Higher seminars: Hanna Wittrock

Time: 2017-11-14, 13:00 — 14:30
Location: Gallery (T154), ground floor and close to the entrance of Textile Fashion Center, Skaraborgsvägen 3, Borås.
Event Type: Lecture

The Higher Seminars aim to introduce contemporary research and professional work within the field of design, art, media, music and more. The Higher Seminars primarily target The Swedish School of Textiles' PhD, master and bachelor students of fashion and textile design. However, they are also open and available to all, meaning that anyone can come and listen. If you are not a student or teacher at The Swedish School of Textiles and interested in joining in a seminar, please contact seminar coordinator Saina Koohnavard in advance.

14 November - Hanna Wittrock

Lecture theme: Morality, Myth Making and the Magic in the World of Fashion

Even though fashion has been a topic of research for more than a century, it is not yet fully understood. On the one hand, fashion is perceived to be a motor and an expression of modern society. Fashion is associated with progress, individualism and economic development. Occasionally it is also tied to more general, beneficiary, non-profitable values, such as pluralism, democracy and tolerance, as well.

On the other hand, fashion is regularly believed to bring forth negative effects such as superficiality, immorality and excessive consumption. A recent example of a morally charged debate in the world of fashion is that concerning the photographer Terry Richardson who on numerous occasions has been accused of sexual exploitation of models.

Fashion is intimately linked to modernity and industrial mass production but it is equally associated with magical thinking and tradition. And while habitually accused of deceptiveness, it is also understood to be one the most effective channels of communication.

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