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2016 Symposium: Fashion And the Body

 

April 29-30, 2016

University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

“Fashion is about bodies; it is produced, promoted and worn by bodies. It is the body that fashion speaks to and it is the body that must be addressed in almost all social encounters”   (Entwistle, 2000, p. 1).

 

For the fifth annual “Fashion And…” symposium will focus on THE BODY. You are invited to share research findings, innovative teaching strategies, and designs that explore and investigate issues related to fashion and the body.

 

Submissions are welcome from divergent fields such as architecture, anthropology, cultural studies, history, interior design, graphic design, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies among others to examine interconnections and intersections between fashion and the Body.

 

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Friday Evening

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Susan Sokolowski

Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Sports Product Institute

University of Oregon

Former Innovation Director at Nike

“Fashioning the Athletic Body”

 

Saturday Sessions: plenary session, research and teaching reporting sessions, design presentations and discussions, visit the Goldstein Museum of Design, and social time to informally meet and share ideas with other attendees

 

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We provide opportunities to share research findings, innovative teaching strategies, and designs that explore and investigate issues related to fashion and the body. Fashion is produced by a multitude of bodies operating across a range of sites. From the people who design fashion, to those who produce it, to those who retail it, to the ultimate consumers, the fashion-body interface is everywhere and consideration of the body is on-going. 

 

As fashion is inescapably tied to the body, the 2016 symposium offers the opportunity to examine the complexities of this inexorable relationship. As we fashion our bodies and our appearances through-out life, so we communicate our adherence to cultural norms and societal expectations for body shape and size. Thus, the body can be viewed as the result of fashion. It is not only body supplements (e.g., clothing, accessories) that are the focus of scholarly attention but also countless modifications and body alterations (e.g., tattooing, piercings) that are practiced and imbued with meaning. Questions addressed can include how modifications are done in addition to why, when, where, and with what purposes. Additional questions include presentations of the body and how they are used to market and sell along with the importance of body image and satisfaction to daily behaviors.

 

The symposium has an inclusive definition of the term "fashion". While fashion is often understood to center on apparel choices, fashion can be recognized as the current style or way of behaving in any field. Thus, proposals are welcome from divergent fields such as architecture, anthropology, cultural studies, history, interior design, graphic design, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies among others to examine interconnections and intersections between fashion and body.

 

Through a series of scholarly presentations, panel discussions, and design presentations by academics, researchers, graduate students, undergraduates, the symposium participants will explore, define, and document the interconnections between fashion and the body. 

 

 Symposium Participation:

You are invited to participate in this symposium by submitting a written abstract detailing research, an abstract of innovative teaching strategy, a design, or a proposal for a panel of speakers addressing some aspect of fashion and the body.. The official conference language is English. All accepted abstract submissions will be published in the conference proceedings.

Symposium formats include poster sessions, design work, concurrent design/research/teaching presentations [15 - 20 minutes], and panel sessions [60 minutes]. Panel or collaborative presentations are encouraged.


Important dates:

February 12, 2016: Registration opens

February 29, 2016: Copyright forms due to klabat@umn.edu

March 1, 2016: Draft of symposium program posted on symposium website (design.umn.edu)

April 1, 2016: Early bird registration ends

April 15, 2016: Online registration closes

April 18, 2016: Hotel room reservations due [unreserved rooms released]

April 29-30, 2016: Symposium (on site registration cash or check only)

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Fashion and body image
  • Fashion and the ageing body
  • Fashion and well-being (health)
  • Fashion’s impact on the body (health, well-being)
  • The use of the body to market fashion
  • Producing fashion: Its impact on the body (e.g., health in the fashion workplace)
  • Fashion and body art
  • Links between architecture and the body
  • The body as graphic canvas
  • Fashion, technology, and the body
  • Fashion photography and the body
  • Undressing the body
  • Historical views on fashion and the body
  • Functional design
  • Modesty and the body
  • Consumption and the body
  • Fat talk and consumption
  • Ideal bodies and fashion
  • Fitness and fashion
  • Fashion’s representation of the body
  • Body modifications
  • Fashion and protecting the body

 

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Related Links

 

FINAL PROCEEDINGS (PDF)

 


Co-chairs

Karen LaBat

Brad Hokanson

Kathy Reiley

 

 

 

 

 


Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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