A Feel For Fashion: Khémaïs Ben Lakhdar-Rezgui
Khémaïs Ben Lakhdar-Rezgui channels his deep understanding of French fashion into an ongoing examination of Orientalism in Parisian haute couture at the turn of the 20th century. His compelling thesis centres around the expansion of Europe's colonial empires and how this affected the designs of couturiers at the time. Based in Paris, he is a PhD candidate at Sorbonne 1 in partnership with the Institut Français de la Mode, where his focus is art and fashion history. As a lecturer of fashion history, he shares and expands upon his knowledge at the IFM and the American University of Paris, among other institutions. He also has years of hands-on experience in fashion heritage conservation at esteemed Paris couture houses, including Maison Lemarié and Yves Saint Laurent.