Who Are You Wearing? Fashion and the Social Sciences
This inaugural lecture presented by Parsons The New School for Design and The New School for Social Research, features Elizabeth Wilson and Arjun Appadurai speaking about fashion as both a social phenomenon and as actual material objects.
Created to open up a dialogue between major figures from the fields of design and the social sciences, this lecture series highlights The New School's commitment to the study of the intersection these disciplines.
Dr. Appadurai is a prominent contemporary social-cultural anthropologist, having formerly served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at The New School in NYC. He has held various professorial chairs and visiting appointments at some of top institutions in the United States and Europe. In addition, he has served on several scholarly and advisory bodies in the United States, Latin America, Europe and India. Dr. Appadurai is a prolific writer having authored numerous books and scholarly articles. The nature and significance of his contributions throughout his academic career have earned him the reputation as a leading figure in his field.
Elizabeth Wilson is a fashion scholar whose 1985 book Adorned in Dreams: Fashion and Modernity was the first book on the field of fashion studies. She has taught cultural studies for ten years and regularly writes and speaks on the topic.