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Global Fashion Systems

Global Fashion Systems
170 St. George Street, room 100
Time: Mar 20th, 5:30 pm End: Mar 20th, 7:30 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Visual Studies (UTM), Slavic Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), Architecture, Landscape, Design
Symposium featuring Christina H. Moon, The New School, and Katarina Kuruc, Carleton University

The JHI Working Group on Fashion as Material Culture is pleased to present

Global Fashion Systems

Christina H. Moon:
"Ephemera and the Slow Road to Fast-Fashion"

Over the past 15 years, the fashion industry has undergone a profound and baffling transformation. What used to be a stable three-month production cycle—the time it takes to design, manufacture, and distribute clothing to stores, in an extraordinary globe-spanning process—has collapsed, across much of the industry, to just two weeks. This talk explores notions of ephemera, invisibility, and ubiquity in the design and making of our everyday clothing among 'fast-fashion families' in the city of Los Angeles.

Christina Moon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design History and Theory and Director of the MA Fashion Studies Program at Parsons The New School in New York City. She received her doctoral degree from Yale University in the department of Anthropology. Her research looks at the social ties and cultural encounters between fashion design worlds and manufacturing landscapes across Asia and the Americas, specifically exploring the memory, migration, and labor of its cultural workers. Dr. Moon writes on material culture, the ephemeral and everyday, and ways of knowing and representing in ethnographic practice. Her most recent book project is on the fast-fashion industry within the U.S.

Katarina Kuruc​:
"Fashion as Resistance in Communist Czechoslovakia in the 1960’s"


The 1960’s in Communist Czechoslovakia were a period of relative liberalization: Czechoslovak society gradually began opening itself to outside influences, and as a result new concepts, artistic movements, and fashion trends began streaming in from the West. Everyday citizens, especially young people, began to explore the boundaries of the state’s new and more relaxed rule especially through their choices of attire and dress. Drawing from Dick Hebdige’s (1979) writing on subcultures and style, this presentation explores how fashion and dress became increasingly significant forms of visual resistance to the ruling class, specifically for youth living within Communism.

Katarina is an upper year PhD candidate in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. Her dissertation explores notions of style and fashion as forms of resistance in the context of Communist Czechoslovakia. Growing up in Eastern Europe, as the granddaughter of a seamstress and the daughter of a jean-smuggler during the late Communist period, Katarina grew up with an acute awareness of the importance that fashion had in the everyday lives of Czechoslovak citizens. Katarina’s love of fashion extends outside of the academic realm, with her work in the Ottawa and Toronto fashion and wedding industry as a writer and photographer.

Denise Cruz (Moderator)
Denis Cruz is an assistant professor of English at the University of Toronto and a scholar of gender and sexuality in transnational cultures. Her first book, Transpacific Femininities: The Making of the Modern Filipina, was published by Duke University Press in 2012. She is currently working on a book length project about Filipino couture in Manila, Toronto, and Dubai.

This event is free and open to all.  For further information, please contact the event organizer, Professor Irina Mihalache.

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