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A morning on fashion, literature and protest: past & present

From the best fashion literature to protests and polemics, and even to Jane Austen's last-surviving garment.

Session I:
Fashioning Protest

Investigating the power of words to incite imagination and provoke response, Vogue Australia’s Sustainability Editor-At-Large, Clare Press, speaks on her most recent publication Rise and Resist: How to Change the World (2018).

To further understand the important role of ‘change makers’ in fashion – those resisting and disrupting from within – Press is joined by Ollie Henderson, model, social activist and founder, House of Riot, for an in-depth examination of protest in design and consumption.

Session II:
Fashion Book Club

Fashion Book Club dives deep into the relationship between literature and fashion, exploring the way in which narratives can focus on, employ the devices of, and establish an identity for, fashion.

Dolla Merrillees (respected cultural leader and author), Kelly Doust (author, lifestyle publisher and vintage fashion enthusiast) and SCCI’s Director Dr Gene Sherman explore dress in literature, amplifying the reader’s ability to inhabit past, present and future cultures and landscapes.

Session III:
Jane Austen’s Pelisse

“I cannot determine what to do about my new Gown; I wish such things were to be bought ready made.” – Jane Austen’s letter to her sister Cassandra, December 25, 1798.

Join dress historian Hilary Davidson for Jane Austen’s Pelisse, an interactive deconstruction of Regency dress. Witty, erudite, inventive and often subversive, Austen described the world of English landed gentry with signature dispassionate irony. The much-loved Emma (1815), Persuasion (1817) and Pride and Prejudice (1813) have been adapted countless times for theatre and screen.

Davidson explores Austen’s fleeting descriptions of dress, makes use of historical fashion plates and brings to life Austin herself via a replica of the one surviving garment attributed to the author’s personal wardrobe.

Capacity: 50



Saturday 6 April 2019 from 2pm to 5pm

Bookings are essential due to high demand.


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