China in the World Conference at Kean University Explores China’s Influence on the World of Fashion


Union, N.J. - Kean University will hold its second annual China in the World conference on Wednesday, March 29 at 3:00 p.m. in the STEM atrium. The conference will highlight China’s influence on the world of fashion and culminate in a live fashion show. Noted fashion scholar Valerie Steele, the director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, will lead a panel discussion on Chinese fashion at the event, along with fashion designer Ruiping Guo.

“Kean, which operates a full scale additional campus in Wenzhou, China, prides itself on contributing to the cultural exchange between east and west. We are excited to host China in the World for the second consecutive year and facilitate a discussion of China’s role in the global economy,” said Kean University President Dawood Farahi, Ph.D.

Since 1997, Valerie Steele has organized more than 25 exhibitions for The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology including: The Corset, London Fashion, Gothic: Dark Glamour; Daphne Guinness; A Queer History of Fashion; Dance and Fashion; and Proust’s Muse, the Countess Greffulhe. As an author, curator, editor and public intellectual, Steele has been instrumental in creating the modern field of fashion studies and in raising awareness of the cultural significance of fashion.

Ruiping Guo is a professor at the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology. She is also Director of the China Knitting Fashion R&D Center and serves on the China Wool Textile Industry Association Council, the expert committee of the Chinese Knitting Industry Association and the academic committee of China Fashion Association. In 2014, Ruping participated in the APEC clothing design week and won the outstanding contribution award. Her work has also been featured during Shanghai Fashion Week.

China in the World is co-sponsored by the Kean University Asian Studies department and the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University (CIRU). Admission is $5 for faculty and students and $20 for the general public.  To register visit


Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, with a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving nearly 15,000 students. The Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers four doctorate degree programs and more than 60 options for graduate study leading to master’s degrees, professional diplomas or certifications. The University’s six undergraduate colleges offer 50 undergraduate degrees over a full range of academic subjects. With campuses in Union and Toms River, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University furthers its mission by providing an affordable, accessible and world-class education. Visit Kean online at

Photo caption: Valerie Steele, the director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, will lead a panel discussion on Chinese fashion at Kean University's second annual China in the World conference.

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