About the 2022 Fashion Education Conference

Fashion Education Conference: What Can Fashion Education Do?

12 October 2022, 6-9pm (CEST)



What can fashion education do?

If ‘the great aim of education is not knowledge but action,’ (Spencer), then: What can fashion education do? This question leads the third edition of the Digital Multilogue on Fashion Education ­­– a series of participatory and outcome-oriented conferences focused on learning and teaching of fashion at tertiary level organised by Franziska Schreiber and Renate Stauss. The Multilogues aim to explore and illustrate the diversity and complexity of the field and its practices, and to foster a greater understanding of methods, values, and didactic, pedagogic and epistemological questions – in creating a global exchange. While the Multilogue 2021 brought the community of fashion educators together for a two-day conference to create multiple dialogues and initiate collaboration, this year’s edition will be a rich three-hour online experience geared towards global connection and interaction to explore activist learning and transformative teaching in fashion education. Clare Farrel (Extinction Rebellion, London), Lesiba Mabitsela (fashion practitioner, co-founder African Research Institute (AFRI), Johannesburg), and Tanveer Ahmed (Professor for Fashion and Race, Central Saint Martins College London) will join and voice their provocations. The event will be moderated by conversation designer Ruben Klerkx.

Prof Dr Renate Stauss (The American University of Paris)

Prof Dr Renate Stauss (Fashion Studies, Department of Global Communications, The American University of Paris, France)


Dr. Renate Stauss is assistant professor of Fashion Studies at The American University of Paris in the Department of Global Communications. She is also an associate lecturer at the Berlin University of the Arts. Renate has been teaching cultural and critical studies in fashion in London and Berlin since 2003, working as a lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, Goldsmiths College and Esmod. She was part of the faculty at the Royal College of Art in London in the Department of Critical Studies for ten years.

Following her studies in fashion communication (BA, Central Saint Martins College, London) and communication, culture and society (MA, Goldsmiths College), she completed her PhD on Dress as Therapy: Working with Dress on the Self in Therapeutic Settings (University of the Arts London). The focus of her teaching and scholarship lies on the sociology and politics of fashion and dress, including the following subjects: relationships between dress and identity, fashion under socialism, the emotional and sensory impact of dress, fashion for a sustainable world. Renate has published in the area of fashion studies, fashion theory and pedagogy. Current research interests include fashion and politics, the perception and potential of fashion, the emergence of fashion theory, and fashion education – how we learn and teach fashion.

Publications & Reviews:

  • (under review) ‘The Deceptive Mirror: The Dressed Body Beyond Reflection’ in: Fashion Theory. (mit Lucia Ruggerone)
  • (forthcoming) ‘Mapping Fashion Education: Kontext, Dimensionen und Zukünfte’ in: Design & Bildung. (with Franziska Schreiber)
  • (2020) ‘Passing as Fashionable, Feminine and Sane: “Therapy of Fashion” and the Normalisation of Psychiatric Patients in 1960s US’ in: Fashion Theory. 7 April, https://doi.org/10.1080/1362704X.2020.1746515
  • (2019) ‘What Fashion is Not (Only)’ in: Vestoj: The Journal of Satorial Matters. Issue No. 9: On Capital, pp. 55–75.
  • (2018) Review of book proposal: Routledge Companion to Fashion Studies. London: Routledge, November 2018
  • (2015) ‘Fashion Cultures Revisited – Book Review' in: Costume. Vol.49(1), London: Maney Publishing.
  • (2014) ‘The wetsuit is Not Fashion: A Conversation with Heidi Julavits’ in: Heti, Sheila & Julavits, Heidi & Shapton, Leanne (eds.) Women in Clothes. London: Penguin, pp. 405–6.
  • (2010) ‘Interview with Jöelle Chariau’ in: Chariau, Jöelle (ed.) Drawing Fashion: A Century of Fashion Illustration. Munich/London: Prestel, pp. 20–3.
  • (2009) ‘Mode’ in: Peretz, Pauline (ed.) New York: Histoire, Promenades, Anthologie & Dictionnaire. Paris: Robert Laffont, pp. 1164–5.
  • (2008) ‘Symposium Review: The Death of Taste: Unpicking the Fashion Cycle’ in: Fashion Theory. Vol.12(2), June, pp. 261–6. (with Ane Lynge)
  • (2008) 'Die zivile Uniform als symbolische Kommunikation – Book Review' in: Costume. Number 42, London: Maney Publishing, pp. 195–6.
  • (2008) 'She shines' in: Fat. Issue A, pp. 98–103.
  • (2006) 'Erwin Wurm's 59 Positions' in: Fashion in Film Festival. [catalogue], London: FFF, p. 40.


Talks, Workshops, Curation & Jury memberships

  • (2020) Jury member of the competition ‘Bielefelder Modepreis’ (fashion prize) University of Applied Science, Bielefeld, Germany, 25 January 2020
  • (2019) ‘Fashion Education Retreat’, concept, organisation & delivery of two-day professional development workshop for fashion educators, 30 September–1 October 2019, Gutshof Sauen, Berlin Center for Higher Education, Germany, (with Prof Franziska Schreiber)
  • (2019) Jury member of the competition ‘Transparenz in der Modebranche’ (Transparency in Fashion) Loveco, Berlin, Germany, 26 August 2019
  • (2019) ‘Lost in Reflection: Clothes, Mirrors and the Self’ paper delivered at: The Annual Conference of the Association for Art History, Brighton, UK, 6 April 2019 (with Lucia Ruggerone)
  • (2019) ‘Fashion Education: Learning and Teaching Fashion in Theory and Practice’ concept, organisation & delivery of professional development workshop for fashion educators, 1 April 2019, Berlin Center for Higher Education, Germany (with Prof Franziska Schreiber)
  • (2018) ‘Mode & Diversität: Mehr als nur ein Marketingtrend?’ (Fashion & Diversity: More than a Marketing trend?) member of panel discussion, Ethical Fashion, Prepeek Powered by Fashion Changers, Kraftwerk, Berlin, Germany, 3 July 2018
  • (2018) ‘Self-Fashioning: Using Foucault’s ‘Technologies of the Self’ to Analyse Fashion’ talk at Fashion, Culture and the Body, NYU in London, UK, 15 November 2018
  • (2018) ‘Passing as Fashionable, Feminine and Sane: “Therapy of Fashion” and the Normalisation of Psychiatric Patients in 1960s US’ Passing: Fashion in American Cities, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK, 5 May 2018.
  • (2017) ‘In the Land of Mirrors: Vêtothérapie in France. On Forced Forms of Self reflection and Image-based Notions of a Fashionable Self’ Revisiting the Gaze: Feminism, Fashion & the Female Body. Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, London, UK, 28–29 June 2017.
  • (2009) ‘La Vêtothèque: Dress Therapy in France’ Fashion and Food, Annual Symposium of the Research Centre for Fashion, the Body & Material Cultures. Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, 25 June 2009.
  • (2008/9) ‘Beyond Espionage: Fashion under Socialism’, Cold War Modern, Friday Late, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 31 October 2008 & British Film Institute Southbank, NFT, 8 January 2009 (co-curation with Marketa Uhlirova)
Prof Franziska Schreiber (Berlin University of the Arts)

Prof Franziska Schreiber (Fashion Design, Institute of Experimental Fashion & Textiles Design, Berlin University of the Arts)


Franziska Schreiber currently holds a visiting professorship at the Berlin University of Arts Berlin. She has been working as a lecturer in fashion design in Berlin and Hannover for fifteen years at the Berlin University of Arts, University of Applied Sciences Hannover, AMD Berlin amongst others. Following her studies in fashion design at the University of Applied Science Berlin (HTW) she founded the design collective „Pulver“ which successfully led the young German design scene in the first decade of the new millennium. Since then Franziska Schreiber has been working internationally as freelance consultant, designer and model maker for Stephan Schneider Antwerp, Costume National Milan, Reality Studio Berlin / Porto and Liebeskind Berlin amongst others. She is also an art director for static and performative fashion presentations, specializing in both concept and production of various show formats. In 2011 she was responsible for the concept development and curation of the Humanity in Fashion Award by Hess Natur, which she ran for a number of years. Current research interests include fashion education: how we learn and teach fashion, where she has also published.