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Dress in a Time of Crisis

August 27, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Lockdown style and the impact of the pandemic – negotiating the challenges of dressing in a crisis

The current pandemic has disrupted many aspects of our lives, not least that of dress. As we adapt to working from home and virtual socialising, casual dress has become the norm, and online shopping has reflected the need for tops rather than bottoms. While personal style has evolved to meet these new conditions, will athleisure be the new dressing up, or will there be a fashion backlash with more emphasis on tailoring and high heels? Lockdown has resulted in a greater awareness of climate issues, including the damage inflicted by the fashion industry. But will calls for greater sustainability cause more suffering to already impoverished workers?

Fashion has always responded to changes in society, and crises like the present one have typically had an impact on the way we dress. As in previous pandemics, the wearing of masks has become widespread, and the irony of their imposition at a time when face coverings have been banned in several countries, highlights the ambivalence traditionally felt towards them. Our present situation may tell us more than how we are responding now, but could perhaps provide an insight into the broader significance of dress in a time of crisis.

Join our eminent speakers and panel to explore the nature of this relationship at this free to attend event. Please identify just one breakout session to attend and select your ticket accordingly, as spaces are limited.

Event schedule:

1300 Introductions and keynote by Dr Alison Matthews David (Associate Professor, History of dress and textiles, Ryerson University)

1400 Panel: Dr Lorraine Smith (Independent Researcher) – Three wardrobes for three mindsets in these extraordinary times of change; Stella Claxton (Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University) – Fashion, sustainability and conflicting predictions for the future; Dr Dion Terrelorge (Chartered Psychologist and Stylist) – The developmental stages of style during lockdown

1500 Break

1520 Breakout sessions (please select: Sustainability, Fashion or Style) and feedback/discussion

1600 Keynote: David Inglis (Professor of Sociology, University of Helsinki) – The Masque of the Pandemic, and plenary

1700 Close



August 27, 2020
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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