The Urban Catwalk Adds A Second Day!

REMINDER: The CPF application deadline for The Urban Catwalk is November 26th. We’re lucky to have received so many fabulous abstracts. So many that we’re adding a second day! That’s right: The Urban Catwalk will begin on Friday, April 22 and carry into Saturday, April 23rd. So plan your travel accordingly!

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UPDATE: The Deadline For The Urban Catwalk Is Friday, November 26th !!!


hey there, stylistas –

there’s been a ton of confusion over the dates for The Urban Catwalk, and we’d just like to clarify that the deadline for submissions is November 26th, 2010. So please, feel free to continue submitting abstracts. Tell all your friends. And most of all, be sure that your abstracts are really on point, because the selected papers are also being considered for an edited volume of the conference preceedings.

so put your best outfit forward!

yours – madison + alex

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Caroline Weber to Keynote The Urban Catwalk

I am very pleased to announce that Caroline Weber will give the Keynote Address at The Urban Catwalk.  Caroline Weber received her Ph.D. in French literature from Yale University (1998) and her BA in Literature from Harvard University (summa cum laude, 1991). Weber is a specialist in eighteenth-century French literature and culture, with particular emphasis on the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. More recently, she published Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the French Revolution (Henry Holt, 2006/Picador, 2007). A study of the political impact of Marie-Antoinette’s controversial clothing choices, Queen of Fashion made the LA Times best-seller list and was selected as a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times and a Best Book of the Year by Washington Post Book World and Borders Books and Music. Queen of Fashion has already been published in multiple paperback print runs and appeared in several European and Latin American translations; it is currently being translated for a Chinese edition. Her articles have been published in The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Vogue, and W magazines.

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Alex Tudela Joins The Urban Catwalk As Conference Co-Chair

Alex Tudela is a first-year graduate student in the American Studies Master of Arts program at Columbia University.  His interests are within urban studies, fashion studies, mid-twentieth century history, and popular culture.  He graduated with a B.A. in American Civilization from Brown University.  At Columbia, Alex will work on intellectualizing the street style blog.

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Call for Papers: Fashion and Street Culture Symposium at Yale

The Urban Catwalk: Fashion and Street Culture

APRIL 23 2011 | Yale University |  New Haven, Connecticut

300 word abstracts and bios due by: October 15th, 2010

Please email all questions and abstracts to madison moore, madison.moore@yale.edu

What is street style, and what is the relationship between style, “the street,” and popular culture? How have the Internet, digital cameras and other technologies impacted how we understand the way we dress? How old is street style, and why do so many people care about the way other people dress? In what ways does street style engage with broader issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality?

The Urban Catwalk: Fashion and Street Culture, a one-day symposium at Yale University, aims to investigate and openly discuss the relationships between street style and identity. We are interested in papers that approach street style from a contemporary lens, but also encourage papers with more of an historical perspective.

Every character in a work of fiction tells a story, and more often than not, the clothes they wear are as crucial to their personalities and interests as to their internal development in the plot. Whether high end or mass market, fashion is a daily performance of identities and subjectivities. Street fashion tells a personal narrative about one’s dreams, fantasies, fears and struggles. From Marie Antoinette to Lady Gaga, and from Napoleon Bonaparte to Prince, fashion is used as an instrument of rebellion and commentary on social norms.

The goal of The Urban Catwalk is to show not only how vital fashion is to our daily lives, but to also demonstrate how it impacts the way we understand the cities and neighborhoods we live in. Skinny jeans and Cuban heels are all the rage in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but it’s Khakis and dress shirts on the Upper East Side. In this way, The Urban Catwalk will contextualize and historicize street fashions within the broader realm of popular culture and the urban experience.

Over the course of a single day, The Urban Catwalk will partner 20 minute academic presentations from a range of disciplines. We are committed to a conference that blends the intellectual with an ear to the ground. In this way, we will hold a panel discussion with editors from a number of major fashion publications about how they understand the intellectual work street style does. We close the conference with a special street style fashion show at Artspace Gallery in Downtown New Haven, where real-people models will showcase their street style.

We solicit rigorous, 20-minute presentations treating various aspects of street fashion.

Topics may include:

– Street style and Contemporary art
– Dandies
– The flaneur
– Style blogs and the Internet
– Urban versus suburban style
– Hipsters and neo-bohemia
– Goth, punk, and skate culture
– Street style and hip hop culture
– Fashion magazines and the street
– Male androgyny; men in high heels
– Street style in media
– How to figure out a style persona; rules and boundaries
– Lady Gaga, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Andre J., and other pop icons
– Japanese street fashion
– Street style in literature
– LGBTQ identity and street style
– Models
– Street style in the 19th century
– Fashion designers
– Ready-to-wear
– Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, and trend spotters
– Vogueing, ball culture
– Sex and the City and street style


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