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Clothing Memories – Seminar and Networking event, University of Westminster

Tuesday 18 June 2019, 16:00-20:00

Clothes are often trivialised but for many they are an important conduit to the past and provide connection with others. From a neuropsychological perspective, personal clothing supports and embodies our memories. It connects us to the past, supports our sense of identity, and unites us with others. People who are displaced from their homes (refugees, people in care, homeless people, prisoners) often lose their personal clothing or find that their clothes and other material possessions are disregarded. We argue that this has real consequences for cognitive and psychological health, as well as negatively impacting their sense of belonging.

Blue X ray image of clothing

Helen Barff ‘Marion’ 2019, cyanotype on fabric,102 x 76 cm

This forum brings together neuropsychologist Professor Catherine Loveday, artist Helen Barff, writer Suzy Joinson, and fashion curator Alison Moloney of the Centre for Fashion Curation to share their work on the importance of clothing as memory scaffolding in vulnerable populations. We will also hear from Tan, who escaped Vietnam 34 years ago on a boat, and arrived in the UK via a refugee camp. He will talk about the importance of clothing for him.

Presentations will be followed by an interdisciplinary panel discussion of speakers: Prof Julie Twigg (Professor of Social Policy at Kent University); Professor Steve Brown (Professor of Social and Organisational Policy at the Open University) and Nasrine Matin (Head of Reducing Reoffending at HMP Downview). The panel will discuss the relevance and impact of clothing in their own research and settings, as well as considering ways in which practice and policy might need to be changed.

The event will be followed by an informal networking session with refreshments and an opportunity to interact with some of our work.

The event is free but booking is essential by clicking on the Eventbrite link.

Tue, 18 June 2019, 16:00 – 20:00

At the University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, London, W1W 6UW


Fashioning Inclusion event

Fashioning Inclusion (12 December 2018) brings together a diverse group of researchers and practitioners who show that bodies of all abilities and types can be a site for creative self expression.

Head and shoulder portrait of artist Frida Kahlo, wearing blue embroidered blouse, with text Fashioning Inclusion.

Photo credit: Frida Kahlo in blue satin blouse, 1939, photograph by Nickolas Muray. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

The challenges of creating with and for different abilities offer new opportunities for experimentation with materials, technologies and aesthetics which can pioneer true innovation for art, performance, fashion and worn objects. From the iconic personal style of artist Frida Kahlo, as discussed by Curators Claire Wilcox and Circe Henestrosa, to performances with disabled and non- disabled dancers by Candoco Dance Company and inclusive design and material development by LCF students and Alumni, Fashioning Inclusion invites you to challenge pre-conceptions about who can engage with fashion, performance and bodily expression and to explore how these spaces can be further opened to be accessible to all.

The venue has limited step-free access. If you need step-free access to evacuate in an emergency, or have other any access requirements, please let us know. More detailed access information is available on our AccessAble page

The event will include BSL translation and will be live streamed and recorded for access off site.

For details of how to book and how to connect to the live stream please check the e-store link on December 12th

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Objects of a Passion

On Tuesday 13 November 2018, Professor Amy de la Haye gave a Professorial Platform Lecture entitled Objects of a Passion: Curating, Writing and Teaching as Practice 2014-18.  The lecture was organised by themes which had inspired her over the course of her practice.  As a Curator, Writer and Co-Director, alongside Judith Clark, of Centre for Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion, Amy also teaches on the MA Fashion Curation.

A recording of the lecture is available on Youtube.

Read the accompanying interactive leaflet Objects of a Passion

Read more about Professor Amy de la Haye’s research here

Read more about the MA Fashion Curation course

Dressing the Self/Other

Dressing the Self/Other is a reflective piece by Matteo Augello that explores dress performance and re-enactment and their use as research tools and crucial elements in the teaching of fashion history. Augello is a PhD student at the Centre for Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion and a former freelance researcher for the V&A opera exhibition in 2017.  Based on a video clip of his performance-lecture on ’The Art of the Prima Donna’, He will start off this interdisciplinary conversation on the topic of dress and performance by discussing some of his work on dress in Italian Opera.

Visit the Crassh page for more information and booking.

Dressing the Self/Other flier advertising the event at the University of Cambridge 5.30pm - 7.30pm 27 November 2018. Text giving summary. Red header and footer.

Dressing the Self/Other, 5.30pm – 7.30pm 27 November 2018

Read more about Matteo Augello’s research How Italian fashion is collected, preserved and analysed: unfolding the relationship between scholarship and production in the establishment of fashion collections in Italy, 1995-2015.

More posts from Matteo Augello

Pink – exhibition review

Pink: the History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color explores the colour pink and its multitude shades and cultural meanings. Organized by Dr Valerie Steele, Director, The Museum at FIT, Pink interrogates the history, materiality and cultural meanings of a colour that, as the exhibition guide points out, ‘provokes exceptionally strong feelings of both attraction and repulsion.’

Pink. Installation view. Image © Jeffrey Horsley courtesy The Museum at FIT

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The Cloud Project

This summer, I was invited to take part in The Cloud Project with the Tim Yip Studio which was the closing event for London’s South Bank Centre’s three year long China Changing festival  and the result of a year long collaboration between the South Bank and the Chinese-based Tim Yip Studio. A film and stage art director, costume designer and visual artist, Yip is particularly well known for his Academy Award winning work on Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000) but works prolifically for stage and film productions, dance companies, art exhibitions and fashion collaborations.

Models and performers in extravagant costume perform on a catwalk. A Performance of The Cloud Project with the Tim Yip Studio in the Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London

The Cloud Project with the Tim Yip Studio at the South Bank Centre

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