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On Fashion, Feeling, and Time: Filipino Couture and the Work of the Global

On Fashion, Feeling, and Time: Filipino Couture and the Work of the Global
170 St. George Street, JHB Room 100
Time: Mar 28th, 4:00 pm End: Mar 28th, 5:30 pm
Interest Categories: Diaspora/Transnational
Talk by Denise Cruz

The Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies presents

On Fashion, Feeling, and Time: Filipino Couture and the Work of the Global


Professor Denise Cruz, University of Toronto

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, from 4:00 to 5:30
Room: JHB100A, Jackman Humanities Building
Co-sponsored with the Department of English

This talk explores the contemporary world of couture in Manila in order to reconsider the relationship between fashion, globalization, and time. Given that “made in the Philippines” has long been synonymous with inexpensive labor, what does it mean to identify Filipino couture—elite, custom-made clothing—as both an object of high fashion and as a cultural practice? In Manila hundreds of working designers regularly create bespoke, made-to-order clothing designed in consultation with a client and executed in-house. While global North consumers might think of Asian fashion in terms of speed (“fast fashion,” or clothing quickly reproduced in large quantities, such as Forever 21), Filipino couture centers on a slow, intimate process crafted by the designer, client, and laborer. Building upon recent theories that have revealed globalization as marked by friction, mess, and “stickiness” rather than fast and seamless flows, I document and analyze Manila couture as a case study in the global work of sustaining, a form of fraught persistence that is both a symptom of the city’s class hierarchy and a method of resistance.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, contact the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at 416 946 8464.


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