FTC RCA 2012 – Conference Brochure (Design: Tom Mower)

Fashioning the City: Exploring Fashion Cultures, Structures, and Systems an International Inter-disciplinary Conference took place between 19th-21st September 2012 at the Royal College of Art, London, UK.

This page is an archival resource and contains material pertaining to the conference proceedings and its participants. In addition to the material collated here a post-conference publication, including a selection of the papers presented at the conference, are to be published in a book-format publication to be released in 2013/2014. More information about this will be released nearer the time.

Further enquiries about this project and its legacy may be directed to conference convenor Nathaniel Dafydd Beard – please refer to the Contact page of this website.

Plenary Panels/Round Table Discussions

As part of the conference three Plenary Panels/Round Table Discussions were hosted with special guest speakers including Professor Wendy Dagworthy (Royal College of Art), Kaat Debo (MoMu), Kathryn Ferguson (Film-maker/Curator), Lynne Murray (Holition), Branko Popovic and Nawie Kuiper (FASHIONCLASH Foundation), Dr. Marie Regiels Melchior (Designmuseum Danmark), Stefan Siegel (Not Just A Label), Professor Lise Skov (Copenhagen Business School) and Professor Julie Sommerlund (Royal Danish Academy of the Arts – School of Design).  A summary of the key themes and suggested reading related to these discussions can be found in the accompanying Readers available to download here:

Developing the Fashion City: Concepts, Opportunities and Challenges

Reader One – Developing the Fashion City

Fashion Culture on Display

Reader Two – Fashion Culture on Display

Fashion Education and the Role of the Academy as an Industry Hub

Reader Three – Fashion Education

Abstracts of Papers Presented 

Of the over a hundred Abstracts submitted to this conference forty-eight were selected and chosen to be presented. The topics of the papers presented covered a wide-ranging and inter-disciplinary analysis of fashion culture including aspects pertaining to fashion education, fashion curation, fashion business, fashion film, technology and social media, fashion marketing and the dynamics of Fashion City development. The presented papers also reflected the global connections and dynamics of the fashion industry including perspectives and analysis deriving from the fashion cultures and cities of Antwerp, Amsterdam, Casablanca, Copenhagen, Dakar, Kumasi, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, Melbourne, Mexico, Milan, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Shanghai, Stockholm, Tokyo, Yorkshire, Warsaw, and Zürich. Abstracts for the papers presented during the fifteen  sessions of the conference can be viewed here:

Session Abstracts – FTC RCA 2012

Participant Biographies

An international cohort of over a hundred speakers and delegates attended the conference from all over the world  including: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, India, Italy, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, and USA. The biographies of all speakers and special guest panelists can be viewed here:

Particpant Biographies – FTC RCA 2012


Supporters: Royal College of Art and ALCS – Association of Low Countries Studies

With grateful thanks to Dr. Henriette Louwerse (University of Sheffield), Dr. Claire Pajazkowska (Royal College of Art), Dr. Barry Curtis (Royal College of Art/London Consortium), Professor Wendy Dagworthy OBE (Royal College of Art), Shirley Messam-Pengelley, Hilary Laurence, Richard Power, Chris Franklin, Honour Bayes, Darlene Maxwell, Cathy Johns, Simon Taylor, Michelle Richards, Paul Tolkaciovas, Aine Duffy, Gina Lovette, Octavia Reeve (all Royal College of Art), Lyublyana Spasova-Joneja (Imperial College), Kaat Debo and Karen Van Godtsenhoven (MoMu), Kathryn Ferguson (Blink Productions/British Council), Dr. Marie Reigels Melchior (Designmuseum Danmark), Julian Roberts (Royal College of Art/British Council), Branko Popovic and Nawie Kuiper (FASHIONCLASH Foundation), Lynne Murray (Holition), Stefan Siegel (Not Just A Label), Professor Lise Skov (Copenhagen Business School), Professor Julie Sommerlund (Royal Danish Academy of the Arts – School of Design), Nickie Isaksen (Isaksen//Design), Jan Helleskov (Magasin), Jesper Karbaek Ryskin (SAND), Andrea Friis Laursen (WOOD WOOD), Nina Born, Caroline Collinge, Yeseung Lee, Stine Linnemann, Signe Rand Ebbesen, Ellen Sampson, Claudia Sarnthein, Donna Yemani, Carmen Hijosa, Alexia Tala, Nicole Vinokur and Tom Mower.


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