Fashion Interpretations: Dress, Medium & Meaning Symposium

Fashion Interpretations Symposium Part V

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 V: Roundtable: Archivist Addendum, Friday 4th December, 7pm – 8pm 

> so there is no point in doing normal fashion shoots with models 

> because i don’t find any of this normal 

> make people feel uncomfortable because they spend too little time thinking and are unaware of so many things. take away the whirlwind and emptiness and replace it with something solid. something so big that they can’t look past it or around it’s sides. someting so quiet they can hear the air and their own breath and heartbeat. 

  Email to myself, Jane Howard, Tue, 7 Oct 2003 13:38:49  

Founded in 2020 by Jane Howard and Dal Chodha, Archivist Addendum is a publishing project free from the confines of a bound periodical. With it, the duo hopes to renew – and pull apart – the museological concern of what the uses of the archive might be.   

This roundtable discussion with members of the networking project will address the dilemma of contemporary fashion publishing and the practice of sharing academic research.  

Non-seasonal and multi-format, the inaugural issue of Archivist Addendum occupies the nascent space between standardised fashion editorial and arcane academe. Each project is contained within it as if a fragment of a conference that might have never happened. 

London-based writer Dal Chodha is editor of Archivist Addendum. He contributes to various international fashion titles including Modern Matter, AnOther and Wallpaper* for which he reports on the menswear shows twice a year. He has worked on projects with brands including Burberry, MARIOTESTINO+, Kenzo, Paul Smith and Sunspel as well as The British Council. For more than a decade, he has shaped the curriculum at leading universities as Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in fashion communication. 

@dalchodha / 

After graduating with BA (Hons) in Fashion Design in 2000, Jane Howard worked in the studio of Hussein Chalayan and alongside curator and exhibition maker Judith Clark. She went on to become first assistant to David Bradshaw – then Creative Director of Prada and Miu Miu – followed by two years with Katie Grand at POP magazine and Louis Vuitton. She was made Senior Fashion Editor at POP in 2006, a position she held for a year. In 2012 Howard co-founded the non-seasonal fashion journal Archivist. To date Archivist has published four journals collaborating with Chloé, Hussein Chalayan, Shirin Guild, Shelley Fox, Christopher Raeburn and Comme des Garçons. The title was shortlisted for an award at the Design Museum’s Design of the Year 2015. Howard is now launching Archivist Addendum and interested in exploring projects that are free from the confines of a bound publication: ‘I want to continue to bridge the gap between contemporary editorial and academia.’ 

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4 Dec 2020