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Fashion Film: The Grain of the Past in the Present. A lecture by Caroline Evans

Public program for The Fabric of Felicity
19 January 2019


Professor of Fashion History and Theory Caroline Evans will talk about fashion films—a genre of video documentation that has become an essential part of the contemporary fashion industry.

The talk will look at some historical antecedents for fashion film today, and rebuts the idea that fashion film is purely the product of the digital age. Drawing on methods from media archaeology, it looks at a range of old and new fashion film to think how fashion history is a multi-layered construction in which past and present are interwoven in what Michel Foucault called "a history of the present". The talk is drawn from Caroline’s current collaborative research project "Archaeology of Fashion Film". The project is based at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London) in collaboration with Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton).



Caroline Evans is Professor of Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. She is the author of The Mechanical Smile: Modernism and the First Fashion Shows in France and America, 1900-1929 (2013) and Fashion at the Edge: Spectacle, Modernity, and Deathliness (2003), among many other publications. Current research projects attend to the idea of "fashion gesture"; a media archaeological approach to fashion history via film; and an exploration of the relations between technologies of the body and of pattern-cutting.


Free admission with advance registration.

The lecture will be held in English with translation into Russian.


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