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WelcomeFashion is often studied from a purely theoretical perspective, from a costume history or dress history viewpoint, or from a popular media-driven vantage point. 'The Enterprise of Culture: international structures and connections in the fashion industry since 1945' breaks new ground, using the fashion business to examine how various types of cultural encounters – between 'core' fashion cities such as Paris and London and 'peripheral' areas such as Sweden and Scotland, between style labs and the high street, and between fibre makers, clothing manufacturers, and retailers – stimulated innovation, and created a new and competitive industry. This European Union-funded project involves researchers from the universities of Leeds, Erasmus Rotterdam, Oslo, Newcastle, St Andrews, and Heriot-Watt, and from the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Centre for Business History Stockholm.
- The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (Erasmus University Rotterdam) is looking for a highly motivated PhD Candidate who wishes to conduct their PhD research in the Rise and Fall of Berlin as a Fashion Capital, 1924-1939
- Join us for a private view of The Synthetics Revolution, where speaker Professor Regina Lee Blaszczyk will look at how the world’s largest chemical company influenced post-war fashion.
- Learn to finger-knit at this relaxed and creative workshop on 8 September, in the surroundings of The Synthetics Revolution exhibition, and help create a new community canopy as part of the Yorkshire Year of the Textile.
- A collaboration between the Yorkshire Fashion Archive, ULITA and the Enterprise of Culture project has culminated in an exhibition charting the rise of synthetic fibres in everyday clothing.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 291827.
The project, The Enterprise of Culture: International Structures and Connections in the Fashion Industry, is financially supported by the HERA Joint Research Programme (www.heranet.info) which is co-funded by AHRC, AKA, BMBF via PT-DLR, DASTI, ETAG, FCT, FNR, FNRS, FWF, FWO, HAZU, IRC, LMT, MHEST, NWO, NCN, RANNÍS, RCN, VR and The European Community FP7 2007-2013, under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities programme.