Centre for Design History

Restraint and Excess in Fashion: Costume Colloquium V, 16 – 20 November, 2016, Florence, Italy

by Hannah Rumball and Anna Vaughan Kett University of Brighton lecturers, Hannah and Anna, report back from the fifth Costume Colloquium, held in November 2016 in Florence, where Brighton scholars, past and present, were well-represented. Held biannually, the Costume Colloquium conference is a chance for academics and enthusiasts in the field of dress history to…

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CHOICE Award for The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design has been chosen by Choice, the publication of the American Library Association, as one of their outstanding academic titles of 2016. The Encyclopedia, for which IDH-affiliated researcher Dr Harriet Atkinson was one of six section editors working with Professor Clive Edwards (Loughborough University), provides peer-reviewed entries on design from 1800…

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Creating African Fashion Histories in Museums: a series of projects at Brighton Museum

In this post, Nicola Stylianou, a postdoctoral researcher at the Sussex Africa Centre and member of the Fashioning Africa collecting panel at Brighton Museum, discusses the context for the recent Creating African Fashion Histories conference, which she coordinated. On 2 November 2016, Creating African Fashion Histories, a one day conference, was held at Brighton Museum…

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Metis: World Factory

By Alessandro Esculapio On November 16, 2017 the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts at University of Sussex hosted Metis: World Factory, a participatory theatre performance on fast fashion and the global textile industry. Created by Zoë Svendsen in 2015 and first performed at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich and at the Young Vic…

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News: College Art Association Annual Conference 2017

by Harriet Atkinson In February 2017 IDH-affiliated University of Brighton researchers Dr Harriet Atkinson and Dr Verity Clarkson, with Dr Sarah Lichtman of The New School, New York, are convening a panel at the New York College Art Association conference entitled ‘Beyond Boundaries: Art and Design Exhibitions as Transnational Exchange from 1945’. The session, which…

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ICDHS Taipei 26-28 October 2016 10th Conference of the International Committee for Design History and Studies Conference theme: Making Trans/National Contemporary Design History

Megha Rajguru revisits a selection of papers from the conference and reflects on transnational design histories. The Internationalising Design History (IDH) Research Cluster had a notable presence at the ICDHS conference in Taipei in October 2016. Nine researchers, Dr Leah Armstrong, Tania Messell, Dr Harriet Atkinson, Zeina El Maasri, Elli Michaela Young, Tom Wilson, Dr…

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‘Modernisms’ Locations’: Reporting on IDH at the ICDHS Conference

By Tania Messell The IDH research cluster was represented by three panels at the ICDHS Conference, which took place in Taipei this year, and which aimed at exploring and expanding on the use of ‘global’, ‘world’ and ‘transnational’ design histories and studies. For the panels’ convenors, Professor Jeremy Aynsley, Dr Harriet Atkinson and Dr Yunah…

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CfP International Design Organisations: Histories, Legacies, Values

A conference examining the histories, legacies and values of international design organisations in a post-industrial, post-organisational world. University of Brighton, Internationalising Design History Research Cluster Victor J. Papanek Foundation, University of Applied Arts Vienna Date: 9-10 November 2017 Location: University of Brighton Deadline for abstracts: 30 January 2017 – Extended to 21rst February 2017 Organisers:…

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Event report: Undesign Symposium at University of Applied Arts Vienna

By Lilián Sánchez-Moreno & Giovanni Marmont On the 2nd June 2016 the University of Applied Arts in Vienna hosted the Undesign Symposium. Organised by the Department of History and Theory and convened by Björn Franke, the one-day event was part of the FWF Research Project Émigre Design Networks and the Founding of Social Design[1], led…

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New Thinking in Design History: A Report

By Chiara Barbieri (RCA) On Friday the 15th of April the University of Brighton hosted the one-day workshop ‘New Thinking in Design History’. Organised by Professor Jeremy Aynsley, Dr Catharine Rossi and Dr Sarah Teasley, and funded by the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, the event was open to research students at the University of…

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