London — Gill Stark’s long anticipated study of fashion shows brings the unique perspective of a trained art historian who has taught fashion show production, to a wide-ranging look at how the fashion show itself may be at a critical point. Who has the fashion show served in the past? Who does it serve now? What is its future? Does it have a future?
Published by Bloomsbury Visual Arts of London, The Fashion Show: History, Theory and Practice interviewed leaders in all facets of the international fashion world, including FAFA’s own co-founder, Rhonda P. Hill, to get a more realistic read on what is happening.
Stark, the Assistant Dean and Head of the School of Creative and Liberal Arts at the Regent’s University London, with previous engagements at AIU London and the London College of Fashion, by interviewing such a wide range of experts, both designers as well as non-designers, is thus able to present a wider scope of possibilities, ideas, and viewpoints than most publications on fashion. Stark’s strength as an art historian frees her from a lot of the commercial bias pervading so much writing on fashion. This gives her much more room to ask difficult questions or imply more nuanced possibilities for what a fashion show is, what it has been, and what it could possibly become in the near future.
With a full range of resources available online the book is designed to be used as an ancillary text book in a college arts program, or the text for a fashion show production course. Experts in the industry are profiled in sections called “Industry Insights” — exposing students to viewpoints outside the academic environment.