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Wednesday, March 29, 2017 • 3 - 6 p.m.

First floor, STEM building

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This one-day interdisciplinary conference, culminating in a fashion show, aims to deepen and enrich the topic of China's influence on the world of fashion. The scholars and designer will lead a panel discussion exploring cutting edge Chinese fashion. Along with Kean’s resident costume design studio, the panelists will work with students to organize and perform a fashion show. The day will end with a banquet that will provide attendees with an opportunity to examine the featured designs and talk with the scholars about Chinese fashion and its global impact.

Keynote Speaker: Valerie Steele, Fashion Historian, Director and Curator of the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology

Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she has organized more than 25 exhibitions since 1997, including The CorsetLondon FashionGothic: Dark GlamourDaphne Guinness, A Queer History of Fashion, Dance and Fashion and Proust’s Muse, the Countess Greffulhe. She is the author or editor of more than 25 books, including Paris Fashion, Women of FashionFetish: Fashion, Sex and Power, The Corset, The Berg Companion to Fashion and Fashion Designers A-Z: The Collection of The Museum at FIT.  As an author, curator, editor and public intellectual, Steele has been instrumental in creating the modern field of fashion studies and in raising awareness of the cultural significance of fashion.

Designer: Ruiping Guo, Professor of Fashion Design, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology

Guo Ruping is a professor at the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology. She is also Director of the China Knitting Fashion R&D Center and serves on the China Wool Textile Industry Association Council, the expert committee of the Chinese Knitting Industry Association and the academic committee of China Fashion Association. In 2014, Ruping participated in the APEC clothing design week and won the outstanding contribution award. Her work has also been featured during Shanghai Fashion Week.

Producer: Michele Mossay, Managing Director APA, Dance Minor Coordinator, Kean University 

Michele Mossay is the director of the Academy of Performing Arts/Kean partnership program and the Dance minor program coordinator at Kean University. Mossay was a resident artist at the Paper Mill Playhouse Theatre Conservatory and a guest artist/lecturer with New York’s Irish Repertory Theatre.

Mossay studied dance at NYU and Temple University. She has choreographed numerous theatrical productions both domestic and international, including the Kean University productions of Seussical, Hairspray, Spring Awakening. She also choreographed regional theatre productions of Kiss Me Kate, La Cage Aux Folles, Beauty and the Beast and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She is a recipient of the Kennedy Center Certificate of Merit for Choreography. 


Sue Gronewold, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Kean University

Dr. Sue Gronewold is member and former chair of the History Department at Kean University, where she is coordinator of the World History Program and interim coordinator of the Asian Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. in Modern Chinese History from Columbia University and has taught at Kean since 2001. She is the author of Beautiful Merchandise: Prostitution in China 1860-1936, Encountering Hope: The Door of Hope Mission in Shanghai and Taipei 1900-2000 and a number of articles and reviews on subjects related to modern East Asia.

Xurong Kong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, Kean University

Dr. Xurong Kong is a Professor of Chinese Literature and Civilization in Kean University’s History Department.  She is the director of Chinese Studies and Asian Studies at Kean. Her research focuses on early medieval Chinese poetry. She also works on issues of modern culture, lending her training in classical literature and art to these inquiries. 

Planning Committee: Mrs. Helena Ross, Mrs. Valerie Winslow, Miss Mei Zheng

Past Events: 

The inaugural China in the World conference at Kean University in 2016 focused on the growth, progress, and influence of China both within its own borders and around the globe. This two-day event at Kean featured a Thursday afternoon lecture by a top Chinese scholar, a Friday afternoon workshop discussing key readings, culminating with a panel of world famous speakers – sparking a collective discussion on the topic. 

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