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Learning Laboratory: Prof. Renate Stauss on Fashion in Times of Covid-19

In the ninth episode of the Learning Laboratory video series, Professor Renate Stauss discusses the profound impact Covid-19 has had on fashion, both as an industry and a global cultural phenomenon – even on what we wear every day. In this video, Stauss examines three face mask designs, which as she explains, “reveal the richness and complexity of fashion – and have the potential to drive much needed change in the industry and a different understanding of what fashion is and can be.”

About Professor Renate Stauss

Dr. Renate Stauss is assistant professor of Fashion Studies at The American University of Paris. She has been teaching cultural and critical studies in fashion in London and Berlin since 2003, at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, Goldsmiths College, and the Berlin University of the Arts. She was part of the faculty at the Royal College of Art in London in the Department of Critical Studies for ten years. She completed her PhD on Dress as Therapy: Working with Dress on the Self in Therapeutic Settings (University of the Arts London) and has published in the area of fashion studies, fashion theory and pedagogy. Current research interests include the emergence of fashion theory, dress and the senses, the potential of fashion, and fashion education – how we learn and teach fashion.