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Belgian Fashion

The Berg Companion to Fashion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...In October 2003, the American newspaper Women’s Wear Daily asked, “Is Belgian Avant-Garde Out of Fashion?" Twenty years after Belgian fashion design, with Antwerp as its epicenter, had won its place on the world scene, it was time to ask...

Fashion curation at Momu: digital challenges

Fashion Curating : Critical Practice in the Museum and Beyond

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2017

Book chapter

...This chapter discusses the ways in which the MoMu Antwerp Fashion Museum curates contemporary fashion and how digital changes and opportunities have thoroughly influenced this practice in the past fifteen years. The meteoric rise of digital...

Walter van Beirendonck’s Hybrid Science Fictions

Adam Geczy

Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Vicki Karaminas

Professor of Fashion at Massey University, Wellington Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Critical Fashion Practice : From Westwood to van Beirendonck

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Book chapter

...Walter Van Beirendonck first came to the attention of the fashion industry in 1982 with his collection “Sado,” named after his white bull terrier, at the Vestirama trends show in Brussels. Rhyming with “Salò,” the birthplace of Mussolini...

Ann Demeulemeester

Elizabeth Kutesko

Elizabeth Kutesko is Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Designer biography

...Ann Demeulemeester was born in Kortrijk, Belgium in 1959 and studied fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp from 1978 to 1981. On graduating she worked for six years as a freelance designer for international ready-to-wear men...

Prestige and Precariousness: Symbolic and Material Geographies

Giulia Mensitieri

Giulia Mensitieri has a doctorate in social anthropology and ethnology from the École des Hautes Étudesen Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, France. Her research focuses on globalisation, the transformations of work, and the coveted imaginary worlds produced by contemporary capitalism. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Natasha Lehrer

Natasha Lehrer is an award-winning writer and translator. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and The Nation, and elsewhere. She has translated books by Nathalie Léger, Chantal Thomas, Georges Bataille, Robert Desnos, and the Dalai Lama, among others. She won a Rockower award for journalism in 2016, and in 2017 her co-translation (with Cécile Menon) of Suite for Barbara Loden, by Nathalie Léger, won the Scott Moncrieff Translation Prize. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Most Beautiful Job in the World : Lifting the Veil on the Fashion Industry

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

Book chapter

...Mia at home A lilac ostrich feather Gucci coat was slung over the screen that served to separate the kitchen-living room area from the sleeping area in the apartment shared by Mia and Jaime. They had just returned home from visiting yet...

Margiela, Martin*

The Berg Companion to Fashion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Martin Margiela (1957– ) was born in Hasselt, Belgium. He studied fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp—at the same time as Ann Demeulemeester—followed by a three-year apprenticeship with Jean-Paul Gaultier...

Martin Margiela (1959–)

Brenda Polan

Brenda Polan is a fashion writer, editor, lecturer and academic. She was formerly fashion editor and women’s page editor of The Guardian and has since written for all Britain’s major newspapers and many magazines. She was until recently Programme Director (Media) at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Tredre

Roger Tredre is Course Leader, MA Fashion Roger Tredre is Course Leader, MA Fashion Communication, at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Prior to his academic career, he worked in newspaper fashion journalism and was the first Editor-in-Chief of WGSN, the online fashion trends and research business. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Great Fashion Designers : From Chanel to McQueen, the names that made fashion history

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

Book chapter

...Margiela sensed what was coming, what was in the air. He was looking seasons ahead.The emergence of the Belgian designers in the late 1980s was one of the more unexpected twists in fashion history. A country with no great reputation...

Annexed, neutral and occupied: the worlds of couture in Austria, Switzerland and Belgium and their relationships with Paris couture, 1939–1946

Paris Fashion and World War Two : Global Diffusion and Nazi Control

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

Book chapter

...Translations from French by the author.Swiss design, Paris style: ‘New designs for spring suits’, l’Illustré, Swiss French edition, Lausanne, 5 March 1942. (Dress History Teaching Collection, University of Brighton with kind permission from...

Exploring Creativity: An Ethnographic Approach to Studying Fashion Design Pedagogy

FASHION STUDIES : Research Methods, Sites and Practices

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...Early in my fieldwork at the Antwerp Academy, a curious student approached me.My fieldwork was generously supported by research grants from the Fulbright Program and Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (Grant # 7638). All...

Raf Simons (1968–)

Brenda Polan

Brenda Polan is a fashion writer, editor, lecturer and academic. She was formerly fashion editor and women’s page editor of The Guardian and has since written for all Britain’s major newspapers and many magazines. She was until recently Programme Director (Media) at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Tredre

Roger Tredre is Course Leader, MA Fashion Roger Tredre is Course Leader, MA Fashion Communication, at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Prior to his academic career, he worked in newspaper fashion journalism and was the first Editor-in-Chief of WGSN, the online fashion trends and research business. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Great Fashion Designers : From Chanel to McQueen, the names that made fashion history

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

Book chapter

...Simons’ interest in sub-cultures, honed in the clubs of Antwerp in his youth, has been translated directly into fashion.In the spring of 1998, Belgian designer Raf Simons had just turned thirty when he showed his autumn/winter 1998...