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MOV | Fashion Symposium

November 14, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 5:40 pm

he Fashion Symposium at the Museum of Vancouver is the second annual nationwide gathering of Canadian fashion scholars. Experts from academia and industry, along with collectors and fans, will come together to present and discuss their research in various fields of fashion—including history, material culture, gender, technology, eco fashion, and urban culture

The symposium will enable participants to present their fashion-related work and encourage in-depth discussion and collaboration through thematic workshops. The goal is to inspire collaboration and communication among fashion scholars, curators, and fashion professionals across Canada.Download the full programme (pdf).

Dr. Katrina Sark, author of the forthcoming book Montréal Chic: A Locational History of Montreal Fashion (2016) and co-founder of the Urban Chic book series (Intellect Press) is organizing the symposium. Dr. Sark is nurturing a nationwide network of people fascinated by fashion. The first Fashion Symposium took place in Montreal at the McCord Museum in October 2014. It brought together fashion scholars, curators, professionals, and press.

A highlight of the symposium at the Museum of Vancouver will be a fashion show­ entitled Fashion Avant-Garde: Now And Then. It will juxtapose old and new, and high tech and low tech from the past and today. The event will feature the work of Vancouver designers, who are active in diverse areas of contemporary fashion (eco fashion, wearable technology, Indigenous fashion, wearable art, fashion technology, haute couture)—and contrast their garments with historical examples from the collection of Vancouver fashion historian Ivan Sayers. The designers and Ivan Sayers will present commentary during the fashion show.

This event is organized and curated by Dr. Katrina Sark.

The Fashion Symposium and the Fashion Show (paid tickets required) are open to the public.


Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Time: 10am-5:40pm
Tickets: Register now!


November 14, 2015
10:00 am - 5:40 pm
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