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Documenting Fashion

Drawing on itHistory of Dresss strong history in this field, these events bring together students, scholars and interested professionals from The Courtauld and beyond, to discuss dress, fashion and textiles. Focused on new research and innovative ways to analyse dress from a wide range of perspectives.

Events are focused on three key strands:

  • Addressing Images: a brown bag session each term that encourages open discussion on the significance of dress in a specific image.
  • Dress Talks a regular lunchtime talk and discussion where an invited speaker outlines an aspect of their current research.
  • Annual Conference, a focal point for the year’s events and a way to unite scholars from a wide range of disciplines to consider a particular theme that is pertinent to current dress and fashion studies.
    Previous subjects have included: Documenting Fashion: Re-thinking the Experience and Representation of Dress in 2014, Women Make Fashion/Fashion Makes Women in 2015, and the forthcoming conference, Posing the Body: Stillness, Movement, and Representation.

We are active on digital media and many of our events are covered on our blog Documenting Fashion and you can also follow us on Instagram: @documentingfashion_courtauld

Fashion Research NetworkWe are also affiliated with the Fashion Research Network – co-founded by Katerina Pantelides and Alexis Romano, both recent Courtauld doctoral students, and Nathaniel Daffyd Beard and Ellen Sampson of the RCA.  This organisation promotes the work of PhD and  early career scholars in the field through its events and publications.

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