Monday, February 22, 2016

Conference: “Harnessing Uncertainty”—An “Enterprise of Culture” Event

The next event in "The Enterprise of Culture" project is a one-day conference, to be held on March 10, 2016, on "Harnessing Uncertainty: Social, Cultural and Economic Capital in Fashion." The meeting will look at "the current state of fashion against the backdrop of an uncertain world." According to the organizers, the conference
will provide a platform for speakers and delegates to question assumptions about the contemporary fashion industry and to scrutinise the place of fashion amidst some of the dominant global issues of today. Speakers from the UK, USA and the Netherlands will discuss topics such as sustainability, Chinese identity and fashion, fashion blogging as labour and leisure, new perspectives on the suit, challenges and opportunities facing fashion designers, the European fashion business since 1945 and conscientious fashion. A round-table will consider conference themes in more depth and will open the floor for debate.
     Open to anyone with an interest in the business history of fashion, this event will bring together academics, fashion industry practitioners, professionals, students, archivists, museum curators and wider public audiences. Booking is essential as places are limited. The conference is free to attend and includes lunch, refreshments, and a drinks reception. To register, please see the conference website.

    The project leader for the Enterprise of Culture project, based at the University of Leeds, is Regina Lee Blaszczyk.