Fashion and National Identity

The Research Institute CLUE+, the Department of Arts & Culture, History and Antiquity, and the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis cordially invite you to the afternoon seminar ‘Fashion and National Identity’ organized by Dr. Javier Gimeno-Martínez (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and Prof. Dr. Anneke Smelik (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen), which will be held on Monday June 19, 2017, from 13:00 – 17:00 hrs. at Room 13A-33 (VU Main building, 13th floor).

‘Fashion and National Identity’

Date: June 19, 2017
Time: 13:00 to 17:00 (including reception)
Place: Lecture theater 13A-33, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Main building
Registration: There is no seminar fee, but you have to register for the conference. Registration deadline: June 12, 2017

The central question of this seminar is the relation between fashion and national identity. Clothes have served in different ways to represent a nation, often in ambiguous and paradoxical ways. But what connects clothes to a nation:  the designer’s nationality, the production of clothes, or what people wear? Historians, cultural scholars, museum curators and journalists reflect on how clothes reproduce, shape and question national identity.


13.00-13.10 Introduction by Anneke Smelik and Javier Gimeno-Martínez

13.10-13.30 Javier Gimeno-Martínez (VU)

‘Index, symbol, performance: connecting fashion and nation’

13.30-13.50 Sophie Elpers (Meertens Institute)

‘In search of the vernacular: a short introduction on national sentiments and everyday culture between the 19th and the 21st century’

13.50-4.10 Maaike Feitsma (AMFI-HvA)

‘Dressed in clogs and denim: branding the Dutch nation’

14.10-14.40 Discussion

14.40-15.00 COFFEE BREAK

15.00-15.20 Anneke Smelik (RU Nijmegen)

‘The paradoxes of Dutch fashion: local, global and glocal’

15.20-15.40 Madelief Hohé (Gemeentemuseum Den Haag)

‘Secret stories on Dutch Fashion from the Museum Archives: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag’

15.40-16.00 Milou van Rossum (modejournaliste)

‘A short history of five successful modern Dutch garments’

16.00-16.30 Discussion

16.30-17.00 DRINKS