Fashion beyond the surface. Theories behind the trends

Symposium in cooperation with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

10okt2018 20:00 - 22:00


Does the concept of fashion limit itself to the domain of trends, images and egos or can we reflect upon it in a more profound manner?

This is exactly what made the students of the honours programme Fashion Theories, part of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI) enroll and participate in a semester of reflecting upon fashion’s complex social, cultural and philosophical implications. During this evening three of these students will share their insights and challenge common attitudes towards gender and fashion; hypes and egos and the imagining of a utopia.

The public will be encouraged to actively participate in the subsequent roundtable discussions and question their findings and provocative claims, to ensure all leave with a fresh and in-depth notion of what fashion may entail, how it may move us and what it may help to bring about.

About the speakers

Jim van Geel is a student in the final phase of Cultural Heritage studies at Reinwardt Academie. His professional focus is towards contemporary art and its discourse. He has worked with and for Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art Rotterdam, M HKA (Museum for Contemporary Art Antwerp, Belgium), Unfair Amsterdam and Framer Framed Amsterdam. In his research practice, he is interested in popular contemporary culture and the phenomena it informs and creates; making as little distinction as possible between high and low cultures such as music, art, fashion and various youth cultures. 

Merel Beemster is a Fashion & Design graduate student at AMFI. She previously designed an interactive textile collection, and worked as a menswear intern at G-star Raw. She has transitioned to a more theoretical approach to design and is currently working on her graduation thesis. In her work, she is interested the cultural influence design can have and how design shapes culture with a focus on gender, identity and storytelling in fashion.

Alessandro Pane has recently graduated as a Fashion & Management student at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, AMFI. He was a marketing specialist intern with YOOX Net-a-porter group and participated in the 2016 Triptiek Fashion Show as event manager and inventory specialist. His current aim is to reshape the conception of the fashion consumer by finding new ways of understanding of and interaction with the driving forces that shape identities.

Olivier Franken (moderator) is a Fashion & Branding student at the AMFI. He focuses his studies on the role of artificiality in society. 


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