By a Thread. The Ambiguous Ways in which Fashion Advances Social Justice

image: ‘Gisela Schober/Getty Images for Cinema for Peace’

Fashion is considered as one of the most reprehensible industries in terms of social rights and environmental impact. However, the trends and lifestyles it promotes are highly influential, especially among the youth. What happens when fashion deals with a global issue such as contemporary forced migrations? This talk investigates jointly three series of fashion productions that resonate with three series of artworks. It draws the thin line between tribute, activism and emancipation on the one hand, and human rights washing, cultural appropriation and disrespect for victims, on the other hand.

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Elsa Gomis holds a Critical PhD by Practice in Film Studies from the University of East Anglia. She teaches European Cinema at Oxford Department of Modern Languages and is a Visiting Researcher at Maison Française of Oxford where she co-organises the webinar series New Imaginaries of Migration.

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