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Japan Fashion Now Symposium 2010


This international interdisciplinary symposium will explore contemporary Japanese fashion—from  avant-garde to street and subcultural styles. Topics will include the historic roots of Japan’s fashion culture, the role of uniforms and uniformity, the Japanese “fashion revolution” of the 1980s, the geography of Tokyo fashion, the rise of the young male fashion consumer, and the significance of cuteness in Japanese girls’ culture. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Japan Fashion Now, on view through January 8, 2011 / Extended through April 2, 2011

Speaker biographies      

Symposium Reading List
 
   Thursday, November 4
   
 9:30–10:30 am  Check-in, registration, and coffee
Haft Auditorium, Feldman Center, second floor
 10:30 am–12:30 pm Welcoming remarks
Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT, Welcome
Dr. Valerie Steele, Japan Fashion Now
Dr. Toby Slade, Modernity in Japanese Fashion
Hiroshi Narumi, The Construction of Japaneseness in Fashion
Dr. Brian McVeigh, Fashion as Self-Consumption: Personalizing and Individualizing Student
Uniforms in Japan
 12:30–2 pm  Lunch break
  2–5 pm Patricia Mears, Formalism and Revolution: Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto
Miki Higasa in conversation with Patricia Mears
Dr. Sharon Kinsella, Cute in Feminine Subcultural Fashion: The Strange Travels of Cute from Naive Subculture to Grotesque Parody
   
   Friday, November 5
   
 9:30–10:30 am   Check-in, registration, and coffee
Haft Auditorium, Feldman Center, second floor
 10:30 am–12:30 pm Dr. Laura Miller, Perverse Cuteness in JapaneseGirl Culture
Dr. Yuniya Kawamura,
Japanese Youths as Producers of Subcultures and Fashion Trends
Masafumi Monden,
The Importance of Looking Pleasant: Reading Japanese Men’s Fashion Magazines
 12:30–2 pm   Lunch break
  2–5 pm Tiffany Godoy, Fashion City: Shopping in Tokyo
Dr. Miwako Tezuka, Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool and the Kids with Attitude
h.NAOTO in conversation with Valerie Steele
 
 Japan Fashion Now Symposium 2010 Slideshow

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