Fashion Projects #5 on Fashion Curation
Francesca Granata, Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies in ADHT, has edited the fifth issue of Fashion Projects—a non profit journal on fashion, art and visual culture that she founded. The issue is devoted to fashion curation, examining the meteoritic rise in relevance of fashion exhibitions.
It features interviews with an eclectic assortment of leading practitioners from different corners of the world. The issue includes long Q&As with Harold Koda, the longtime, recently retired curator of the Met’s Costume Institute, as well as the Museum at FIT’s veteran leader Valerie Steele. It also features interviews with curators in Antwerp (the ModeMuseum’s Kaat Debo), Toronto (Royal Ontario Museum’s Alexandra Palmer) and Venice (Maria Luisa Frisa); academics studying the field (Hazel Clark, Annamari Vänskä, and Alistair O’Neill); and, giving an on-the-ground perspective, the Met’s head conservator, Sarah Scaturro. The issue’s cover stars Greer Lankton’s sculptural representation of legendary Vogue editor and Costume Institute doyenne Diana Vreeland, who continues to loom over the field years after her death.
Fashion Projects was started in in New York in 2006 to highlight the importance of fashion within current critical discourses. It has received praise from The Columbia Review of Journalism, Style.com, The Paris Review, and Teen Vogue. Its previous issue presented the first full-scale exploration of fashion criticism, featuring long interviews with Robin Givhan, Suzy Menkes, Judith Thurman, Stefano Tonchi, Guy Trebay, and Lynn Yaeger. Past issues explored fashion’s relationship with art and memory.