FASHION & FILM
The Journal of Dress History, Volume 3, Issue 3, Autumn, 2019
Book review: ‘La Parisienne in Cinema: Between Art and Life’ by Felicity Chaplin,
Who or what is la Parisienne? In answering this question, Felicity Chaplin explores the theme of the Parisienne type on film, discussing how cinema has attempted to capture visually her essence.
Synonymous with fashion since her inception, the Parisienne is a fascinating key figure of French modernity, one who never resembles herself. She is associated with elegance, seduction, sophistication and mystery, but also with consumerism, ambiguity, sexuality and danger. “Chic, sophisticated, seductive and enigmatic, the Parisienne possesses a je ne sais quoi which makes her difficult to define’’ (back cover). She belongs to a world apart, without being confined geographically to Paris, as her global identity is not necessarily linked to her nationality.
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Sewing Reality: Fashion in Non-Fiction Media
9th June 2018
University of Bedfordshire, Luton Campus, UK
Keynote Speaker: Pamela Church-Gibson, Reader in Cultural and Historical Studies at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, UK
University of Bedfordshire, Luton Campus, UK
As two distinct art forms, fashion and film have flirted with each other in symbiotic relationships since the dawn of the medium: from British and American actualities showing current high-street fashion, to French newsreels capturing fashion shows. The synergy has been mutually influential also as far as other media are concerned, with pop stars and television dramas inspiring catwalks and collections. While the literature on film and fashion is quickly growing, this interest has primarily focused on fiction and includes, among others, works on the construction of femininity and masculinity through costumes, the definition of national identities through cinematic clothing, and the haptic pleasure of fashion in film. Non-fiction material remains an understudied source, with only a few scholarly works shedding some light on early cinema’s attention to the fashion world, still and moving images in fashion archives, celebrity and fashion, but also make-up culture and TV entertainment, the relationship between austerity and sewing/knitting programs, and the political potential of fashion documentaries.
This interdisciplinary symposium wants to fill this vacuum and excavate and reassess the role of non-fiction media in shaping our understanding of fashion across multiple platforms and different national contexts. The event aims to create an open space for dialogue between fashion and documentary studies, drawing from different methodologies and approaches: media and cultural studies, ethnography, audience research, marketing and public relations.
Sewing Reality aims to discuss the interconnection between fashion and media industries, the audiences of factual moving images about fashion, as well as the past, the present and the future of fashion documentaries.
CINEMA.MODA Il cinema e la moda tra filmico e sociale, Mariaemanuela Messina, A. Sacco Editore, Roma, 2011
La presenza del passato nel presente della moda
Spazio Zone Moda - Italian Fashion Studies, Bologna University, April, 2013
Tra desiderio di appartenenza e distinzione. Gli abiti teatrali di Liora Lassalle
'80. Trend, corpi, codici di abbigliamento tra le pagine di BLITZ fashion magazine
DIGITAL PUBLICATION - Frizzifrizzi, Giugno, 2013
Photographer: David Hiscock
Model: Scarlet Cannon
Tradizione e Trasgressione. Club to Catwalk
DIGITAL PUBLICATION - Frizzifrizzi, Settembre, 2013
Brooom | Space available to squeeze it in
DIGITAL PUBLICATION - Art & Design
FASHION INDEX - RESEARCH
The Goldsmiths Fashion Research Unit, Goldsmiths University, London, UK, Sept. 2015
THINKING THREAD, Constance Howard Gallery, Deptford Town Hall, Goldsmiths University, London, UK .19 March - 7 May 2015
.Presentation of the video ‘BLACK GARMENTS (2015)
Thinking Threads, presented by The Constance Howard Gallery and the Goldsmiths MA Fashion programme, featured new student works alongside archival pieces from the Goldsmiths Textiles Collection.
Using objects from the collection as a jumping off point, the pieces in Thinking Threads illustrated the diverse and far-reaching research processes and outcomes achieved. Each project critiqued, deconstructed and challenged the intersecting paradigms of fashion, identity, sustainability and materiality. The material and theoretical inquiries conducted through the works on display unfolded into a multitude of different media, including garments, textiles, printed matter, photography, and moving images: embodying physical threads, digital threads and threads on our backs. Viewers were invited to tease out the social, cultural and material threads running throughout this visually rich and engaging exhibition.
PROJECT/EXIBITION - Installation + video 'Black Garments'
'BLACK GARMENTS' is a research video project, that strives to reveal the different meanings of the colour black in fashion and clothing, while arguing that black is the colour of duality and opposition.
Considering fashion theories, different cultures, hybridity and new transcultural forms of Western societies, this video has carved a path among an array of forms of representation, meanings, thoughts, symbols and concepts, in order to understand our ways of being as individuals. It consists of interviews with individuals that use black clothing on their body, as an illustration of disparate opinions and ideas related to the subject.
Exhibited: THINKING THREAD, Constance Howard Gallery, Deptford Town Hall, Goldsmiths University, London, UK .19 March - 17 April 2015 . .Presentation of the video ‘BLACK GARMENTS (2015).
RADIO PROGRAMME - GUEST/ SPEAKER
Book presentation at ‘Le Conseguenze della Moda’ curated by Valeria Oppenheimer, radio programme, Radio RAI, Rome, Italy
Guest / speaker
Credits: Francesca D'Urbano
VIDEO - Object-Portraits
Object-Portraits has been created to accompany Thinking-Threads Exhibition at the Constance Howard Gallery in 2015. Working in a team of five students to imagined what we would like visitors to 'take away" from the exhibition, we decided to introduce ourselves through one of our personal belongings.
About the Exhibition: "Using objects from the collection as a jumping off point, the pieces in Thinking Threads illustrate the diverse and far-reaching research processes and outcomes achieved. Each project critiques, deconstructs and challenges the intersecting paradigms of fashion, identity, sustainability and materiality. The material and theoretical inquiries conducted through the works on display have unfolded into a multitude of different media, including garments, textiles, printed matter, photography, and moving images: embodying physical threads, digital threads and threads on our backs. Viewers are invited to tease out the social, cultural and material threads running throughout this visually rich and engaging exhibition."