Fashion and Psychoanalysis

14 Oct 2017 – 15 Oct 2017

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Tickets from £25 - £105

London, United Kingdom


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  • Finchley Road
  • Nearest tube: Finchley Road, 5 min walk from Museum
  • Finchley Road & Frognal , 5 min walk from Museum

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This conference brings together psychoanalytic thinkers and fashion experts to offer fresh perspectives in fashion thinking.


Speakers will address a wide range of themes connecting fashion, clothing, style and the body to psychoanalysis, creativity and unconscious emotional life. The conference will also explore the largely neglected role of fashion in clinical and mental health settings – aiming to address the many idiosyncrasies, taboos and paradoxes involved.

The second day will be dedicated to wellbeing and mental health in the context of fashion. Through research and clinical perspectives, it will invite you to unravel two rather paradoxical phenomena: the relative absence of psychology in the fashion world and the apparent absence of fashion in the clinical encounter. The conference will end with a panel discussion on ‘Enclothed cognition’.


SATURDAY 9.30 - 5.00
Fashion Thinking and Psychoanalysis

Zowie Broach (biog)
Introductory Thoughts

Valerie Steele (biog)
Freud and Fashion

Claire Pajaczkowska (biog)
In Fashion : Sexual Selection and the Fetish

Anouchka Grose (biog)
Ugliness+Time: Fashion and the Prisoners’ Dilemma

Shaun Cole (biog)
The ‘Great Masculine Renunciation’ Re-assessed

Philip Mann (biog)
The Dandy : Pathological Hero of Modernism

Caroline Evans (biog)
Denise Poiret and the Material Mnemonics of Fashion

Bella Freud (biog)
in conversation with Amanda Harlech (biog)

SUNDAY 10am - 1.30pm
Fashion, Psychology and the Clinical Encounter

Claire Pajaczkowska
Understanding 'Empathy by Design'

Katerina Fotopoulou (biog)
Body Imaging: Mentalising and Modifying our Bodily Appearance

Emilia Raczkowska (biog)
'There Remains the Area of Clothes' – Enclothed Cognition from the Lab to the Couch

Enclothed Cognition
Carolyn Mair, Anouchka Grose, Katerina Fotopoulou, Claire Pajaczkowska and others

Carolyn Mair (biog)
Closing Thoughts

Taking part

London College of Fashion


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