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The LCF Cultural and Historical Studies Research Hub presents: Modus: Mapping Expanded Fashion Practice

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Caroline Stevenson (London College of Fashion)

Ruby Hoette (Goldsmiths College)

Roland Brauchli (Ravensbourne College)

As part of Research Fortnight we are pleased to present Modus: Mapping Expanded Fashion Practice, a new research collaboration between Ruby Hoette, Caroline Stevenson and Roland Brauchli.

Contemporary fashion culture is seeing creative practitioners actively seeking to challenge traditional practices and question the very definition of their discipline. While the mainstream fashion industry continues to uphold commercial boundaries, there are emergent practices that propose alternate value systems and thus different ways of thinking, doing and being fashion. From designers to writers, education programmes and curators, these new modes of practice demonstrate a profound sensitivity to the complexity of fashion, from the micro details of a garment to the macro politics of a global system. These are expanded fashion practices where pockets of criticality are being cultivated that interrogate the social, cultural, political and environmental impacts of fashion and point to a future that transcends the current capitalist paradigm.

We will be discussing how we are developing a definition of this emerging field and presenting some of the practices included in it. This talk marks the first phase of a project that will culminate in a new publication and curatorial platform at the end of 2018.

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The Cultural and Historical Studies Hub, based at London College of Fashion, is a supportive space for the discussion of current research into fashion and popular culture within the broader subject area of Cultural Studies. For further information, please visit our website.

Image credit: Modus: photograph by Ruby Hoette, 2018

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