Fashion Interpretations: Dress, Medium & Meaning Symposium

Fashion Interpretations Symposium Part III

Speakers: Leanne Shapton (Author) and Judith Clark (London College of Fashion)

This symposium takes place online across five nights, showcasing the work of participants in The Courtauld/London College of Fashion AHRC-funded Fashion Interpretations: Dress, Medium & Meaning networking project led by Rebecca Arnold and Judith Clark.   

Each evening, we will present aspects of our individual and joint research into fashion and medium, exploring specific case studies from our perspectives as dress and film historians, artists, writers and illustrators, stylists and journalists.  

We are an international, interdisciplinary network focused on the ways modern and contemporary fashion is continually reinterpreted through varied mediums, seeking to gain insight into the ways representational modes translate and reconfigure the meaning of fashion itself.  

This symposium is the culmination of a year-long research initiative and also marks the launch of Archivist Addendum – a publishing project exploring the nascent space between standardised fashion editorial and academic research.   

Part III: Leanne Shapton /Judith Clark – Wednesday 2nd December, 7pm – 8pm

Leanne Shapton is a Canadian author, artist and publisher. Shapton’s Swimming Studies won the 2012 National Book Critic’s Circle Award for autobiography. She is a co-editor, with Sheila Heti and Heidi Julavits, of the best selling Women In Clothes. Her most recent book, Guestbook is a collection of image-based stories. Shapton lives in New York city with her daughter.

Judith Clark is a curator and exhibition-maker. She is Professor of Fashion & Museology at London College of Fashion; she is also the Co-Investigator for the Fashion Interpretations project.

For the Fashion Interpretations project, Judith is considering attributes as a bridge between word and image in the work of Stephanie, Madame de Genlis and her use of attributes as a teaching tool for children. This research speculates on use of attributes in fashion exhibition-making. 


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7:00pm, 2 Dec 2020