Reading Fashion Magazines: celebrating The Courtauld’s History of Dress Journals Archive - The Courtauld Institute of Art

Reading Fashion Magazines: celebrating The Courtauld’s History of Dress Journals Archive

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Reading Fashion Magazines: celebrating The Courtauld’s History of Dress Journals Archive

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London

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Speakers include

Organised by

  • Dr Elizabeth Kutesko: The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Dr Rebecca Arnold: The Courtauld Institute of Art
£16 general admission / £11 students and concessions (over 60)

and limited free places available for Courtauld students.

In celebration of The Courtauld’s recently catalogued History of Dress journals archive, this one-day symposium examines how the fashion magazine has constructed and circulated social, cultural and political ideas concerning dress, body and identity.  In opening up the collection, we will examine fashion magazines more broadly as documents of the time in which they were produced, reflecting changing tastes and attitudes as well as social and technological developments. We will explore how the fashion magazine has been consumed by readers, whether glanced through or thoroughly read from cover to cover, and consider the sensory connections to be made between looking, seeing, being, feeling and wearing. Speakers will consider these overlapping themes from the interdisciplinary perspectives of design history, fashion studies, visual culture, sociology, and those working professionally within the field. The day will include a viewing session of some earlier examples from our collection as well as an opportunity to see a fashion magazine display curated in collaboration with History of Dress MA students. This symposium will provide the opportunity to question changes in the way that dress has been documented, worn and consumed throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as to study the fashion magazine as image, object, text and idea intertwined.

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