Fashion and the Supply Chain

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Date of event: 15 February 2018
Event ends: 16 February 2018
Start time: 11:00
End time: 15:30
Fashion and the Supply Chain

This two-day workshop explores themes in the business history of fashion and its broader supply chain. The aim is to share current research linked to fashion (broadly defined). The papers presented include perspectives from business, culture, retail, curators, archives, design, production and consumption.

Paper abstracts

1. Fashioning Commercial Modernity: The Experience of American Merchandisers in Europe, 1870s-1930s, Reggie Blaszczyk

2. Selling Synthetic Fibers Through Fashion: Lycra, The One that Got Away, Kaori O’Connor

3.A Brief History of VM: The problems, possibilities, and Progress, Valerie Wilson Trower

4. Contemporary Men’s Fashion and British Wool Textiles, Fiona Andersson

5. The Firm in Haute Couture: Paris Fashion’s Enterprises and Capital from the 1900s to the 1960s, Véronique Pouillard

6. Fashioning Interwar Berlin: Exploring Fashion and Clothing in the German Capital, Alice Janssen

7. Selling London: Mapping the Relationship between Supply Chains, Shop Displays and the Changing Symbolic Capital of London Fashion after WW2, Bethan Bide

8.To add beauty to utility’: Design procurement strategies of leading Manchester cotton, Macclesfield silk and Staffordshire pottery firms c.1750-1860, Catherine Casson

9. Recycling Design – the use of the John Lewis textile design archive as a commercial asset, Judy Faraday

10. The advent of the Modern Corporate Uniform: The Case of Barclays Bank, 1975 - 2010, Victoria Barnes and Lucy Newton

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University of ReadingReadingBerkshireRG6 6UD