Francesca Granata, “Why Fashion Criticism Matters”
Francesca Granata founded the non-profit journal Fashion Projects in New York in 2005. Through interviews with designers, critics and curators, it serves as a platform to highlight the importance of fashion in current critical discourses. This talk will focus on its most recent print issue, which examined fashion criticism through interviews with leading critics in the U.S. and beyond. Started in the “women’s section” of newspapers, fashion criticism is still undergoing the process of legitimization that other realms of popular cultures criticism, such as film and music criticism, went through in the 1960s and 1970s—a process that is complicated by the changes that criticism itself is rapidly undergoing. The talk will address the history and present state of fashion criticism and the reason it has remained understudied and undervalued until recently.
Francesca Granata is a fashion historian, theorist and curator. She is Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons and holds a Ph.D from Central Saint Martins. She is founder and editor of the non-profit journal Fashion Projects. A NYFA sponsored project, it has received grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Granata’s publications include the co-authored book Bernhard Willhelm and Jutta Kraus (NAi Publishers, 2010), as well as articles in Fashion Theory, The Journal of Design History, and Form Magazine. Her monograph,Experimental Fashion: Performance Art, Carnival and the Grotesque Body, is forthcoming from IB Tauris in 2015. She has lectured at institutions including the Benaki Museum in Athens, MoMA PS1, and Università IUAV di Venezia.