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From Left to Right: Harry B. Lachman. “The Day Off Duty.” Femina, June 1917. © Diktats bookstore. Two women with a soldier wearing the standard-issue military coat designed by Paul Poiret, ca. 1915. Postcard. Private collection. A woman in work clothes, Paris. “The new professions for women since the war,” Excelsior, June 24, 1917. © Excelsior–L’Équipe / Roger-Viollet, RV-72194-51.

This symposium on new research in fashion studies will celebrate the opening of the exhibition French Fashion, Women, and the First World War at Bard Graduate Center (on view September 5, 2019 – January 5, 2020). In honor of the Bard Graduate Center’s mission to bridge the divide between texts and objects, this symposium will invite scholars who think critically about fashion’s materiality to present their latest research. How has the material turn contributed to producing a discursive space where questions about clothing become central? How has the close study of clothing and textiles advanced the discipline of cultural history? Bringing together experts in the fields of history, art history, and ethnography, this symposium aims to show the direction in which the field of fashion studies is advancing today.


1 pm
Peter N. Miller
Bard Graduate Center
Welcome

Nina Stritzler-Levine
Bard Graduate Center Gallery
Remarks

Maude Bass-Krueger and Sophie Kurkdjian
Leiden University and Institut d’Histoire du Temps Présent (IHTP)
Introduction



1:20 pm
Anne Bissonnette
University of Alberta
Studying Fashion, War, and Politics in 1790s France: A Material Culture Perspective



1:45 pm
Peter McNeil
University of Technology Sydney
Appearing and Being: Macaroni Materialities, c. 1760-1780


2:10 pm
Questions and Discussion



2:20 pm
Coffee Break


2:45 pm
Justine De Young
Fashion Institute of Technology
Working Girl: Sex, Fashion, Class, and the Demoiselle de magasin


3:10 pm
Ariane Fennetaux
Université Paris Diderot
The Pocket: A Hidden History of Women’s Lives


3:35
Sylvia Houghteling
Bryn Mawr College
Clothing Materials as Cultural History in Early Modern South Asia


4:00 pm
Questions and Discussion


4:30 pm
Reception


This event will be livestreamed. Please check back the day of the event for a link to the video. To watch videos of past events please visit our YouTube page.