This special issue of SCAN: Journal of Media Arts Culture will explore new directions in fashion and design with regard to screen media, media convergence, cross media/creative collaborations and hybrid media and design aesthetics. While fashion media has been a stalwart of print media — books, magazines, and journals — in the digital era it represents a dynamic site of transformation. The new decade has witnessed a plethora of fashion films: satire (Bruno); bio-pics (Coco-Avant Chanel); documentary (The September Issue and Valentino: The Last Emperor) and fashion film cross-productions (Tom Ford’s A Single Man). Established fashion houses turn to cinema auteurs (Baz Luhrmann, David Lynch and Ridley Scott) for co-branding in fashion and fragrance advertising. At the same time, emerging designers are exploiting digital media to launch their collections: YouTube, streaming media and ‘catwalk’ films. Karl Lagerfield on Twitter and Scott Schuman’s The Sartorialist blog push fashion media into Web 2.0; while in architecture and design, the Prada ‘flagship’ stores (Rem Koolhaas, Herzog & de Meuron) and Chanel’s portable ‘containers’ (Zaha Hadid) explore the spatiality of fashion media.
Our call for papers extends to writers, scholars, designers and practitioners engaged with fashion, design, media, branding and consumer culture. It includes options to submit both refereed articles and/or information articles.
Contributors may consider (but are not restricted to) the following themes:
Fashion Media and…
Fashion on film (features & documentary)
Catwalk / Runway films
Experimental fashion films
Web 2.0; Twitter, Blogs
Art & fashion collaborations
Architecture and branded environments
Television (reality TV, drama, docu-drama)
Model ‘slash’ actors & performance (eg. Leigh Lezark, Gemma Ward, Lily Cole)
The politics of ‘Fat Fashion’ (e.g. Beth Ditto, Mark Fast)
Trends in fashion advertising & branding
Papers (including a 200-300 word abstract) should be emailed to the editors by no later than Tuesday, 1st June 2010.
Full articles will adhere to the submission guidelines for SCAN and be emailed as a Word document attachment to the editors. Additional media, such as video or images should be emailed as separate attachments with placement indicators in the article.
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