FRN X Somerset House

Dr Francesca Granata on Experimental Fashion

Thursday 6th April 2017

experimental fashion

Special guest talk by Dr. Francesca Granata on Experimental Fashion. Francesca joins us direct from New York for this talk co-organized with Somerset House and coincides with the publication of her book: Experimental Fashion: Performance Art, Carnival, and the Grotesque Body. Join us after the talk for further discussion and networking with Francesca over a glass of wine in the Somerset House Bookshop.

Date: Thursday 6th April 2017
Venue: Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA, UK
Nearest Tube: Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District) or Temple (Circle, District)
Price: £5.00 (includes complimentary glass of wine during post-talk networking)

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Experimental Fashion traces the proliferation of the grotesque and carnivalesque within contemporary fashion and the close relation between fashion and performance art, from Lady Gaga’s raw meat dress to Leigh Bowery’s performance style. The book examines the designers and performance artists at the turn of the twenty-first century whose work challenges established codes of what represents the fashionable body.

These innovative people, the book argues, make their challenges through dynamic strategies of parody, humour and inversion. It explores the experimental work of modern designers such as Georgina Godley, Bernhard Wilhelm, Rei Kawakubo and fashion designer, performance artist, and club figure Leigh Bowery. It also discusses the increased centrality of experimental fashion through the pop phenomenon, Lady Gaga.

Dr Francesca Granata is Director of the MA Fashion Studies and Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons The New School of Design. Her research centres on 20th-century and contemporary visual and material culture with a particular focus on fashion history and theory, gender and performance studies.

She is the editor and founder of the non-profit journal Fashion Projects and has been invited to lecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, IUAV Venezia, the Benaki Museum, Athens and Cornell University. She has published in the journals Fashion Theory, The Journal of Design History and Fashion Practice as well as in a number of book collections and exhibition catalogues.

This event is an FRN X Somerset House collaboration, with support from I.B. Tauris Ltd. and Parsons The New School for Design.







Event – FRN X Somerset House, Dr Francesca Granata on Experimental Fashion, 6th April 2017

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