New Perspectives on Parisian Haute Couture, from 1850 until today
Paris (F) > 24. - 25.03.2017
This international conference intends to pay tribute to the figure of couturier Jacques Doucet by offering a renewed examination of the history of Parisian Haute Couture and its actors, creative processes, materials, channels of distribution, clients, and status, which has greatly evolved since its birth at the end of the 19th century under Charles Frederick Worth. The history of Haute Couture has most commonly been studied from the point of view of its creators, whose signatures and labels, invested with a certain "magical" power, to quote Pierre Bourdieu, have often been used to understand the mechanisms and success of the designers and their creations.
This conference seeks to reassess the history of Haute Couture by taking into consideration its inherent contradictions: the tensions between couture as both commerce and art; couture's relationship with ready-to-wear and mass produced clothing; and contemporary questions relating to industrialization, "fast fashion," and the impact of the digital on the artisanal.
Papers will be presented in French or English.
- Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Institut Français de la Mode
- Institut d’Histoire du Temps Présent
- With the collaboration of the Fédération de la couture du prêt-à-porter des couturiers et des créateurs de mode.
- Friday, March 24, 2017 – Institut National de l'Histoire de l'Art (INHA), 6 rue des Petits Champs, 75002 Paris
- Saturday, March 25, 2017 – Institut Français de la Mode (IFM), 36 Quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris