16 May 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm Seminar room SG1, Alison Richard Building


Professor Regina Lee Blaszczyk (University of Leeds)
Professor Judith Clark (University of the Arts, London)


Professor Regina Lee Blaszczyk
The Secret Life of a Colour Card

Who decides the colours of the seasons, and why? This presentation explores the hidden history of colour prediction for the creative industries by exploring how a shade card is designed. It pulls back the curtain on the inner workings of the transatlantic fashion system through a case study of the world's pioneering colour forecasting organization, its leading lady Margaret Hayden Rorke, and her Paris colour scouts. The colour forecasting methods that Mrs. Rorke set up in 1920s New York are still used today. 

Professor Judith Clark
Props, Attributes and Fashion Exhibition-making

My paper will reflect upon the evolution of my practice as a fashion exhibition-maker over twenty years. I will look at three case studies that illustrate different attitudes to objects – and their classification – within that practice: Chloé. Attitudes (Palais de Tokyo, 2012; Maison Chloé, 2017); Cristóbal Balenciaga: Fashion and Heritage (Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa, Getaria, 2018) and Exhibiting Niklaus Manuel Deutsch, Das Urteil des Paris, 1517/18 (Atelier Amden, Switzerland, June 2018). The case studies will question in particular the categories of props and attributes.

Free and open to all. Part of the Imaginative Things: Curious Objects 1400–2000 Seminar Series.
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