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Visiting Scholar Series v.004

23 August in S02_3.12, 6:00 - 7:30pm

House of Fashion

Dr Jess Berry is Senior Lecturer in Design History and Theory at Monash University, Melbourne. Her research is concerned with intersections between fashion, interior design, architecture and the fashion city. Berry’s recent publications include 'Mode of a Modern Muse: Fashion and Interior in Edouard Vuillard's Paintings of Misa Natanson' in Designing the French Interior (Bloomsbury 2015); articles in the Journal of Design History, Craft + Design Enquiry, and Critical Studies in Men's Fashione. Her most recent project is the monograph, House of Fashion: Haute Couture and the Modern Interior (Bloomsbury 2018).


Book Talk: House of Fashion

Taking us from the early years of haute couture to the luxury fashion of the present day, this book explores how the salon, the atelier and the boutique have allowed fashion to move beyond the aesthetics of dress, to embrace the visual seduction of the theatrical, artistic, and the exotic. From the Art Deco allure of Coco Chanel's Maison to the luminous spaces of contemporary flagship stores, House of Fashion sets out fashion's links with key figures in architecture and design. Drawing on photographs, advertisements, paintings and illustrations, this interdisciplinary study examines how fashionable interiors have shaped our understanding of architecture, dress, and style.