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Workshop/Course, Fri 13 Mar 2020


Conference - Fast x Slow Fashion: Experiences of F

Conference - Fast x Slow Fashion: Experiences of F


Fast x Slow Fashion []: Experiences of Fashional Consumption 1720 – 2020 will investigate the varied experiences of selling, buying and consuming fashion over the past 300 years in a one-day conference.

Shopping for fashion is about more than economic exchange and the acquisition of material goods. It is about the performance and negotiation of fashionable identity, sensory stimulation and visual pleasure. Fashion retailers provide spaces in which individuals can reinvent themselves and negotiate their relationships to wider society, and consumer desire provides an opportunity for business people to build retail empires that change the dressing habits of nations.

Fashion retail is often at the forefront of social and economic change, with the way that publicity, merchandising and spectacle is used to sell fashion evolving in response to changing technologies of fashionable production and communication. Historically, there have been many different sites of fashionable consumption, from street markets to boutiques and spectacular department stores.

Ways in which fashion has been consumed have been even more varied, from the personal experience of commissioning a bespoke suit to the frustrated desire of noses pressed against a shop window, dreaming of the unobtainable behind the glass. Furthermore, experiences of fashionable consumption can be both material and visual, incorporating the experience of reading fashion publications and mail order catalogues in a domestic setting as well as that of the knowledgeable buyer who evaluates the quality of fabrics through touch.

Our key note speaker is Dr Serena Dyer, Early Career Academic Fellow at De Montfort University. 


Speakers and talk subjects:


Serena Dyer, Shopping and the Senses


Wendy Smith, The Cry of Silk: Fetishism and Erotomania in Au Bonheur des Dames


Katie Cameron, Looking Good: A Short History of Visual merchandising at M&S


Tabitha Barker, 'Once on the body, no one will ask whether it was bought ready-made, or whether one had it made', Pret-a-Porter, Elite Consumption and Fashionable Embroidery in Eighteenth Century France.


Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas, Slow Fashion Shopping in Shaghai


Jenny Gilbert and Nadia Awal, The Potential of Living History in Promoting Sustainable Clothing Consumption


Ruby Hodgson, The Calicos of our Grandmothers: on the reuse of 18th century silks in 1820s-40s dress


Liz Tregenza, Consuming the past: shopping for vintage second-hand fashion since 1965


Regina Lee Blaszczyk, Making Dallas into a Fashion Capital


Emily Taylor, Shopping on Tour: continental journeys with two Scottish matriarchs, 1730-1750


Nathaniel Dafydd Beard, Cities of Arcades: Magical Dreamscapes of Fashion, Consumption and the Flaneur(se)


Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 13 Mar 2020 09:00 to 17:00


£35 per person.  Students £25 Lunch included



Millennium Square,



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  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups