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Khémaïs Ben Lakhdar.

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Khémaïs Ben Lakhdar

Fashion History

Lecturer, PhD Candidate at Paris-1 Sorbonne University

Research areas

  • history of fashion
  • orientalism
  • material culture
  • postcolonial and decolonial studies
  • cultural appropriation

My research focuses on the relationship between Haute Couture fashion and exoticism, orientalism and ethnography. I examine the relationship between the European colonial empires and oriental fashion during the Belle Époque and the Années Folles. Focusing on the methodology of material cultures and Postcolonial Studies, my research aims to establish precise links between the work of fashion designers such as Paul Poiret, Vitali Babani, Fortuny, Callot Sœurs and the many Eastern decorative systems (India, Maghreb and Middle East). PhD candidate in art history, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne: « Oriental and Orientalist fashion in Paris at the turn of the 20th century (1860-1925) »


  • Research scholarship laureate 2021-2022 of the Fonds de Dotation Maison Mode Méditerranée
  • Master's degree in museology and art history, Ecole du Louvre. Speciality: History of Fashion and Costume. Dissertation subject: "Paul Poiret the Orientalist: exoticism in question" - Dissertation supervisor: Denis Bruna.
  • Master 2 Research in Art History, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Speciality: History of fashion. Dissertation subject: "The thousand and one Russias of Yves Saint Laurent. The Autumn/Winter 1976 collection. - Dissertation supervisor : Pascal Rousseau.

Other publicaitons


Khémais Ben Lakhdar, « Le sarouel contre le pantalon de harem. De l’Orient à l’Occident, une histoire culottée des femmes à la Belle Époque », dans Pièce Détachée. La revue qui déshabille le vêtement, vol. Le pantalon, n°2, 2019, pp. 52-56.
Khémais Ben Lakhdar, « La chemise dans les cultures vestimentaires orientales », dans Pièce Détachée. La revue qui déshabille le vêtement, vol. La chemise, n°3, 2020, pp. 64-67.