Invisible Men Conference

Groves Andrew and Sprecher, D. 2019. Invisible Men Conference . Invisible Men Conference. Ambika P3 29 - 29 Oct 2019

TitleInvisible Men Conference
AuthorsGroves Andrew and Sprecher, D.
Abstract

This one-day conference will coincide with the exhibition Invisible Men: An anthology from the Westminster Menswear Archive, a major exhibition exploring menswear from the beginning of the 20th century to the current day. The exhibition will feature over 170 garments and will be the largest menswear exhibition to have taken place in the UK.
Both in museums of the decorative arts or dedicated fashion museums, menswear, and the history of menswear are significantly underrepresented. Despite the explosion in fashion exhibitions over the last 45 years, menswear is still comparatively marginalised or excluded from the history of dress. Its inclusion often framed only in the well-worn tropes of the ‘dandy’ or ‘peacock’.

Why has menswear been ignored for so long? Why is menswear absent from the museums of fashion and the decorative arts? What is it about the aesthetics and design process of menswear that makes it resistant to investigation in comparison to womenswear?

The speakers featured in this conference will examine these issues and propose new ways of interpreting and framing menswear that addresses its fundamental differences in design processes that makes it distinct from womenswear.

Speakers include:
• Professor Alistair O’Neill, Central Saint Martins
• Professor Jonathan Faiers, Winchester School of Art
• Dr Jeffrey Horsley, London College of Fashion
• Professor Andrew Groves, University of Westminster
• Dr Danielle Sprecher, University of Westminster
• Dr Shaun Cole, Winchester School of Art
• Ben Whyman, London College of Fashion
• Mairi MacKenzie, Glasgow School of Art
• Nick Sellars, Northumbria University
• Joe Hunter and Adam Thorpe, Vexed Generation

The conference will explore key themes concerning the exhibition, including:
• Expressions of working-class identity within British menswear
• Beyond the dandy and the peacock
• Representation of menswear in British Art: from Hockney to Lecky
• The invisible codes of British menswear
• Manufacturing authenticity in menswear design
• The future of exhibiting Menswear in museums and costume collections

KeywordsMenswear
Dress
Year2019
ConferenceInvisible Men Conference
Web address (URL) of conference proceedingshttps://www.invisiblemenexhibition.com/
Web address (URL)https://www.invisiblemenexhibition.com/

Related outputs

Invisible Men: An Anthology from the Westminster Menswear Archive
Sprecher, Danielle and Groves, Andrew 2019. Invisible Men: An Anthology from the Westminster Menswear Archive . Ambika P3, London

Invisible Men: An Anthology from the Westminster Menswear Archive
Groves Andrew and Sprecher, D. 2019. Invisible Men: An Anthology from the Westminster Menswear Archive.

Fashionable Yorkshire – Five Centuries of Style
Sprecher, D. and Raw, Natalie 2017. Fashionable Yorkshire – Five Centuries of Style. Lotherton Hall, Leeds Museums and Galleries

The Overworked Body: An Anthology of 2000s Dress Curated by Matthew Linde
Linde, Matthew and Groves, Andrew 2017. The Overworked Body: An Anthology of 2000s Dress Curated by Matthew Linde. Goethe Institut, 38 Ludlow Street New York, NY 10002

Well Dressed Men: From Montague Burton to Topman
Sprecher, D. 2016. Well Dressed Men: From Montague Burton to Topman. in: Selby, Elizabeth (ed.) Moses, Mods and Mr Fish: The Menswear Revolution London Jewish Museum London. pp. 79-88

Fashion for the High Street: The Design and Making of Menswear in Leeds 1945-1980
Sprecher, D. 2016. Fashion for the High Street: The Design and Making of Menswear in Leeds 1945-1980. PhD thesis University of Leeds School of History

Symposium: The Vanishing Art of Camouflage
Groves, Andrew 2016. Symposium: The Vanishing Art of Camouflage .

The Vanishing Art of Camouflage
Groves, Andrew and Leach, Robert 2016. The Vanishing Art of Camouflage.

Tailored: A Very British Fashion
Sprecher, D. and Raw, Natalie 2015. Tailored: A Very British Fashion.

ARCHETYPES
Leach, Robert and Groves, Andrew 2015. ARCHETYPES . London Gallery West, The Forum, University of Westminster Watford Road, Northwick Park, Middlesex HA1 3TP

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