Fashion and Feminism: A Symposium Inspired by Berthe Morisot
Oct 20
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Fashion and Feminism: A Symposium Inspired by Berthe Morisot

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In this symposium inspired by our Berthe Morisot exhibition, curators, scholars, and designers explore the complicated relationship between feminism and fashion. Mainstream feminism has long argued that the pursuit of fashion is inherently oppressive for women—from the fussy 19th-century ensembles depicted by Berthe Morisot to the sexualized styles pervading today’s pop culture. In recent decades, however, a more inclusive, intersectional feminism has opened up a way of thinking about fashion as a powerful form of self-definition and political expression. Hardly restrictive, fashion is now viewed as a versatile tool with enormous potential for subverting expectations around gender and sexuality; for delivering sharp political statements; and for asserting one’s own agency in a culture that constantly wants to prescribe what women should be. The afternoon concludes with a reception and feminist fashion show across the Parkway at Moore College of Art & Design-free for ticket holders