FSN 221 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Eurocentrism, Cultural Capital

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Published on 21 Apr 2013
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The Eurocentric Fashion System
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Why is Paris considered the Fashion Capital? Can it be challenged?
What are the “new” non-Western fashion capitals?
What makes a fashion city?
- Fashion is organized around a network of Fashion Capitals (Paris, Milan, New York, London)
- They set the trends (the cities)
- 80’s – Big Five (When Tokyo was added to the list)
- Paris is always known at the “Capital of Fashion” (despite having 5 cities)
Why is Paris the Fashion Capital?
Charles Worth The Father of Haute Couture
- 1858, when Charles Worth established his fashion house
- Design: Combined knowledge pf historic costume with new fashion ideas, paid close attention to
the fit of garments, ensured high standard of tailoring and craftsmanship (looked to the past and
present)
- Changed the role of the designer: Radical that he was a ‘man’ who was creating fashion for women.
What are the “new” non-Western fashion capitals?
Shanghai The 6th Fashion Capital?
The Fashion City Typology
1. Economic Capital (money and resources)
2. Social Captials (networks of influence/support)
3. Cultural capital (regimes of taste)
7 Specific Fashion City elements
1. Training and research institutions
2. Skilled and specialized subcontractors
3. Promotional infrastructure
4. Design tradition
5. Fashion Consumption
6. Links between fashion and cultural industries
7. Links within the fashion industry
Toronto Fashion Incubator
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Fashion is organized around a network of fashion capitals (paris, milan, new york, london) 80"s big five (when tokyo was added to the list) Paris is always known at the capital of fashion (despite having 5 cities) 1858, when charles worth established his fashion house. Charles worth the father of haute couture. Design: combined knowledge pf historic costume with new fashion ideas, paid close attention to the fit of garments, ensured high standard of tailoring and craftsmanship (looked to the past and present) Changed the role of the designer: radical that he was a man" who was creating fashion for women. The fashion city typology: economic capital (money and resources, social captials (networks of influence/support, cultural capital (regimes of taste) 7 specific fashion city elements: training and research institutions, skilled and specialized subcontractors, promotional infrastructure, design tradition, fashion consumption, links between fashion and cultural industries, links within the fashion industry.

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