Artwork by Diletta Albertini
Artwork by Diletta Albertini

On May 16th and 17th, the Centre for Fashion Studies (IMS), in collaboration with IUAV University of Venice, Italy, organizes a two day symposium, which invites prominent and critical scholars and educators in fashion studies and fashion design; fashion designers; and representatives from the fashion industry to come together to discuss and present research and/or reflections on 1) the field of fashion studies, 2) the conditions of the fashion industry and 3) fashion design education. The aim of the symposium is to provide a platform for discussing the lack of – and the need for – a more critical engagement with fashion in terms of theory, production, education, and practice.

The symposium is open to the public. 


Fashion Issues: Critical Fashion Studies

The Nordic Museum, Stockholm
May 16-17, 2014

May 16
Session I: 09.30-12.30

09.30 Welcome note and Introduction


09.45 ”New Knowledge effectively shared: Reflections on Research Paradigms and Frameworks in the Field of Fashion” Christopher Breward, Professor of Fashion History and Principal of Edinburgh College of Art, UK

10.15 “Learned in Italy: A Fashion Decade at IUAV University of Venice, 2005-2014” Mario Lupano, Professor of Architecture History, IUAV University of Venice, and Alessandra Vaccari, Associate Professor of Fashion History and Theory, IUAV University of Venice, Italy

10.45 BREAK 15 min

11.00 “Reflective Practice: A Method for Critical Fashion Design”
Cilla Robach, Principal of Beckmans College of Design, and Maria Ben Saad, Senior Lecturer in Fashion Communication, Beckmans College of Design, Stockholm

11.30 ”Challenges facing 21st Century Fashion Design Education: Supply & Demand, Commerce vs. Creativity and a Redefinition of ’The Industry’”
Fiona Dieffenbacher, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Director of the BFA Programme in Fashion Design, Parsons the New School, USA

12.00 Q & A moderated by Louise Wallenberg

Session II: 14.00-16.00


Caterina Salvador, Fashion Director, Gruppo Coin, Italy

Ian King, Professor of Aesthetics and Management, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, UK

Maj-la Pizzelli, Founder and Director of HOW AB

Maria Luisa Frisa, Professor and Director BA Program Fashion Design and Multimedia Arts, IUAV University of Venice

Christian Lippich, Senior Designer, Tiger of Sweden

Panel discussion moderated by Gabriele Monti and Anja Aronowsky Cronberg    


May 17
Session III: 13.00-16.00


13.00 “Fashion and Materialism” Ulrich Lehmann, Professor of Fashion, University of the Creative Arts, UK

13.30 "The new order of the academical discourse and the transdisciplinariety of Fashion theory"
Patrizia Calefato, Associate Professor in Semiotics, Dipartimento dei Lettere, Lingue, Arti. Italianistica e Culture comparate, Bari University, Italy

14.00 BREAK 20 min

14.20 “Critical Thinking and Fashion Studies” Malcolm Barnard, Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture, School of the Arts, Loughborough University, UK

14.50 ”Fashion and decline! The case of the Swedish wollen industry, c. 1870-1970” Klas Nyberg, Professor of Fashion Studies, Centre for Fashion Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden

15.20 Q & A moderated by Andrea Kollnitz

15.50 ROUND-UP and CLOSING of the event