street, London, W1G 0BJ

Fashion and Politics - 7th July 2017

Image: Portrait of Luigia Battistotti Sassi, 1848
Copyright: Museo del Risorgimento di Ferrara, Italy


This conference addresses the interaction between fashion and politics as presented in a variety of historical and current formats, from public and personal archives to printed fashion magazines, political dailies and illustrated magazines, feature films, social media and advertising.

Convener: Dr Djurdja Bartlett, LCF, UAL 

Keynote speakers:

Professor Rhonda Garelick, New York University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln: 
Blow-Up: Fashion in the Age of Terrorism

Professor Angela McRobbie, Goldsmiths University of London, UK
The Emerging political economy of fashion: Micro-enterprises in London, Berlin and Milan

Professor Barbara Vinken, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Munich, Germany
Republicanism against Fashion as an Oriental Tyranny in the Heart of the West


Dr Serkan Delice, LCF, UAL
Fashion and its Refugees: production, consumption and subjectivity in the age of neoliberal authoritarianism

Dr Jin Li Lim, Independent Scholar:
Crimes of Fashion: Politics and fashion in China’s Cultural Revolution

Gabi Scardi, Independent Art Curator, Milan, Italy: 
The Uniform, the Subject, the Power

Professor Carlotta Sorba, University of Padova, Italy: 
Revolutionary Fashion: patriotic bodies in 1848 Italy

Dr Vlad Strukov, University of Leeds, UK: 
Streetwear versus Screenwear: Global visibility of Gosha Rubchinskiy’s proletarian styles

Dr Tony Sullivan, LCF, UAL
Brands, Class and Politics

Professor Carol Tulloch, Chelsea, UAL
Style Activism: the making of a political activist self

Dr Jane Tynan, CSM, UAL: 
The popularity of the keffiyeh: when fashion appropriates military objects

Lunch and coffee will be provided on the day. Please note details are subject to change – check back for updates. Please note we are unable to offer refunds for this conference.


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