Harnessing uncertainty: social, cultural and economic capital in fashion

Event Date: 
Thu, 10/03/2016 - 09:30
James Watt Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt University
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You are invited to a conference this spring, organised by Heriot-Watt University and the University of Leeds on behalf of The Enterprise of Culture: International Structures and Connections in the Fashion Industry.

Harnessing uncertainty: social, cultural and economic capital in fashion will take you on a journey through contemporary fashion.

As the world continues to become more and more uncertain with questions relating to technological advances and environmental concerns so, too, does the fashion industry.

The fashion industry grapples with reinterpreting traditional ideas relating to national, cultural and gender identities. It attempts to address the impact the fashion system has on the planet on an environmental and human level. Vast technological shifts alter the way we expect to engage with fashion and the way fashion attempts to engage with us. In an ever-changing world, we see fashion as a cultural phenomenon, attending to new challenges and reconciling its responsibility over trends such as fast fashion.

This one-day conference will examine the current state of fashion against the backdrop of an uncertain world. It will consider some of the ways in which fashion attempts to address global concerns rather than being part of the cause.

Harnessing uncertainty: social, cultural and economic capital in fashion will provide a platform for speakers and delegates to question assumptions about the contemporary fashion industry and to scrutinise the place of fashion amidst some of the dominant global issues of today.

Speakers from the UK, USA and the Netherlands will discuss topics such as sustainability, Chinese identity and fashion, fashion blogging as labour and leisure, new perspectives on the suit, challenges and opportunities facing fashion designers, the European fashion business since 1945, and conscientious fashion.

A round-table will consider conference themes in more depth and will open the floor for debate.

Open to anyone with an interest in the business history of fashion, this event will bring together academics, fashion industry practitioners, professionals, students, archivists, museum curators and wider public audiences. It is free to attend but registration is required as places are limited. Please book your place here.

The conference begins with registration and refreshments from 9.30am, with the sessions starting at 10.00am. Lunch will be provided. The event ends with a drinks reception from 5.00 to 6.00pm.

For more details, see the project website www.enterpriseofculture.leeds.ac.uk or email enterpriseofculture@leeds.ac.uk

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