Fashion: History, Theory, Curation and Film
This interdisciplinary group of researchers specialise in twentieth-century and contemporary fashion.
Based in central London, the research group has international links to universities, museums and industry worldwide. Its researchers work on fashion in relation to a wide range of topics including gender, everyday life, gothic studies, literature, performance, queer theory, representation, sexuality and social class. Rooted in the humanities, their work spans social history, gender studies, art, design and film history, curation, and visual, literary and material culture studies.
Their approach to the history and theory of fashion is informed by the art school context in which they work, with its close links to the fashion degree courses at Central Saint Martins on which they teach: the Fashion History and Theory pathway of BA Fashion Communication, and the Fashion Critical Studies pathway of MA Fashion Communication. On the latter, students consider the social, political, cultural and economic role of fashion in its various local and global contexts.
The group welcomes PhD applications on fashion in the following areas: history, theory, curation, photography, film and moving image, literary, material and visual culture.
Research group convenor: Professor Caroline Evans
Recent activities & outputs
- Caroline Evans, article ‘Are Models Too Skinny? The debate fashion has been having since 1900’ Guardian Online, January 2015
- Caroline Evans, Podcast for ‘Silent Partners: Artist and Mannequin, from Function to Fetish’ exhibition, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 2014-15 Musée Bourdelle, Paris, 2015
- Caroline Evans, Guardian Podcast with Reina Lewis on fashion shows and on modest dress13 September 2013
- Fashion in Film Festival season in Miami, 2016
- Guy Bourdin exhibition, Somerset House, 2015
- Fashion in Film: Nick Knight in Conversation, Hackney Picture House, March 2015
- Fashioning Winter: exhibition displays at Somerset House, 2014-2015
- Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! at Somerset House, 2013-2014
- Radical Gestures: designing protest, resistance and refusal, 2013
- Somerset House - Valentino: Master of Couture curated by Alistair O’Neill, 2012-2013
- Fashion at the Association of Art Historians’ Annual Conference, 2012
- Museum of the Moving Image - Fashion in Film Festival: If Looks Could Kill, 2012
- The Ontology of the Fashion Model. Architectural Association, London 2011