Christmas Meeting - The Production and Consumption of Luxury Fashion in Paris 1795-1855

Christmas Meeting - The Production and Consumption  of Luxury Fashion in Paris 1795-1855

Saturday 19 November 2016

For the WECS Christmas meeting this year we continue the theme of consuming fashion but now we move to Paris and slightly upmarket.

Fiona's talk derives from her PhD and will focus on the significant changes that occurred in the fashion system in the first half of the nineteenth century rather that the period from 1860, which has received more attention from dress and retail historians. She will pay particular attention to developments in the trade of the fashion merchants (marchande de modes) their business premises and the merchandise that they supplied to clients that ranged from the court elite to femmes galantes.

Fiona Ffoulkes trained as a fashion designer and worked for many years in fashion and costume design for television companies including the BBC in London and, more recently, spent ten years living in Paris and working in higher education as a tutor for fashion studio classes and lecturer in fashion theory and French luxury fashion, past and present, for the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, the American University, Paris and Parsons School of Design. Fiona's areas of specialism have always encompassed contemporary fashion as well as the origins of the current fashion industry. Publications include How to Read Fashion (Herbert Press, 2010) which references key styles and their historical links with contemporary fashion.

The report on this event is included in the Spring 2017 issue of WECS Wardrobe.

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