“Travelling Fashion. Between Paris and Shanghai”
With Alexandra Karentzos (professor of fashion and aesthetics, TU Darmstadt)

Marc Jacobs’ autumn/winter campaign in 2012/13 for Louis Vuitton was set against the backdrop of a golden age train journey from Paris to Shanghai. Arriving with a historic train in clouds of steam, the models spectacularly descended to parade the fashion directly from Paris on the Shanghai catwalk. With this impressive setting and fashion, Marc Jacobs evokes the early days of the brand as a luxury luggage maker in the mid-nineteenth century. The lecture takes this fashion show as a starting point to consider how far fashion is informed by global hierarchies and colonial entanglements. In particular with respect to China, where this fashion show was staged, the discussion also focuses on production conditions in the fashion industry and the value of handmade articles. The cultural codes embodied in the elaborately embroidered items of clothing adorned with glittering sequins, some made of ‘exotic’ materials such as kangaroo skin, and in the patterns and textiles are also deciphered.

Prof. Dr. Alexandra Karentzos is professor for Fashion and aesthetics at the TU Darmstadt since 2011.

Through her background in art and aesthetics and work in gender studies and post-colonial research, Alexandra Karentzos is opening up important new approaches to issues in global textiles research.

Learn more about the exhibition THE COMMON THREAD.

Wednesday, 28. June 2017 - 19:00
€5 / €2.50
In German
Weltkulturen Labor, Schaumainkai 37