Fashion weeks are increasingly incorporated into the cultural policies of many cities that are not traditionally associated with fashion. The number of such events has escalated rapidly since 2000. This phenomenon has become a topic of discussion not only within the fashion industry, but also in the field of cultural geography, urban development and cultural policy. Accounts on the cultural and economic role of fashion week are briefly included in some studies (Breward and Gilbert 2006, Breward and Evans 2005). However, there was no official record of the number of fashion weeks in the world and their host cities. This work maps fashion weeks around the world by means of an art installation.
The artwork explores the cultural and economic role of fashion week. Based on an extensive research on 85 cities claiming a fashion week and inspired by the world domination board game, 'Risk', this interactive installation invited viewers to play in order to learn about the reasons behind organising fashion weeks.
|Type of Research:||Show/Exhibition|
|Additional Information (Publicly available):|
Postcolonial theory, cultural production, identities, Asian fashion, fashion cities
My research concerns identities with an emphasis on the discourse of cultural identities in the production of fashion. I am interested in the construction of identities, the expression and creation of an identity when producing fashion, the relation of such identity with one's locality and the tension within the industry in which it is produced. I have written on the engagement process of Paris-based Oriental designers, examining diasporic aesthetics that is born out of both the place and fashion system in which it is created.
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > London College of Fashion|
Research Centres No Longer Active > Fashion, The Body And Material Cultures Research Centre (FBMC)
|Date:||01 November 2006|
|Funders:||University of the Arts London|
|Related Websites:||http://www.wessieling.com, http://www.lifestyle.sg/articles/arts-and-culture_4/cheongsams-tale_243.htm, http://sites.a-n.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/368886|
|Event Location:||Solo Exhibition – Exhibit, London Seminar – Fashion, Body and Material Culture Seminar Exhibition tour to MAK (Vienna’ national museum)|
|Deposited By:||INVALID USER|
|Deposited On:||03 Dec 2009 20:14|
|Last Modified:||01 Sep 2010 14:40|