Social Hierarchies and Architecture, Design & Fashion

Location: Middlesex University, London, UK

Date: Thursday 28th November 2013

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10.00-10.15 Coffee and registration

10.15 Welcome and introduction to IF
Graeme Brooker, Head of Fashion and Interiors, Middlesex University

10.30 Framing the Day: The last taboo: social class and cultural
Anne Massey, Professor of Design, Middlesex University

10.45 ‘Tropics of Taste: Curating The Silver Studio’
Zoe Hendon, Head of Museum Collections, Museum of Domestic Design &
Architecture (MoDA) Middlesex University

11.15 Class, Modernity and Design in inter-war London
Elizabeth Darling, Reader in Architectural History, Oxford Brookes

11.45 The Forgetting of Arthur Wragg
Damon Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Design, Design Futures, Brighton

12.15 Questions

12.30 Lunch

14.00 ‘Utterly meretricious furniture’ for ‘vulgar people’: The
interwar home and suburban modernity in England
Deborah Sugg Ryan, Associate Professor of History and Theory of Design
Falmouth University

14.30 ‘Dispelling the Myth: the influence of cinema on the fashion of
young working-class women in the 1930′s’

Cheryl Roberts, Senior Lecturer in Fashion History, Middlesex University

15.00 Tea

15.15 ‘ “The Intelligent and Not So Well Informed”: the media, social
class and the cultivation of public audiences for modern architecture’
Jessica Kelly, Lecturer in Critical and Theoretical Studies at
University for the Creative Arts

16.15 ‘Coals in the Bath: Taste, Anxiety and the Dirty Aesthetics of
the Working Class Home’

Christine Atha, Tutor in Department of Critical and Historical Studies,

16.45 Questions

17.00 Closing Remarks
Dana Arnold, Professor of Architectural History and Theory, Middlesex

17.30 Book Launch, The Grove, Middlesex University
Graeme Brooker, Key Interiors, IB Tauris and Anne Massey, Out of the
Ivory Tower: The Independent Group and Popular Culture

Fashioning Taste 28th November 2013

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