Fashion Studies is a field of knowledge with deep historical roots within History of Art. However, as apparently disparate approaches flank the traditional historiographies of dress, its placement in scholarly settings is, today more than ever, up for discussion. Still innovating, even if Fashion Studies has been an academic topic for more than 30 years now, academics often feel the need to deconstruct disciplinary boundaries within this wide research area. While understanding fashion as a meaningful system within which the production of the cultural and aesthetic representations of the body is made possible, research in Fashion Studies all over the world is undertaken from different perspectives in diverse university departments, including History of Art, Media Studies, Design, Literature, and Cultural Studies.
Liberty has been at the cutting edge of design and the decorative arts since 1875. The exhibition "Liberty in Fashion", held at Fashion and Textile Museum in London from the 9th October 2015 to the 28th February 2016, explores Liberty’s impact on British fashion, from Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the 19th century, through Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the early 20th century, and the revival of these styles since the 1950s. Liberty Art Fabrics and the textile design studio take centre stage as the internationally recognised leader in floral, paisley and patterned prints and dress fabrics.
The globalization of fashion has given rise to new fashion cities that now annually host hundreds of fashion weeks around the world. The exhibition "Global Fashion Capitals", held at The Museum at FIT Fashion & Textile History Gallery from the 2nd June to 14th November 2015 explores, through over 70 objects, the history of the established fashion capitals and the emergence of 16 new fashion cities.
After a hiatus in 2014, the seminaries of the program “Histoire de la Mode et du Vêtement” will restart in January 2015 with “La Mode Masculine 1820-1970 (I) : Sources D’Étude”. The theme, more restricted compared to the precedent, will consider men’s fashion in a period of time of 150 years, from 1820 to 1970, considering the changes and evolutions that this period faced.
The Victoria and Albert Museum will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Jenny Packham this summer, an evening of free catwalk shows, featuring highlights of the designer's collections to date - as part of its Fashion in Motion series.