Jurk genaamd London Dress nr. 43 uit de collectie van de Indiase modeontwerper Manish Arora, eigenaar van de firma Three Clothing Pvt.Ltd. Delhi.
India , Zuid-Azië
106,5 x 60 x 36cm (41 15/16 x 23 5/8 x 14 3/16in.)


Local Fashion Communities
University of Antwerp, Belgium
Fashion can be an important engine in the environmentally, culturally and economical sustainable development of communities with the potential to be a crucial element in the cultural ecosystem that nourishes identity formation. As central theme of this academic conference, we would like to explore the contribution of small and medium fashion companies to the sustainable development of their local communities. As in the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity from 2005, we consider cultural diversity, and thus fashion systems, not only as a side effect, but also as an engine in sustainable development. Moreover, we consider fashion as an economic ecosystem in which designers play a crucial role. Nonetheless, designers are all too often only a fragment of an extended value chain, from producer to consumer, that reflects a multi-trillion dollar industry employing an estimated 26 million people globally (Hines & Bruce 2007). This economic ecosystem operates both globally and locally according to its own dominant logics. Nonetheless, in the current western-dominant fashion system, a few powerhouses have managed to install a race to the bottom in which excrescences such as inhumane labor circumstances, mass consumerism and disposable fashion are egregious side-effects.

Posted 24 July 2016

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With this 4th edition of the NWFC, we want to focus on alternatives for this western-dominant framework and bridge the gap between cultural studies and fashion management, and between studies of European and non-European fashion systems. Different themes will be discussed such as ‘how to build a distinct local fashion identity’, ‘how to keep manufacturing and distribution local and/or sustainable’ and ‘how to offer an alternative to the international fashion powerhouses’. How can independent high-end designers compete with international power houses and establish a distinct fashion identity in a commodity market? How can they keep fashion production, skills and knowledge close to home? These are pressing topics, both in Europe and beyond. Translated to a macro fashion community level, these matters add up to the key topic of this fourth edition. How can local fashion communities contribute to sustainable development and the evolution of cultural identities?
You can register online by going to the following link:
Early bird bookings is until the 1st of September, regular bookings for presenters until the 1st of October and all other participants before the 15th of November 2016.
Conference fees
Phd students: 90 euro
Early bird booking: 130 euro
Regular booking: 200 euro

Early bird bookings is until the 1st of September, regular bookings for presenters until the 1st of October and all other participants before the 15th of November 2016.

Address of the Venue
University of Antwerp
Grauwzusters Cloister
Stadscampus – Building S
Lange Sint-Annastraat 7
2000 Antwerpen
Organizational team
Prof. dr. Annick Schramme (University of Antwerp / Antwerp Management School)
Joke Schrauwen (University of Antwerp)
Sofie Jacobs (University of Antwerp/Antwerp Management School)
Prof. dr. Ian King (London College of Fashion)
MoMu (Fashion Museum Antwerp)
Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts
Flanders Fashion Institute
On the city of Antwerp and the University of Antwerp
Antwerp is the largest city in Flanders, the northern region of Belgium. It is a historic town, located on the river Scheldt (Schelde), and is a bustling trade, artistic and cultural centre with an international atmosphere. Besides fashion, Antwerp is known for its role in the diamond trade, as well as for being a city of painters (including Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens, not to mention contemporary artists such as Panamarenko, Jan Fabre and Luc Tuymans). Since the late 1980s, Antwerp has been put on the fashion map with the ‘Antwerp Six’ and the Fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and has been a harbour for creative independent designers as Walter Van Beirendonck, Raf Simons, Dries van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester and A.F. Vandervorst.
The conference will take place at the City Campus of the University of Antwerp. The department of Management, Cultural management, at the University of Antwerp is a multidisciplinary research unit involved in education and research into cultural management and policy. Besides Prof. Schramme is also leading the Competence Centre Creative Industries at the Antwerp Management School. Members of both research groups study the fashion industry intensively: Sofie Jacobs finishes her PHD on the dominant logics in this industry (fall 2016); Joke Schrauwen and prof. Schramme have studied the impact of fashion on the city of Antwerp and mechanisms of the country of origin effects in fashion. Prof. Schramme is chief editor of the handbook ‘Fashion Management’ and organizes yearly the international summer school Fashion Management, held at the University of Antwerp/ Antwerp Management School. She is also the president of ENCATC, the European Network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy.

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