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March 11, 2019

Scholarly Presentation Explores Fashion, Politics

College of the Canyons professors Ruth Rassool and Deems Morrione will deliver the scholarly presentation “Bitchery and the Politics of Fashion” on Thursday, March 28 at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.

With the use of photos and video clips, the presentation will reveal the intersection between fashion and politics as it relates to Foucault, Lacan, and Baudrillard theory.

“The Scholarly Presentation has been occurring for almost 20 years and is a wonderful way to showcase the unique talents and knowledge of our faculty,” said Sarah Etheridge, chair of the scholarly presentation committee. "We want to also make sure the community knows this event is open to everyone and is a wonderful way to learn about fun and exciting topics that otherwise people may not get a chance to learn about.”

Rassool and Morrione’s interest in fashion led them to create The Bitch Project, a social media salon where the overt and covert political messages sent down the runway by fashion designers are analyzed and discussed.

Notoriously negative in connotation, the word “bitch” has been reclaimed by the presenters for the sake of academic critique to identify cosmopolitanism in politics, fashion, and pop culture.

“It is not a way to get attention; it is to present analysis in a way that is sardonic and biting,” outlines the project’s manifesto. “As a noun, it suggests that a person holds to a set of standards and conveys a commitment to taste.”

The scholarly presentation is scheduled 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28. The event is free and open to the public.