Fashion+ discusses the concept of inclusive fashion, its emergence, development, and significance within contemporary society. It highlights the shift towards more environmentally and socially responsible practices within the fashion industry, leading to innovative working methods and values previously overlooked. The book also emphasizes the need to explore new conceptual frameworks and ways of representation in the inclusive fashion sector.
The book introduces an anthology that aims to contribute both theoretically and practically to the understanding of inclusive fashion dynamics. It seeks to explore the intersection of inclusive fashion practices with various disciplines, methodologies, and collaborative approaches. The anthology invited contributions from diverse backgrounds, including theorists, practitioners, artists, educators, activists, and more. The intention is to address the transformative potential of inclusive practices and cultures in the fashion industry.
Fashion+ underlines the importance of interdisciplinary and socially engaged practices in higher education and informal learning contexts. The book acknowledges that the discourse around critical studies of fashion and inclusivity is relatively new, lagging behind other academic disciplines. It identifies areas such as fashion education, health challenges, cultural context, gender, and occupational roles as needing further exploration. The anthology showcases projects that challenge design bias and institutional barriers while celebrating diversity in all its forms. It aspires to inspire change within the fashion industry and promote a cultural discourse on fashion within diverse contexts, highlighting the importance of unity, emancipation, and equality.
Overall, this book emphasizes the urgency of inclusive fashion and its potential to reshape the fashion industry, promote equality, and reflect the values of the 21st century society. It seeks to bridge gaps in research and understanding while fostering critical dialogue and transformation within the realm of fashion and creative expression.
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Dirk Reynders is a lecturer, writer, researcher and cultural critic. His research and expertise focuses on visual culture, gender and ethnicity. His work contributes to a renewed and modern view of social visual culture. He focuses on the paradox between realism (representation) and formalism (aestheticism), a topic that contributes to a better understanding of the role images play in functional or expressive resistance or acceptance of gender and inclusion.
Marie Geneviève Cyr
Marie Geneviève Cyr is the Director of the BFA Fashion Design program and an Associate Professor of Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design. She has an MA from New York University, a BA in Design and Applied Arts from the Edinburgh College of Art and was nominated in 2009 for a Genie Award by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television for “Best Costume Design”. Her most recent research examines the politics of abstract desire, hyper-reality, hyper-consumption, and the online social space — the internet. She is interested in new questions concerning how post-Internet artistic strategies influence fashion design practices. Cyr has spent extensive time in Asia, more specifically China, studying design practices. In addition to Parsons School of Design, Cyr has created and taught experimental design processes workshops for universities such as Donghua University (Shanghai), Royal College of Art (UK), Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI), China Academy of Art (Hangzhou), HEAD (Geneva), and various art organizations. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Red Gate Gallery (Beijing, China, 2014), and Palazzo Monti (Brescia, Italy, 2019)