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Talk: Caroline Evans on Fashion, Memory and Materiality

  • The New School, Room UL104 63 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

From The New School

Join the school of Art and Design, History and Theory for a public talk given by Professor Caroline Evans, Research Leader in the Fashion Programme at Central Saint Martins, where she convenes the Fashion History and Theory Research Group.

This exploratory talk surveys some of the objects, ideas and approaches behind my current research project into the material and immaterial cultures of fashion. Ranging from a 1920s couture dress label by Madeleine Vionnet to a cigarette burn in an Alexander McQueen dress from the 1990s, it investigates the transient materiality of fashion garments that are at once both object and event.

About the speaker:

Professor Evans studied art history at the University of Sussex. Her first book on fashion history and theory was published in 1989 and since then she has written extensively on twentieth-century and contemporary fashion. She has been a consultant to international fashion exhibitions at the V&A (London), Museum of London, Musé Galliera (Paris) and others. She is the author of several exhibition catalogue essays on designers including Paul Poiret, Hussein Chalayan and Victor & Rolf.

This event is open to the pulic and will take place in The New School's University Center on the lower level (Room U L104).

This event is sponsored by the School of Art and Design History and Theory, and is part of Parsons Festival 2016.


Parsons Festival is an annual series of art and design events in which cutting-edge student work is presented to the Parsons community and the public. The festival takes place at the end of each academic year and includes thesis exhibitions and critiques, thought-provoking public programs, interactive installations, gallery openings, workshops, and special events.