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Fashion and Health Symposium

Date: 04/20/2012 - 04/22/2012

Time: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Location: McNeal Hall

Cost: ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. Walk in registration is available on site(cash or check for exact amount): $300 general, $200 students


Fashion and Health Symposium
April 20—22, 2012 


Friday, April 20, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM; Saturday, April 21, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM; Sunday, April 22, 8:30 AM - Noon

Locations: 12, 33, and 144 McNeal Hall

Fashion is change and because it is change, fashion impacts nearly every aspect of our lives from the language we speak, the furniture we use, and the homes we live in to the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, and the food we eat. The first in a series of “Fashion and…” events, this symposium focuses on the relationships between fashion and health. Fashion and health are symbiotic; each affects the other. Fashion can make us stand straighter and help prevent osteoporosis. Fashion can also damage our feet and our balance through a choice of shoes, or exercise our leg muscles and improve our gait. Fashion can protect us from the sun or monitor our health through embedded electronic sensors. Fashion is a visualization of how we choose to live our lives. The fashion choices we make affect our thoughts and feelings (emotionally, spiritually, physically). And if looks could kill, we'd all dress better.

Through a series of scholarly and design presentations and panel discussions, symposium participants will explore, define, and document the interconnections between fashion and health. This symposium will also provide the opportunity for researchers and graduate and undergraduate students to exchange research findings, innovative teaching strategies, and creative designs on the topic. Session topics include: Clothing for healthy skin, the perceived harm of tanning, design solutions for keeping African girls in school, consuming fashion photography, the sports bras undocumented journey through fashion... and more! (see the Official Event Schedule for a detailed list of topics presented)

The Friday session for this event is FREE to the general public. For more information, click here.

Note: This symposium has an inclusive definition of the term "fashion." While fashion is often understood to center on apparel choices, fashion can be recognized as the current style or aesthetic choice in any design field. Proposals are welcome from divergent fields such as architecture, anthropology, cultural studies, history, interior design, graphic design, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies.


  • Name: Kim K. Johnson, PhD
  • E-mail: kjohnson@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-3687
  • Sponsored by: College of Design

Reservation Information:

More information: http://design.umn.edu/fashionand/health/

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Kim K. Johnson, kjohnson@umn.edu or 612-624-3687.


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