October 9: Lucy Collins, “From the Ivory Tower to the Tents: Thinking Critically about Fashion”
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
What is fashion criticism? As the field of fashion studies continues to grow, it’s essential to develop and understand the conceptual distinctions between fashion theory, fashion criticism, fashion journalism, and costume history. Lucy Collins will look at these interrelated yet distinct kinds of fashion writing, while arguing for the need for a deeper understanding of theory in each.
Lucy Collins has been witness to every part of the fashion industry. She has written on fashion for publications such as Fashion Theory, Fashion Projects, The Philosopher’s Magazine, and The New City Reader, as well as the forthcoming Greenwood Encyclopedia of National Dress. She has contributed to the blog Worn Through, worked for designers, and written for fashion forecasters. She is currently an instructor at Parsons The New School for Design and LIM College, where she teaches courses in fashion theory, aesthetics, and ethics. Last year, Lucy received a PhD in Philosophy from Temple University and her current research focuses on the subject of fashion and consumerism.
When & Where
MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts, http://dcrit.sva.edu
136 West 21 Street, Second Floor (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues)
Subway: F, V at 23rd Street; 1 at 23rd Street
The SVA MFA in Design Criticism is a pioneering two-year graduate program that trains students to research, analyze, and evaluate design and its social and environmental implications. Students study with some of the best design writers and thinkers of our time, including MoMA’s senior curator of Architecture and Design Paola Antonelli, Design Observer blogger Alexandra Lange, and New York Times critic Phil Patton. They learn how to curate an exhibition, produce a radio segment, launch a blog, edit a publication, host a lecture series, and stage a major conference.
The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.
On Tuesday evenings at D-Crit we present lectures by the most thoughtful and provocative writers, editors, designers, and curators practicing today in the interrelated fields of design, architecture and urban planning. Selected to supplement our curriculum with their original methods and alternative viewpoints, these speakers inspire and challenge our students. Our students, in turn, through the discussion they lead, help illuminate the concerns and priorities of design criticism today.
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