Conferences and Paper Presentations

MAPACA ConferencePaul Poiret’s Designs are Aesthetically Pleasing: Finding the Connection in Dress Between the Aesthetic Movement and Early 20th Century Fashion

  • November 5, 2016
  • Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association, 27th Annual Conference
  • Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Members of the Aesthetic Movement of the nineteenth century had specific standards of beauty for art, manners and clothing. Overall, the mainstream population of the time did did not follow these convictions and behaviors. Despite being unique at the onset, ultimately the modes of dress employed by the Aesthetes were welcomed into mainstream clothing as fashionable dress in the time period following the height of the Aesthetic Movement, as modified versions of these artistic garments. The method for studying this progressive bond will include discovering the elements that are seen in fashionable dress and how they differ from the clothing worn by the Aesthetes. This includes analyzing undergarments such as the corset, as well as fabric choices used for the garments. The period starting from the the beginning of the First Bustle Period until the end of the Second Bustle period will be studied, showing the elements that compose fashionable dress. Historic figures such as John Ruskin, Oscar Wilde and James McNeill Whistler will also be analyzed in how they each played a role in how clothing, both fashionable and not, was viewed. Additionally, the rise of Liberty of London will be considered as a bridge between the Aesthetes and fashionable garments. Through understanding just how different fashionable dress was from clothing worn by the Aesthetes, one can then see how the designs of Paul Poiret from the early 1900s through the 1910s are closely tied to Artistic Dress. Poiret is associated with removing the corset for women, while this was actually seen much earlier. As such, Poiret’s work pursues the elements and standards of beauty that were outlined by the Aesthetic Movement and its members. Although Aesthetic Dress was not accepted by the fashionable population at its height, it had paved the way for future designers.

Stockton UniversityJust Say Yes? The Use of Drugs Depicted in Alice in Wonderland and the Victorian Era

  • June 11, 2016
  • 2016 Annual East Coast Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium
  • Richard Stockton University, Galloway Township, New Jersey
  • In Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, there are many instances and events related to drug use. The use of pure opium and other opiates was fairly common in the Victorian era, and their prevalence could have influenced the tale of Alice and other writing and artistic creations from this time. Due to this, it is not surprising that their usage appeared in many Victorian works, and was even often seen as a tool in creating better art. This practice was not just limited to adults, as children and babies were also experiencing the highs and effects of opiates. Young Alice is involved with many drug-related experiences, but this would not be considered as uncommon or as shocking to readers as it could be perceived by today’s audience. The ease of accessibility and relaxed opinions towards usage could correlate to the overall acceptance, and could justify their inclusion in Alice in Wonderland.

Monmouth UniversityCommunicating with our campus: The Monday Morning View

  • April 2012
  • New Jersey Communication Association
  • Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey
  • As the Web/Communications Assistant at Montclair State University, I produced The Monday Morning View video project where students, faculty and staff were interviewed about various issues and their responses were recorded. Those interview footage was then edited into a video using Adobe Premiere and iMovie. This presentation discussed how interacting with the campus was used as a tool to communicate current events.
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MAPACA Diner PresentationThe American Diner

  • October 2011
  • Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Paper discussed architecture of the diner as a pre-fabricated building, often in the manner of a dining car of a train, and how Art Deco interior design elements are seen. The first diner built by Walter Scott in Providence, Rhode Island, around 1858 was compared to subsequent diners in the decades and century to follow. Additionally, the cultural significance that the diner has on today’s society and how diners are depicted in movies, television and artwork was explored. The types of food that are served in diners are very stereotypical for this type of establishment, and diner fare includes common ethnic additions to the menu, such as blintzes, matzah ball soup and moussaka. The diner was also compared to other fast food establishments that are frequented today, and how a diner’s history shapes the perception of today’s diner.

Fashion in Royal Weddings

  • March 2008
  • New Jersey Communication Association, Annual Conference
  • Marymount Manhattan, New York, New York

Godey’s Lady’s Book: The First Fashion Magazine

  • April 2006
  • Eastern Communication Association, Annual Convention
  • Philadelphia, PA

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