What is it about?
This article uses fashion to draw the common threads between Ukrainian-Jewish artist and fashion designer Sonia Delaunay and prominent interwar Parisian Romanians (Tristan Tzara, Constantin Brâncuși and Lizica Codreanu). I propose the idea of "simultaneous migrations" as a conceptual exercise linked to Delaunay's Simultaneist theories and the flourishing international community living in Paris between the two World Wars. It shows fashion’s mobility beyond and across cultural differences, identities and aesthetics through Simultaneity, focusing on her interwar Romanian connections in Paris.
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Why is it important?
In a time when cultural, ideological and identity divisions are evermore striking, this conceptual exercise using the example of Sonia Delaunay, Tristan Tzara, Constantin Brâncuși and Lizica Codreanu can offer a potential alternative blueprint to understand transnational, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary cultural negotiations between individuals, communities.
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This page is a summary of: Fashioning simultaneous migrations: Sonia Delaunay and inter-war Romanian connections, Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty, December 2022, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/csfb_00047_1.
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Postdoctoral Project Member, T6, EDERA | This contribution explores the evolving ideals of women as markers of modernity in their dialogue with the United States though women's fashion and representation. It builds upon the double understanding of embodiment as an experience mediated by culture 1 of inhabiting a physical body in relation to beauty hygiene 2 and gender 3 and as clothing the body 4 suggesting fashion and modernity 5. The aim is to identify and decode the mechanisms of gendered negotiations between Romania and the United States on fashionability and their larger implications. This chapter uses an interdisciplinary model for a textual and visual semiotic analysis of relevant interwar Romanian discourse. It offers a panoramic, multi-faceted and comparative perspective on how gender norms were invented, disseminated and applied through fashion advice literature 6. It highlights the importance of fashion in shaping women's lives to uncover interwar Romania's subtle social, cultural, ideological and artistic practices in relation to the United States. This contribution continues a larger research on how fashion-consuming women mirrored interwar Romanian political, social, cultural and economic realities and offers the framework for future fashion studies research on Romanian topics.
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