The central question of this seminar is the relation between fashion and national identity. Clothes have served in different ways to represent a nation, often in ambiguous and paradoxical ways. But what connects clothes to a nation: the designer’s nationality, the production of clothes, or what people wear? Historians, cultural scholars, museum curators and journalists reflect on how clothes reproduce, shape and question national identity.
Programme 13.00-13.10 Introduction by Anneke Smelik and Javier Gimeno-Martínez 13.10-13.30 Javier Gimeno-Martínez (VU) 'Index, symbol, performance: connecting fashion and nation' 13.30-13.50 Sophie Elpers (Meertens Institute) 'In search of the vernacular: a short introduction on national sentiments and everyday culture between the 19th and the 21st century' 13.50-4.10 Maaike Feitsma (AMFI-HvA) 'Dressed in clogs and denim: branding the Dutch nation' 14.10-14.40 Discussion 14.40-15.00 COFFEE BREAK 15.00-15.20 Anneke Smelik (RU Nijmegen) 'The paradoxes of Dutch fashion: local, global and glocal' 15.20-15.40 Madelief Hohé (Gemeentemuseum Den Haag) 'Secret stories on Dutch Fashion from the Museum Archives: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag’ 15.40-16.00 Milou van Rossum (modejournaliste) 'A short history of five successful modern Dutch garments’ 16.00-16.30 Discussion 16.30-17.00 DRINKS Info Date: June 19, 2017 Time: 13:00 to 17:00 (including reception) Place: Lecture theater 13A-33, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Main building