Aesthetics Fashion Psychology Conference

Aesthetics, Psychology, and Fashion in London, United Kingdom

Aesthetics Fashion Psychology Conference

Aesthetics, Psychology, and Fashion in London, United Kingdom

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The Centre for Aesthetics at the University of Leeds and the London College of Fashion are pleased to announce the hosting of an interdisciplinary conference on the aesthetic and psychological issues raised by fashion. The conference is sponsored by the British Society of Aesthetics, the British Psychological Society and Home Counties Branch.

In recent years, philosophical aesthetics has been invigorated by an engagement with the cognitive sciences. It has also benefitted from close attention to the workings of particular forms and media. This conference seeks to follow in that path by bringing together philosophical aestheticians and fashion experts with psychologists, in order to explore a range of issues in the area.

Fashion is an important global economy worth £26 billion per year in the UK alone. London College of Fashion is committed to using fashion to drive change and improve lives and as a result of their commitment, they have developed the world’s only Masters courses to apply psychology in the broad context of fashion.

Historically, fashion has been ignored by psychologists, philosophers and aestheticians. However the burgeoning interest in and development of the ethical and sustainable fashion movement, issues of diversity, ‘beauty’ and problems around body image, suggest that there are substantive issues within the fashion world that would benefit from attention from psychologists.

The conference is aimed at promoting psychological and philosophical study, research and discussion of the aesthetic aspects of fashion. More broadly, we see this conference as contributing to the research of everyday aesthetics, as well as offering a distinctive participatory model for interdisciplinary work involving philosophers, psychologists and fashion researchers. This conference will bring together philosophical aestheticians, cognitive psychologists and fashion experts to explore a range of issues in the area. Moreover, the event will be open to an invited audience, academics, students and the public to maximize engagement and impact.