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65 5th Ave, Room 411
New York, NY, 10003
United States

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

Christina Moon


The GIDEST seminar is held on Fridays from 12-1:30pm. All seminars take place in the GIDEST Lab at 411, 63 Fifth Avenue.

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Christina Moon

Slow Road to Fast Fashion

Christina Moon is a 2014-15 GIDEST Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design History and Theory and the Director of the MA in Fashion Studies at Parsons The New School for Design.

Professor Moon’s research focuses on material culture, race and labor, social memory, the ephemeral and everyday, and ways of knowing and representing in ethnographic practice. Her work looks at the social ties and cultural encounters between fashion design worlds and manufacturing landscapes in Asia and the Americas, specifically exploring the memory, migration, and labor of its cultural workers, across New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Seoul.

Professor Moon writes on fashion, globalization, and their intersection with ethnicity, race, and migration; design and material culture; social memory and narrative. Her essays have appeared in several edited volumes and a number of journals, including Pacific Standard and Design Issues. She has also showcased her work in exhibitions at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and the Museum of Chinese in America on Center Street. She is currently working on a project about the fast-fashion clothing industry in Los Angeles with photographer Lauren Lancaster.

Later Event: October 10
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