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2018 Chandler Coventry Lecture: Fashion and Art

The 2018 Packsaddle Lecture Series

Fashion and Art: How fashion and art have developed a mutual respect in the new millennium.

Presented by Alison Kubler

The Inaugural Chandler Coventry Lecture


Date: Friday 7th September

Time: 6pm start

Location: New England Regional Art Museum




Art and fashion have experienced a continuing close relationship of cross pollination, mutual inspiration and influence dating back to at least the Renaissance. In this lecture Alison Kubler will explore how the traditional boundaries between these two cultural fields have continued to blur in the 21st Century, as major artists collaborate with leading fashion houses to produce contemporary works that exits at the nexus of “art as fashion” and “fashion as art”.

Alison Kubler has a double major in Art History from the University of Queensland, Australia, and a Masters in Post-war and Contemporary Art History from Manchester University, England and has over 20 years’ experience working as a curator in museums and galleries in Australia including QUT Art Museum, Cold Cost City Art Gallery, Art Gallery of South Australia and Urban Art Projects.

Alison is a Member of the Council of the National Gallery of Australia, and a Board Director of the Museum of Brisbane, an Ambassador for the Institute of Modern Art, and an Ambassador for the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.

Alison is a regular contributor to art journals and magazines such as Art Collector, MUSEUM, Manuscript, Neue Luxury and the Australian Financial Review Magazine on the subjects of art and fashion. Alison worked on the 2018 fashion and art program for the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI). She took on the role of Editor of VAULT as of May 2018.

In November 2013 a book she co-authored with Mitchell Oakley-Smith entitled Art and Fashion in the Twentieth Century was published by Thames and Hudson UK, and has subsequently been translated into German and Japanese.

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