What Happened in 1917?: Fashion and the Revolution

As part of The Future Remains: Revisiting Revolution, Calvert 22 Foundation is hosting a series of lively debates throughout 2017 on the lasting impact of the “ten days that shook the world”.

The What Happened in 1917? series has brought together leading UK scholars and theorists with their counterparts from across the New East for critical exploration of both the legacy of the Russian Revolution and how perspectives on the event have shifted over the last 100 years.

Join us for the last discussion in the series, which will delve into the Revolution’s impact on fashion and style. Examining the question from a range of perspectives, the discussion will address changing approaches to fashion from the Revolution to the present day.

Fashion and the Revolution

This panel discussion will address the enduring impact of the Russian Revolution on fashion and style over the past century. How did its ideology change the way people dressed and perceived fashion?  How did fashion serve the new Soviet order?

From formal ways of dressing to Constructivist ideas on clothing, the discussion will explore Soviet fashion from an economic, social and cultural perspective, looking at both its achievements and the many challenges it had to face.

Participating speakers:

Jukka Gronow, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Uppsala University

PhD in Social Sciences, Member of the advisory boards of the journals Food, Culture and Society and Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory. Jukka has directed and taken part in several major research projects including Cultural Inertia and Social Change in Russia, funded by the Academy of Finland, and A Day of Eating in the Nordic Countries, funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. A member of the International Advisory Board of the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology at the European University at St Petersburg. Author of Caviar with Champagne: Common Luxury and the Ideals of the Good Life in Stalin’s Russia and co-author of Fashion Meets Socialism: Fashion Industry in the Soviet Union after the Second World War.

Djurdja Bartlett, Reader in Histories and Cultures of Fashion at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London

Djurdja has widely published and lectured on the theme of fashion during socialism and post-socialism. She is the author of FashionEast: The Spectre that Haunted Socialism and editor of the volume on eastern Europe, Russia and the Caucasus in the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (2010).

Djurdja’s new monograph European Fashion Histories: Style, Society, Politics is published by Bloomsbury Academic (2018).

Djurdja is founder and co-coordinator of the Transnational Fashion Research Hub, launched with the conference on Fashion and Politics (July 2017, LCF, UAL).   

Anastasia Koro, PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University of London

Anastasia’s research focuses on Russian Formalist and Constructivist aesthetic theory, while she also teaches European literature.

Anastasia is a founder and organiser of the Russian Literary Salon in London, whose membership is primarily academic and which convenes regularly to discuss Russian Modernist literature.

Moderated by:

Jana Melkumova-Reynolds, PhD candidate in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London and journalist

Writer, editor and fashion consultant based in London. Over the last 13 years, Jana has contributed to a variety of consumer, business and academic publications on fashion, including SHOWstudio, Fashion Theory, Vogue, GQ, and Business of Fashion. Her research interests include embodiment, gender, medical humanities, and fashion as a workplace. She is a member of the organising committee of Fashion // Intersections conference, and an editor-at-large of WeAr magazine. She is currently co-editing a volume provisionally entitled Bodies in Flux, to be published by Brill in 2017, which examines the body and identity in the post-digital world.


Photos below all courtesy of Djurdja Bartlett, from FashionEast: the Spectre That Haunted Socialism, MIT Press, 2010

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