Book Launch: Experimental Fashion: Performance Art, Carnival and the Grotesque Body by Francesca Granata
Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College 65 West 11th Street Room B500, New York, NY 10003
Come celebrate the publication of Experimental Fashion: Performance Art, Carnival and the Grotesque Body by Francesca Granata, Director of the MA Fashion Studies in Parsons's School of Art and Design History and Theory.
The event will include a conversation between the author, Francesca Granata, German designer Bernhard Willhelm, and Charlene Lau, Post-Doctor Fellow in Visual and Material Culture at Parsons School of Design.
Experimental Fashion is a study of designers and performance artists, including Leigh Bowery, Rei Kawakubo and Martin Margiela at the turn of the twenty-first century whose work challenges established codes of what represents the fashionable body through strategies of parody, humor, and inversion.
The book argues that the proliferation of bodies-out-of-bounds in fashion during this period was influenced by feminism’s desire to open up and question gender and bodily norms and particularly the normative bodies of fashion. It was also tied to the AIDS epidemic and mediated the fears of contagion and the obsessive policing of bodily borders that characterized the period.
Presented by Parsons School of Design
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