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Invitation to Defense of Nargess Khodabakhshi

Event Label
Organisational Units
Education in the Arts
Location Description
Online via Zoom

The Institute for Education in the Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna kindly invites you to the defense of Nargess Khodabakhshi's dissertation project Oil Fashion and Modernization: A History of Fashion and Dress in Iran, 1941-1979.

The Examination Panel is made up of: Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Marina Gržinić (chair), Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Elke Gaugele (first supervisor), Prof. emerit. Dr. Gabriele Mentges (second supervisor) and Prof. Dr. Babak Elahi (external appraiser, Kettering University).


This dissertation examines the history of Iranian fashion and dress concerning the modernization policies between 1941-1979 in Iran. The author argues that in this period, which she calls the era of “Oil-Fashion and Modernization,” the modernization agenda, pushed by the state’s policies and increasing oil revenues, boosted fashion development in Iran. Each chapter examines aspects of these developments with a different approach to fashion definition.

Short biography

Born in Tehran, Nargess Khodabakhshi is a university lecturer and design researcher. Her main research areas are non-Western fashions, design theories and digital media, focusing on questions about the history and theory of fashion in Iran and its connections to postcolonial debates in fashion studies.

Please join us for the defense presentation. The event will take place online.

Zoom Meeting Link:
Meeting-ID: 635 0906 7046

We are looking forward to welcoming you.