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Dr Natalie Smith

Natalie SmithPGCertHighE (Otago), MA (Canterbury), PhD (Otago)

Contact details

Room 6C23, Richardson Building
Tel +64 3 479 5204
Email natalie.smith@otago.ac.nz

Natalie comes from a sociology of art and culture background. Her primary areas of research interest are New Zealand fashion design and the social and cultural factors that influence design. 

She is particularly interested in the relationship between gender, work and design; craft; textile design; and the art/fashion nexus. 

Natalie has a longstanding interest in arts governance and has served on the boards of several not-for-profit arts organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Teaching

Supporting 100-level Sociology papers

SOCI 101 Sociology of New Zealand Society
SOCI 102 Cultural and Social Identities
SOCI 103 Crime, Deviance and Social Transformation

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Publications

Bell, V., & Smith, N. (2022). Gift: Reflections on journeys, knowledge, labour and love [Exhibition report]. Scope: Art & Design, 23, 57-67. doi: 10.34074/scop.1023018

Smith, N. (2022). Collage and critical thinking: What the pop artists taught me about doing sociology. Scope: Learning & Teaching, 11, 40-47. doi: 10.34074/scop.4011007

Smith, N. (2022). [Review of the book Dressed: Fashionable dress in Aotearoa New Zealand 1840 to 1910]. Context, 42, 104-107. [Book Review].

Smith, N. (2022). [Review of the exhibition Fashion FWD >> Disruption through design]. Context, 42, 88-94. [Performance/Film/Composition Review].

Smith, N. & Bell, V. (2022). Exhibition catalogue for gift, Ashburton Art Gallery, Ashburton, New Zealand. [Catalogue].

Radner, H., & Smith, N. (Eds.). (2011). NOM*d: The art of fashion. Dunedin and Gore, New Zealand: Centre for Research on National Identity, University of Otago, and the Eastern Southland Gallery, 82p.

Edited Book - Research

Smith, N. (2022). Ensor, Kura Te Whiria. In Dictionary of New Zealand Biography: Te Ara: The encyclopedia of New Zealand. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved from https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/6a3/ensor-kura-te-whiria

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, N. (2019). New Zealand wearable art and the craft conundrum. In K. U. Māhina-Tua, K. Chitham & D. Skinner (Eds.), Crafting Aotearoa: A cultural history of making in New Zealand and the wider Moana Oceana. (pp. 322-324). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Papa Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, N. (2019). Slow fashion and craft activism. In K. U. Māhina-Tua, K. Chitham & D. Skinner (Eds.), Crafting Aotearoa: A cultural history of making in New Zealand and the wider Moana Oceana. (pp. 367-368). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Papa Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, N. (2017). The modern girl: Dale Austen, Miss New Zealand, in Hollywood. In R. Bell (Ed.), New Zealand between the wars. (pp. 256-279). Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, N. (2014). Food and fashion: Establishing a critical distance from the "...mess". In P. Stupples (Ed.), Art and food. (pp. 133-145). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.

Chapter in Book - Research

Radner, H., & Smith, N. (2013). Fashion, feminism and the neo-feminist ideal: From Coco Chanel to Jennifer Lopez. In S. Bruzzi & P. Church Gibson (Eds.), Fashion cultures revisited: Theories, explorations and analysis. (pp. 275-286). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Webster, E., & Smith, N. (2012). Black as a fashionable colour. In D. de Pont (Ed.), Black: The history of black in fashion, society and culture in New Zealand. (pp. 80-101). Auckland, New Zealand: Penguin.

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, N., & Radner, H. (2011). NOM*d: Conceptual couture in Dunedin. In H. Radner & N. Smith (Eds.), NOM*d: The art of fashion. (pp. 13-34). Dunedin and Gore, New Zealand: Centre for Research on National Identity, University of Otago, and the Eastern Southland Gallery.

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, N. (2022). Collage and critical thinking: What the pop artists taught me about doing sociology. Scope: Learning & Teaching, 11, 40-47. doi: 10.34074/scop.4011007

Journal - Research Article

Smith, N. (2021). "It's in a box in my wardrobe": "Re-searching" the practices of New Zealand women fashion designers. Scope: Art & Design, 21, 36-39. doi: 10.34074/scop.1021004

Journal - Research Article

Smith, N. (2019). From formality to fluidity: Fraser Crowe, “art as fashion, fashion as art,” twenty years on. Scope: Art & Design, 2019(17), 8-16. doi: 10.34074/scop.1017001

Journal - Research Article

Smith, N. (2004). The wearables and the Montana World of Wearable Art™ Awards: What it is and what it means. Journal of New Zealand Art History, 25, 33-44.

Journal - Research Article

Smith, N. (2022). [Review of the book Dressed: Fashionable dress in Aotearoa New Zealand 1840 to 1910]. Context, 42, 104-107. [Book Review].

Journal - Research Other

Smith, N. (2022). [Review of the exhibition Fashion FWD >> Disruption through design]. Context, 42, 88-94. [Performance/Film/Composition Review].

Journal - Research Other

Smith, N. (2020). [Review of the exhibition Sāmoa no uta (A Song About Sāmoa)]. Context, 40, 77-82. [Performance/Film/Composition Review].

Journal - Research Other

Smith, N., & Bell, V. (2018). Unbound: The exhibition: Project report. Scope: Art & Design, 16, 8-15.

Journal - Research Other

Smith, N. (2017). [Review of the exhibition Stone cold cuts]. Blue Oyster, 2016, 58-60.

Journal - Research Other

Smith, N. (2017). When Dreams Turn to Gold: The Benson & Hedges and Smokefree Fashion Design Awards. Context, 34, 7-14.

Journal - Research Other

Smith, N. (2016). [Review of the exhibition iD2K16]. Blue Oyster, 2015, 21.

Journal - Research Other

Smith, N. (2016). [Review of the exhibition Margarita Robertson 3.33.12]. Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 5, 220-223.

Journal - Research Other

Smith, N. (2015). [Review of the exhibition Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan: Travel in style]. Textile History, 46(2), 266-268.

Journal - Research Other

Smith, N. (2015/2016). [Review of the exhibition The Brook Project, South Dunedin]. Context, 31, 34-39.

Journal - Research Other

Smith, N. (2014). [Review of the exhibition Not all white: Wedding dresses]. Context, 28, 62-65.

Journal - Research Other

Smith, N. (2014). [Review of the exhibition Pinewood bend 2013]. Blue Oyster, 2013, 64-69.

Journal - Research Other

Smith, N. (2014). [Review of the exhibition Who opens the door]. Context, 28, 66-67.

Journal - Research Other

Smith, N. (2013/2014). [Review of the exhibition Art and neuroscience]. Context, 27, 56-60.

Journal - Research Other

Smith, N. (2013/2014). [Review of the exhibition The living room, an instillation in the Art and Money exhibition]. Context, 27, 52-55.

Journal - Research Other

Smith, N. (2012). [Review of the exhibition Definite cuts]. Context, 24, 32-34.

Journal - Research Other

Smith, N. (2012). [Review of the exhibition Memory & fabric]. Context, 24, 39-40.

Journal - Research Other

Smith, N. (2012/2013). [Review of the exhibition Artifact]. Context, 25, 61-62.

Journal - Research Other

Smith, N. (2012/2013). [Review of the exhibition INDIGNATION!]. Context, 25, 66-68.

Journal - Research Other

Smith, N. (2012/2013). [Review of the exhibition WOW: But let's not forget the history]. Context, 25, 53-57.

Journal - Research Other

Bell, V., & Smith, N. (2022). Gift: Reflections on journeys, knowledge, labour and love [Exhibition report]. Scope: Art & Design, 23, 57-67. doi: 10.34074/scop.1023018

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Smith, N. (2004). Conceptual couturiers and the flight from art fashion. In M. Doropoulos, A. Farren & S. Worden (Eds.), Proceedings of the Space Between: Textiles, Art, Design, Fashion, Volume 2. [CD-ROM] Perth: Curtin University of Technology. [Full Paper]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Smith, N. (2019). Dressing down Al Shaw's anxieties: The "Kiwi bloke" in crisis in Roger Donaldson's Smash Palace. Proceedings of Millennial Masculinities: Queers, Pimp Daddies and Lumbersexuals: An International Conference. (pp. 32). Retrieved from https://millennialmasculinities.com/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Smith, N. (2017). iD Dunedin Fashion Week, Dunedin style and the craftivism agenda. Proceedings of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa, New Zealand (SAANZ) Conference: Respect Existence or Expect Resistance. (pp. 93). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/saanz

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Smith, N. (2016). Gold, ash and greenstone: The Smokefree Environments Act (1990) and the rebirth of New Zealand fashion. In H. Radner & V. Karaminas (Eds.), Proceedings of The End of Fashion: An International Conference: Select Refereed Abstracts. (pp. 37). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of History and Art History, University of Otago. [Abstract]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Smith, N. (2012). NOM*d, food and fashion: Establishing a critical distance from the '...Mess'. Proceedings of the Art & Food Symposium. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/foodscience/pdfs/foodandartprogramme.pdf

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Smith, N. (2008). Dressing down Al Shaw's anxieties: The 'Kiwi bloke' in crisis in Roger Donaldson's Smash palace. In C. Fowler & R. Simmons (Eds.), Proceedings of the XIVth Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (Vol. 1: Refereed Abstracts). (pp. 68-69). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Film, Media and Communication, University of Otago. [Abstract]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Smith, N. (2021, April-May). Oamaru's fashion entrepreneurs: Maritza boutique and the fashion vanguard. Verbal presentation at the Costume & Textile Association of New Zealand (CTANZ) Symposium: Vision: Hindsight, Foresight, Insight, Auckland, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Bell, V., & Smith, N. (2018, September). Unbound: The Exhibition: Contemporary reflections on the changeability of dress, bodies and sexualities. Verbal presentation at the Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand Annual Symposium: Unbound: Liberating Women, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Smith, N. (2016, February). Sewing dreams into gold: The Benson and Hedges Fashion Design Awards (1964-1998). Verbal presentation at the Making Women Visible Conference: A Conference in Honour of Barbara Brookes, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Smith, N. (2015, April). The Benson and Hedges Fashion Design Awards (1964-1998): A case study in 'doing leisure' in Aotearoa New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the 14th Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand (CTANZ) Annual Symposium: Contexts of Fashion: Materiality and the Body, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Smith, N. (2014, February). Dale Austen, Miss New Zealand (1927): Our modern girl in Hollywood. Verbal presentation at the Australian & New Zealand American Studies Association (ANZASA) Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Smith, N. (2013, March). WOW Now: The NZ Wearable Art Awards 25 years on. Verbal presentation at the 12th Annual Symposium of the Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand (CTANZ), Auckland, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Smith, N. (2013, November). Dale Austen: A modern girl in the New Zealand context. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Historical Association Biennial Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Smith, N. (2010, November). At home in 'New York Everyday': The Modern Girl in Rudall Hayward's ″A daughter of Dunedin″ (1928). Verbal presentation at the Cultures, Histories and Identities in Film, Media and Literature Research Network Postgraduate Research Colloquium: The Modern Girl: From the Twentieth to the Twenty-First Century, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Smith, N. (2010, November-December). At home in ″New York Everyday″: The modern girl in Rudall Hayward's “A daughter of Dunedin″. Verbal presentation at the XVth Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand: Cinema, Modernity and Modernism, Sydney, Australia.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Smith, N., & Radner, H. (2009, August-September). NOM*d: Conceptual fashion: A study in visual style, from Dunedin to the international scene. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand's National Identity Research Colloquium: Fact or Fiction? Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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