Pattern cutting techniques & Kawaii – Special lectures at Bunka Next week

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Kawaii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We hear this overly-used word every day. It’s a word that means a million things but really nothing at the same time. A baby can be kawaii, but so can a piece of cabbage. How can we define this silly little expression?! Bunka Gakuen is pleased to invite Dr. Toby Slade, author of the book Japanese Fashion: A cultural history (Berg, 2009) to give a lecture on the topic.

Toby Slade is an Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo researching Asian modernity and the history and theory of fashion. His previous research has focused on Asian responses to modernity seen through art objects of the everyday like fashion, the suit and its role in modernity, the ideas of style and the classic, and the governing dynamics of systems of fashion. His doctoral research at the University of Sydney examined the Modernity of Japanese clothing and the implications of that unique sartorial history for contemporary theories of fashion. He also lectures at Keio University and has lectured at the University of Technology Sydney in fashion history and theory. 

For some prerequisite reading, please read Sharon Kinsella’s 1995 essay “Cuties in Japan” !

20thBefore Dr. Slade’s lecture, on Monday April 20th in A151 from 6-7 pm, we will invite Jean-Philippe Vauclair, 6th generation head of the Parisian pattern cutting school AICP. His lecture is titled “The world of Creative Pattern Techniques and its charm”. It will be given in French, with Japanese interpretation.
Founded in 1830 by a syndicate of artisan tailors, the AICP has been training specialists in menswear and womenswear (custom-made and industrial clothing manufacturers) using its own geometric construction methodology in patternmaking (Vauclair-Darroux formula) for 180 years. This exclusive one-of-a-kind formula was originally developed in association with tailors and dressmakers to perfect the art of garment construction and assembly. The Vauclair-Darroux formula was later adapted to meet the needs of the international ever-changing ready-to-wear textile and apparel industries’. This highly specialised mathematical formula resolves all garment construction difficulties and challenges. In collaboration with state-of-the-art construction techniques and technologies (in grading, alterations and transformations), the Vauclair-Darroux formula will provide greater efficiency, speed and precision.
If you wish to attend these lectures, and I hope you do, please go to the ICC (F building 3rd floor) and sign up ASAP! Spaces are limited and they are almost full. If you are not a Bunka student and wish to attend, please get in touch and we might be able to work something out .