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Clothing Memories – Seminar and Networking event, University of Westminster

Tuesday 18 June 2019, 16:00-20:00

Clothes are often trivialised but for many they are an important conduit to the past and provide connection with others. From a neuropsychological perspective, personal clothing supports and embodies our memories. It connects us to the past, supports our sense of identity, and unites us with others. People who are displaced from their homes (refugees, people in care, homeless people, prisoners) often lose their personal clothing or find that their clothes and other material possessions are disregarded. We argue that this has real consequences for cognitive and psychological health, as well as negatively impacting their sense of belonging.

Blue X ray image of clothing

Helen Barff ‘Marion’ 2019, cyanotype on fabric,102 x 76 cm

This forum brings together neuropsychologist Professor Catherine Loveday, artist Helen Barff, writer Suzy Joinson, and fashion curator Alison Moloney of the Centre for Fashion Curation to share their work on the importance of clothing as memory scaffolding in vulnerable populations. We will also hear from Tan, who escaped Vietnam 34 years ago on a boat, and arrived in the UK via a refugee camp. He will talk about the importance of clothing for him.

Presentations will be followed by an interdisciplinary panel discussion of speakers: Prof Julie Twigg (Professor of Social Policy at Kent University); Professor Steve Brown (Professor of Social and Organisational Policy at the Open University) and Nasrine Matin (Head of Reducing Reoffending at HMP Downview). The panel will discuss the relevance and impact of clothing in their own research and settings, as well as considering ways in which practice and policy might need to be changed.

The event will be followed by an informal networking session with refreshments and an opportunity to interact with some of our work.

The event is free but booking is essential by clicking on the Eventbrite link.

Tue, 18 June 2019, 16:00 – 20:00

At the University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, London, W1W 6UW


Cabinet Stories opens to the public

The Cabinet Stories project launched in early 2016 exploring fashion from different curatorial perspectives in the traditional museum setting of a cabinet.  The project, which is a collaboration between the Centre for Fashion Curation and the Social Responsibility team at LCF, visited communities that may experience disadvantage and has been displayed in a women’s prison, a mental health centre for people with borderline personality disorder, and an older people’s home. As it opens to the public this week in Poplar,  Curator Alison Moloney reflects on the project.

Cabinet Stories

Cabinet Stories, Photo by Hanna Puskarz

“I don’t have a gallery space so projects such as Cabinet Stories, which tour to the audience, are instinctive. My work also has a strong emphasis on widening participation and I explore different media outcomes – for example film with my project 1914 Now – to reach these audiences.

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