Book Review: Costume: Performing Identities Through Dress

When I was a teenager, I loved to try on new personas with clothes, makeup, and hair, imagining myself to be more glamorous and cool than I really was. During a particular period I was enamored with 1960s London and the stylized mod and futuristic looks that prevailed in the fashion magazines, films, and shop windows of the time. As I emerged from my room …

Semi-Annual Research Award – Applications close 1 May 2016

We are happy to announce our Semi-Annual Research Award! This year we have decided to distribute two awards: one to a student (MA or PhD) and one to a professional researcher (individual, not whole institutions). Each award will be for $200. US applicants only, please. Application Deadline has been extended to : May 1, 2016. Please note: Anyone who has been a contributor or intern with Worn Through …

Book Giveaway: The History of Modern Fashion

In honor of both the Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion and Its Legacy exhibition currently on display at the Wadsworth Atheneum of Art, and the nomination of The History of Modern Fashion‘s being nominated for a Millennia Davenport award, the winner of which will be announced at the upcoming Costume Society of America National Symposium at the end of next month (May 24 – 29), we …

Kōrero Kākahu: Women of Empire

As a colonial nation, being in the centenary years of the Great War means a great deal to New Zealand. Just yesterday, 25 April is known as Anzac Day and is recognised both in New Zealand and Australia as a day of remembrance for our war dead. It also means that the war-related exhibition Women of Empire: the untold stories of New Zealand and Australian women in WWI has …

CFP: Greenwood Fashion: Clothing, Textiles, Skins, and Furs in the Ongoing Robin Hood Legend

Greenwood Fashion: Clothing, Textiles, Skins, and Furs in the Ongoing Robin Hood Legend Who: International Association for Robin Hood Studies; Southeastern Medieval Association Where: University of Tennessee, Knoxville When: 6-8 October 2016 Submission guidelines: Please send a 300 word abstract and brief bio to Sherron Lux and Melissa Ridley Elmes by 16 May 2016. For this session, the organizers welcome 20-minute papers from any discipline, including interdisciplinary papers, which examine some …

LACMA “Reigning Men” Exhibition Curator Discussion With Monica

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 Curated by Sharon S. Takeda, Kaye D. Spilker, and Clarissa M. Esguerra from LACMA’s Costume and Textiles department. Thru August 21, 2016 From the press release: Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 is a major survey exploring the history of men’s fashionable dress from the 18th to the early 21st century. …

On teaching: Faculty regulations, conflicts and quality assurance

This is an open question to all faculty teaching fashion: What do you do when a conflict arises between academics and the result can directly affect your students? How do you ensure quality standards are in place when colleagues contradict each other? Do you implement strict rules or allow teaching freedom? Image source here. In my teaching experience, I have encountered different types of settings …

Semi-Annual Research Award – Applications Extended!

We are happy to announce our Semi-Annual Research Award! This year we have decided to distribute two awards: one to a student (MA or PhD) and one to a professional researcher (individual, not whole institutions). Each award will be for $200. US applicants only, please. Application Deadline has been extended to : May 1, 2016. Please note: Anyone who has been a contributor or intern with Worn Through …

Fashion Revolution Week: Refocus on Provenance

This week is Fashion Revolution Week, an annual event begun in the UK since 2014, which highlights the importance of people in the production of fashion.  In response to the many lives lost as a result of the collapse of the Rana Plaza complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24 April 2013, Fashion Revolution Week is an opportunity to remind ourselves that all our clothes, and …

CFP: Polite and Impolite Pleasures: Entertaining the Georgian City

Polite and Impolite Pleasures: Entertaining the Georgian City  Where: Fairfax House, York, UK When: Friday 21 October 2016 Submission Guidelines: Send proposals of around 200 words, accompanied by a brief one-paragraph biography, to fairfaxhousesymposium@gmail.com by Friday 29 July 2016. The Georgian era saw a great increase in the variety of entertainments available to an expanding and urbanising population, and it was in towns and cities that eighteenth-century …

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