Fashion | 84th Anglo-American Conference of Historians

Fashion in history is a topic which has come of age in recent years, as scholars have turned to addressing what is chic and what is style over the ages and across different cultures. The history of fashion, and the role of fashion in history, is not just confined to the study of dress and costume, but encompasses design and innovation, taste and zeitgeist, treats as its subjects both people and objects, and crosses over into related disciplines such as the history of art and architecture, consumption, retailing and technology.

Dr. Valerie Steele will be a plenary speaker at this 2 day conference.
Learn more here.

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Alamo a la Mode | Defending the Importance of Dress

CSA conference
Meet me in San Antonio on May 28th. I’m receiving the the Millia Davenport Publication Award for A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk from the Costume Society of America at their annual symposium.

Published in conjunction with the Museum at FIT exhibition of the same name, the book includes seven essays by some of the world’s most acclaimed scholars of gay history and fashion, presenting a provocative look at the history of fashion through a queer lens. It examines high fashion as a site of gay cultural production and explores the aesthetic sensibilities and unconventional dress of LGBTQ people to demonstrate the centrality of gay culture in the creation of modern fashion.


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Bilbao: Exploring the Future of the Fashion Industry

6/11 UPDATE:
The conference organizers have posted all the talks online!
Here’s mine….

5/12 UPDATE:
This is a photograph from Bilbao. In order of appearance from left to right:
Kaat Debo, Miren Arzalluz, Jan Miller, and myself.

2nd Bilbao International Art & Fashion Forum

5/5 UPDATE:
here are some tweets from my talk!!!!

I will be one of four panelists at the 2nd Bilbao International Art & Fashion Forum: 1950-2050 | Exploring the Future of the Fashion Industry on May 5, 2015

Taking the inception and subsequent development of haute couture in France as a starting point, the 2nd Bilbao International Art & Fashion Forum will reflect on what led to Paris’ status as an international fashion capital, as well as on the emergence of new cities that have consolidated themselves as unavoidable references in a global fashion industry.

The four panel participants are Miren Arzalluz, Kaat Debo, Jan Miller, and Dr. Valerie Steele.

Learn more and register here

Add commentIn Appearances Blog April 28th, 2015

Valerie Steele to receive honorary Doctorate from Dartmouth College

Valerie Steele
Dr. Valerie Steele is profiled in the May/June issue of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 1978 and went on to receive a PhD from Yale University.

What insights does she give to burgeoning fashion scholars? She says that, although there are fewer jobs for fashion journalists, there are more opportunities in the visuals of fashion, such as fashion films, and in the business side of fashion.

The profile in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine coincides with Dr. Steele receiving an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College at the Commencement exercises on Sunday, June 14, 2015. Steele will be honored alongside such great minds as:

  • David Brooks, columnist for The New York Times
  • philanthropist Russell Carson; Steven Chu, former U.S. Secretary of Energy and professor of physics and molecular and cellular physiology at Stanford
  • Earl Lewis, president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • William Neukom, CEO and founder of the World Justice Project and
  • Terry Plank, Columbia geochemist and MacArthur fellow

Read the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine interview here

Additional information about the Honorary Degree Recipients is outlined here.

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