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Saturday University: From Factory to Fashion Blogs

May 12 2018

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

10 AM – 11:30 AM

An amazing spectrum of textile arts originated in Asia, the source of many weaving and dyeing techniques. Cotton and silk textiles, especially from India and China, have been major export trade items for a couple of millennia. Now textile manufacturing, textile arts, and fashion from Asia are shared globally in new ways. Become familiar with the textures of textiles, past and present, from trade to technique and design to labor.

Lectures are at the Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium.
No talk on May 5.

From Factory to Fashion Blogs (and back again)
Minh-Ha Pham, Pratt Institute

Since the early 1980s, Asian women and girls have been a key source of labor in the global industrial apparel economy. They are largely devalued, underpaid, and anonymous to fashion consumers.

By the mid-2000s, the idea of the Asian fashion worker expanded as fashion blogs by Asians—particularly in the UK, the US, and Asia—rose to prominence. Online fashion workers like bloggers Susie Bubble, BryanBoy, and Aimee Song are internationally known style influencers. Examining these two forms of fashion labor, Minh-Ha Pham will discuss how race and gender shape industrial and internet fashion economies, even as the conditions of these two kinds of racially gendered fashion labor are quite different.

About the Presenter

Minh-Ha Pham is an Associate Professor in Media Studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Her research examines how relations of race, gender, and capitalism shape, and are reshaped, by social media practices and platforms. Her writings appear in a wide range of publications including Social Text, American Quarterly, Jacobin, and The Atlantic. She is also the author of Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging (Duke University Press 2015).

Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies and Elliott Bay Book Company.


MAR 31

India's Global Textile Trade


Textiles of Southwest China: Artistry and Social Meaning

APR 14

Ikat Textiles from Indonesia and Malaysian Sarawak

APR 21

A Living Treasure of Japanese Textiles

APR 28

Fashionable Fripperies: The Decorative Trimming in 19th-Century China

MAY 12

From Factory to Fashion Blogs


206.442.8480 [email protected]

Series tickets available to the public January 30.
Full series tickets: $65; SAM members $35
Individual lecture tickets available at the door: $11, SAM members $6; free at the door for students with ID
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts, or your seat may be released.

Image: Duke University Press