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Lecture | Fashioning Hans Bellmer’s Doll: Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 1997 ‘Bellmer La poupée’ collection

Thursday 14 June, 5:15pm in Room C105

CSM staff and students are invited to attend a lecture with Christopher Koné, Visiting Research Fellow at the college. Koné will examine the elective affinities between the avant-garde British fashion designer and the German surrealist photographer, and investigates how McQueen not only incorporates Bellmer’s doll photographs in his fashion design but also shares the latter’s fascination with the permutability of the female body.

Christopher Koné is an Assistant Professor of German and comparative literature at Williams College. He teaches language and literature classes. He holds a Masters in German Studies from the université Lumière, Lyon, France and holds a PhD in German Studies from Rutgers University (2014): ‘Such a doll! Dolls in modern German culture and their afterlife in contemporary visual culture’. His research interests include German Romanticism, Modernism, Film Studies, Art History, and Fashion Studies.