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Fashion and Street Culture @ Yale University

Today, street style blogs are some of the most popular sites on the Internet. But what is street style? And what is the relationship between style, streets, and pop culture? How have the Internet, digital cameras and other technologies impacted how we understand the way we dress?  Why do so many people care about the way other people dress?

The Urban Catwalk: Fashion and Street Culture, a two-day symposium at Yale University, aims to investigate the relationships between street style and identity.

Whether high end or mass market, fashion is a daily performance of identity. Street fashion tells a personal narrative about one’s dreams, fantasies, fears and struggles. From Marie Antoinette to Lady Gaga, and from Napoleon Bonaparte to Prince, fashion is used as an instrument of rebellion and commentary on social norms.

Come hear 20 minute presentations from a range of disciplines, including a special guest panel with celebrity stylist and founding fashion director of Vibe Michaela angela Davis, Guy Trebay of the New York TimesChioma Nnadi of Vogue, and Jimmy Webb of New York City’s Trash and Vaudeville. Our conference blends the intellectual with an ear to the ground. We close the conference out with a street style fashion show, where real-people models will showcase what street style means to them.

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