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Biography: Senem Yazan

In Senem Yazan on June 10, 2012 at 8:54 am

Senem Yazan is a research student at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Yazan’s research ‘The Black Princess of Elegance’ focuses on the characteristics of dandyism and its manifestations in women who worked in the fields of politics, literature, visual and performing arts, and lived in the context of the early feminist movement in turn-of-the-century Paris and London.

Yazan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design and earned a Masters of Arts with distinction from Centre for Fashion Studies at Stockholm University in 2008. Her thesis ‘The Constant Avant-Garde: Androgyny and Otherness through Takarazuka Revue in the Land of The Rising Sun’ investigated the effects of displacement, alienation and colonialism on cultural identity with focus on Japanese theatre.

Prior to her academic career, she had extensive industrial experience as a production designer in fashion, film, theatre, opera and modern dance. Recipient of numerous awards and grants, Yazan was appointed to Swedish Arts Grants Committee and IASPIS delegation in Sweden, as well as a member of staff at London College of Fashion in 2010.

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The Black Princess of Elegance

In Senem Yazan on June 9, 2009 at 11:56 am

— I believe that our future salvation lies in a moment away from sexual polarization and the prison of gender toward a world in which individual roles and the modes of personal behaviour can be freely chosen.

Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Toward a Recognition of Androgyny (1973)