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The Personal, Fashionable and Archival Spaces of Hair

November 17, 2016

Registration is now open for the next Fashion Research Network symposium, 'The Personal, Fashionable and Archival Spaces of Hair', to be held at Somerset House (London) to accompany the wonderful new exhibition of Shonagh Marshall on Sam McKnight!


Of all the body’s components, hair is perhaps the most ambiguous, being both corporeal and in many ways as much a fashion accessory as a bag, shoe or hat. Hair is an intrinsic yet expendable aspect of the self; an organic entity that we may alter almost infinitely. We cut, shape, and style it in order to transform an image, or regenerate an identity. In so doing we negotiate many, unspoken social and cultural rules. Away from the body, hair evokes mortality, histories, or serves as a keepsake, a reminder of the bodies to which it was once attached. The speakers featured in this interdisciplinary symposium will draw on the many meanings and connections of hair, by variously examining three arenas in which it may be considered: the personal space of the salon, the visual space of artistic practice and the archival space of the museum.


Contributions by: Dr Sarah Cheang (Royal College of Art), Shonagh Marshall (Curator Hair by Sam McKnight), Dr Alice Beard (Kingston University), Beatrice Behlen (Museum of London), Dr Geraldine Biddle-Perry (Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design)



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