Sophie Kurkdjian will give a Brown Bag Lunch presentation on Thursday, October 17, at 12:15 pm. Her talk is entitled, “From Vogue to French Vogue: Visual Culture and National Identities in the American and French Fashion Press, 1920-1940.”

Focusing on the intersection of press culture and corporate and national identities, this talk will examine the functional collaboration of two magazines within the same publishing house of Condé Nast –Vogue (1892) and French Vogue (1920), using unpublished private archives (Condé Nast Archives). Through an analysis of both magazines’ fashion illustrations, Dr. Kurkdjian will explore the scope and nature of their agreements and divergences in order to understand the way the French Vogue was able to pursue its own format and editorial objectives during the interwar years.

Sophie Kurkdjian is a Research Associate at Institut d’Histoire du Temps Présent (CNRS). She received her PhD from Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne. She co-curated the 2019 exhibition French Fashion, Women, and the First World War at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery.