Journal Launch For ‘Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption’!
Wednesday was the launch event for new journal ‘Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption’ by Bloomsbury!
Held at the Winchester Gallery, at the Winchester School of Art, some 60+ attendees arrived to celebrate with co-editor Jonathon Faiers.
Jonathon is Reader in Fashion Theory at the School of Art, whilst also being a consultant and member of the Publications Advisory Board for the Victoria & Albert Museum. His research examines the interface between popular culture, textiles and dress and he is currently working on two books.
Also on the journal’s editorial advisory board from the School of Art, are Jonathon Harris (Co-Director for Global Futures in Art Design & Media), Ryan Bishop (Professor of Global Arts & Politics) and Joanne Roberts (Professor of Arts & Cultural Management).
The journal’s aim and scope is the “first truly interdisciplinary, academic journal devoted to luxury, and satisfies the demand for scholarly, unbiased and penetrating thinking on the subject. The journal considers luxury in broad socio-cultural contexts, exploring and interrogating both our historical and contemporary understanding of the term.”
Co-hosting the event with Winchester’s luxury brand store, Cadogan and bubbly and canapes provided by Coates & Seely, Summerdown Mint and Luscombe Drinks, the evening started with a sociable buzz. Guests mingled, had time to see the journal (and purchase the first volume at a special ‘launch only’ discount price!) and viewed the current exhibition ‘Other Side’ at the gallery; an exploration of Graphic Art and creative freedom.
Once the guests had time to view the journal, wander around the exhibits, nibble and slurp the luxurious delights and chatter was flowing, Jonathon came forward to give a speech. He introduced us to the journal’s aims and scope, how it has come together and the relationship it has with the Luxury Research Group here at the School of Art. Jonathon also showed us the new website for the research group and how its growth and development is ongoing.
The journal says how “within the context of the contemporary global economic recession, our consumption of luxury is being questioned and indeed transformed, with notions of ‘affordable luxury’, ‘sustainable luxury’ and even ‘luxury for less’ suggesting a new discourse. At the same time, the demand for luxury goods and services on a global scale is at an unprecedented level. Luxury examines all aspects of the subject: its historical formation and understanding, its contemporary global political and economic function, alongside an exploration of how the concept of luxury remains an impetus for design, popular culture, literature and fine art.”
Despite the unusual mix of journal launch, blue cheese cheesecake, Christmas tree and graphic art exhibition, it all seemed to merge and compliment each other! The evening was an enjoyable and sociable success, with plenty of food for thought.
Find further details about the Luxury journal here and you can find the first volume with our other journals, along the side wall in Library 1.
Robynne Willowby, November 2014