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Dr Elizabeth Kutesko

Associate Lecturer

Dr Elizabeth Kutesko has recently completed an AHRC funded PhD in the History of Dress department at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, which examined the representation of Brazilian dress in National Geographic magazine. She has published an article based upon this research, entitled ‘Globalization and the representation of Brazilian dress in National Geographic since 1988’, in the February 2016 Brazilian Fashion special edition of Fashion Theory: the journal of dress, body and culture. She has also published articles on Brazilian Women’s Lycra Fashions (2015), Brazilian Fashion Designers (2014), Moroccan Women’s Dress (2013) and Moroccan Fashion Designers (2013) in the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, and on the photographic representation of the Congolese Sapeurs and their cross-cultural engagements with fashion (2013) in Immediations: the annual peer reviewed journal of the Courtauld Institute of Art. She is currently a visiting lecturer at the Courtauld, and has collaborated with Dr Rebecca Arnold to create an undergraduate course on fashion photography, which situates the genre in a global context over the last one hundred years. She is  preparing a course on the global history of fashion for the University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, and is a frequent contributor to Documenting Fashion: A Dress History Blog (http://blog.courtauld.ac.uk/documentingfashion/) and the collaborative Instagram account @documentingfashion_courtauld. Her interdisciplinary research interests encompass dress and fashion, photography, film, literature, print and digital media, anthropology, design history, visual culture, the senses, globalisation, postcolonial studies and Brazilian studies.

Education

  • Courtauld Institute of Art:
    MA in History of Dress (Distinction). Special option: Dress, Body, Space and Modernity: Fashion in the City, 1919-1939. Title of thesis: ‘Representations of Moroccan women’s dress in National Geographic, 1912-2012′ (86%) The Courtauld Prize for the best MA dissertation on any subject in any period 2012
    BA in History of Art (2.1). Title of thesis: ‘The American and British reception and representation of Japanese Fashion Designers in the early 1980s’ (80%) The Dean’s Prize for an outstanding third-year BA essay 2011

Teaching

  • BA3 course ‘Fashion and Photography: viewing and reviewing global images of dress over the last one hundred years’, co-taught with Dr Rebecca Arnold, Courtauld Institute of Art, Autumn Term 2014
  • ‘Fashion and Theories of the Body’, Seminar given at Art History Summer University, Courtauld Institute of Art, 8-11 July 2014.
  • Visiting Lecturer, BA3 course Fashion: Media and Marketing at University of Winchester, November 2013-December 2013
  • Dissertation Supervisor for BA3 Fashion Atelier students at University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, October 2013-present
  • Private tuition of texts covered in BA2 Texts and Contexts course: Re-presenting the Past: Uses of History in Dress, Fashion and Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, January-April 2013.

Research interests

  • photography
  • dress
  • fashion
  • Brazil
  • National Geographic
  • globalization

Conference papers and lectures

  • A Case Study: the representation of the Urueu-wau-wau in National Geographic in 1988, Video Recording for the Universidade Federal de Goias UFG, Brasil, July 17 2014
  • ‘Communication through Cloth: Globalization and the representation of Brazilian dress in National Geographic since 1988’,  Teatro do Centro Cultural da UFG – CCUFG, Praça Universitária, Goiânia-GO, Brasil, 9 April 2014, 2pm-6pm
  • ‘Fashioning the Other: the representation of Brazilian dress in National Geographic, 1888-1988‘, paper given at the second edition of the Non-Western Fashion Conference, London College of Fashion, 21st-22nd November 2013
  • ‘A Series of Snapshots: the first hundred years of Brazilian dress in National Geographic (work in progress)’, paper given at the Courtauld Institute of Art, 21st October 2013
  • ‘Representations of Brazilian Women’s Dress in National Geographic, 1888-1988′ paper given at the 5th Global Fashion Conference, Oxford University,  9-12th September 2013
  • ‘Representations of Brazilian Women’s Dress in National Geographic, 1888-1988′, paper given at Cultural Encounters conference, Warwick University, 31st May-1st June 2013

Recent publications

  • ‘Fashioning Brazil: globalization and the representation of Braizlian dress in National Geographic since 1988’, to be included in special Brazil issue of Fashion Theory: the journal of dress, body and culture, (in preparation)
  • ‘21st Century Brazilian Women’s Lycra Clothing’, to be included in Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion and published on the online resource Berg Fashion Library, (forthcoming)
  • Adidas Shows the Changing Face of Brazil with Tropical Collection, The Conversation
  • ‘Brazilian Fashion Designers’, included in Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion and published on the online resource Berg Fashion Library, September 2014
  • ‘Problems and Tensions in the Representation of the Sapeurs, as demonstrated in the work of two 21st century photographers, article in 2013 edition of Immediations 
  • ‘Moroccan Fashion Designers’ and ’21st Century Moroccan Women’s Dress’, two articles included in Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion and published on the online resource Berg Fashion Library, October 2013

Reviews

Training

Co-editor (January – December 2014) Courtauld blog, ‘Documenting Fashion: A History of Dress Blog’

Short Courses Assistant in Public Programmes Department, overseeing the running of the Spring and Summer Schools, June 2013-present

Projectionist, Courtauld Slide Library, November 2010-present

Conferences

  • (co-organised with Dr Rebecca Arnold and Lucy Moyse) Women Make Fashion/Fashion Makes Women: A Conference Celebrating 50 Years of Dress History at The Courtauld, Courtauld Institute of Art, (16 May 2015)

Research Assistantship

  • Dr Rebecca Arnold, forthcoming publication, Documenting Modernity: Fashion, Film and Image in America, 1920-1945, June-August 2012

 

Internships

  • Student Fashion Advisor and intern on the Fashion Photography Archive, Berg Fashion Library, June 2012

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