Exploration Project of the HfK – Lecture by Karen Van Godtsenhoven

Exploration Project of the HfK – Lecture by Karen Van Godtsenhoven

Lecture series / 06.06.2023

A lecture in the series "The Exploration Project of the HfK: From Analogue Principles to Hybrid Practices – Fashion Analogue and Digital“.

Fashion Creation as an Embodied Practice: Of Patterns, Bodies and Exhibitions

This lecture by Dra. Karen Van Godtsenhoven (Ghent University) will unpack the themes running through her work as a fashion curator and researcher: from the patterns of Azzedine Alaïa by Thomas Demand, to the influence of the kimono on Western fashions by Madeleine Vionnet and Cristobal Balenciaga, to game-changing approaches to the dressed body by self-taught designers.

She will also talk about the embodied knowledge of postmodern female designers, which is the topic of her current PhD research ("Woman must dress herself") at Ghent University. Looking at some of the concepts ("ma" and abstraction, écriture féminine) underlying several of her exhibitions and publications, this talk and conversation with Prof. Dorothea Mink will explore new avenues for looking at and thinking through fashion as both an embodied and physical practice as well as a discursive, semiotic practice.

Karen Van Godtsenhoven

Karen is a PhD-researcher, author and curator of fashion with a specialization in gender and feminist theoretical perspectives. With an MA in English and Comparative Literature Studies and one in Women’s Studies, she has worked as a curator at the Modemuseum Antwerpen (2009-2017) and The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2017-2021) and is currently working on a PhD (“Woman must dress herself”: the poetics of female fashion designers 1962-2010) at Ghent University, supervised by Prof. Maude Bass-Krueger. She has edited and written over fifteen exhibition catalogs, including Camp: Notes on fashion, Fashion Game Changers: Reinventing the 20th century silhouette, Living Fashion: Women’s Daily Wear 1750-1950, Kimono Style and recently contributed an essay to House of Card by Thomas Demand (Museum M, 2021). She is currently working on an exhibition at The Costume Institute, MMA and an exhibition on fashion and motherhood at the MMH.

06.06.2023, 6 p.m.

Ship Dauerwelle, jetty Tiefer 1 (close to Schnoor), 28195 Bremen


The lecture is part of the ADRIFT-Reihe auf der Dauerwelle.

Be aware: The access isn't barrier free.

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Exploration Project of the HfK – Lecture by Karen Van Godtsenhoven

Ship Dauerwelle, jetty Tiefer 1, 28195 Bremen

06. June 2023, 18:00