Pink Symposium: Dr. Masafumi Monden "The Color of the Day: Many Shades of Pink in Japan"

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Pink Symposium: Dr. Masafumi Monden "The Color of the Day: Many Shades of Pink in Japan"


The Museum at FIT presented Pink, its twentieth academic symposium. This symposium explored the significance of the color pink in fashion, art, and culture. Pink provokes exceptionally strong feelings of both attraction and repulsion, yet it is increasingly being regarded as cool and androgynous, powerful and political. Topics included the significance of pink clothing in western and non-western cultures (including India, Africa, Mexico, and Japan), the role of pink in eighteenth-century portraiture, associations of pink with politics, gender, and sexuality, and the use of pink in cinema.
Dr. Masafumi Monden is a research fellow at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. A specialist in Japanese fashion, Asian popular culture, and international studies, he is currently working on two book-length projects on cultural imaginations of Japanese girlhood and boyhood, and the cultural history of fashion, beauty, and the body in modern Japan.


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