Who is a Fashion Victim?

Fashion Cultures Parsons

Dr. Alison Matthews David took us on a fabulous journey through the toxic history of dress, in both myth and reality, during her lecture Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present. If Dr. Moon revealed the truth of contemporary production of fast fashion in her presentation few weeks ago, Dr. David traced the issues of manufacturing back to the 18th century by claiming, “Clothing has been the cause of death, disease and madness throughout history, by accident and design.”[1] That struck me as particularly intriguing, because instead of being paralyzed by guilt and feeling hopeless, I felt a sort of relief from socioeconomic pressures. I was able to step out of the box and review heavy global topics from a new perspective, as Dr. David interconnected medical science, art history, material culture, curatorial practice and other disciplines in her research.

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