Post-doc at LIEU (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Instructor at The New School, Parsons Paris

Giulia Mensitieri
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Giulia Mensitieri holds a PhD in Social Anthropology and Ethnology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales de Paris. Her work explores the construction of desirable fantasies and illusions and forms of precarity in contemporary capitalism, by examining the fashion world. Through an ethnographic study of "immaterial" workers (stylists, models, photographers, designers, journalists, make-up artists), she explores the fashion system by analyzing the global traffic of fantasies and illusions, products and workers, as well as the production of subjectivity and the modes of subjugation that are typical of this industry.
Mensitieri also holds an MA in Urban Studies (Territoires, Espaces et Sociétés) from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales of Paris and an MA in Humanities (Hispano-American and Brazilian Languages and Literatures) from the Istituto Universitario Orientale of Naples. She has conducted ethnographic research in Mexico City, Naples, Paris, Brussels, Bordeaux, and Geneva, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Maison des Sciences Humaines). Mensitieri published Le plus beau métier du monde in January 2018 (La Découverte).

Session Title: Places, roles, statuses? Creative process and work logic in the fashion industries

Fashion and luxury encompass powerful industries, which can be as versatile, transversal and forward-looking in the quality of the products they offer as in the creative processes they create.
From advanced traditional craftsmanship to the digital revolution, from the insularity of the studio to the worldwide sequenced workshop, from the confidentiality of know-how to hyper media promotion, and from the hierarchy of the fashion house to the freelance designer ... How have the creative process and the logic of work organization evolved in these industries? What do they have to tell us about all the industries related to creation today?