Centre for Design History

Unpacking the Archive – Workshop for doctoral students in design history at the Royal College of Art

Unpacking the Archive was the second in a series of student-led events for PhD students working on research projects in history of design, architecture and related disciplines organised in partnership between the Royal College of Art, Kingston University and the University of Brighton, and supported by TECHNE. As such, the workshop built on a previous…

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Modern Living in Asia 1945 – 1990

Dr Hui-Ying Kerr of Nottingham Trent University, a contributor to the University of Brighton’s recent international conference, reviews its contents and contexts. Recently, in design history, the importance of the international has been brought into focus, acknowledging the impact of globalisation and interlinking partnerships that frame competing localisms and histories. Fundamental to this is the…

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The Indigenous Moment

Doctoral candidates Jo Pilcher and Adam Talbot outline a seminar event at the University of Brighton focusing on the symbolic inclusion of the ‘Other’ in the Sydney and Rio Olympic Ceremonies. Olympic ceremonies are frequently among the most-watched television events in the world. They present a unique moment for cities and countries to rebrand themselves,…

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From Quakers to Cowboys: New Research in Dress History

Hannah Rumball, lecturer in Historical and Critical Studies at the University of Brighton, reviews a recent conference that brought together dress historians from across Europe. The academic calendar seems to be bursting with international dress history conferences, and the University of Brighton is a key contributor to the roster. While some of these events can…

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Poster for the 1974 Beirut Arabic Book Fair

Borders are for Crossing: Design, Art and Migration in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Sandy Jones, MA History of Design and Material Culture student, reports back from a symposium held at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill in March 2017. Borders are for Crossing, a symposium co-organised by the Internationalising Design History cluster and curator Rosie Cooper, explored the important role of migration in the formation of new…

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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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