The Role of Fairs in the Development and Division of Fields

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Title: The Role of Fairs in the Development and Division of Fields
CPH Kids and Danish Children’s Fashion
Author: Csaba, Fabian Faurholt; Larsen, Frederik
Abstract: During the Copenhagen Fashion Week A/W 2010, CPH Kids opened as the first independent trade fair for children’s clothing. Despite considerable resistance, the fair managed to establish itself and challenge the established order by providing a venue devoted fully to children’s clothing and luring away exhibitors and visitors looking for change. In this paper, we analyze the dynamic development and distinctive traits of the children’s clothing sector symbolized at the new fair. Our study contributes to inquiry into the role of fairs and festivals in the creative industries by examining the special case of coinciding, competing trade fairs. We introduce and build on three closely related, but in our view complementary, concepts applied and developed in analyses of festivals, trade shows and other kinds of temporary, usually competitive events, namely tournament rituals, field configuring events and tournaments of value. We establish the common ground of the three approaches, particular their assertion of the rich research potential and vital significance of festivals, fairs and similar events for many fields, whether deemed creative or not. We also single out particular strengths of each approach, which inform our inquiry....
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8238
Date: 2011-01-19
Notes: Fremlagt på Creativity from a Global Perspective. An International Conference on the Creative Industries, 18-20 October 2010, Nordic Center, Fudan University

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