In the world of Fashion, Costume & History

Today’s post is sort of a mish-mash of all the frenetic energy that seems to be sending information and ideas in my direction. This summer yields a whole host of fashion/costume related activities, both near and far. Those who want to beef up their academic CVs should consider submitting papers to a few of the items below as well.


First up is an exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum in Los Angeles. Opening today, “The Ruby Slipper Collection and Inspirations of Oz Fine Art Collection” will be on view through June 21. The Los Angeles Art Walk on Thursday, June 11th from 6 – 9 p.m. will include a special viewing of The Ruby Slipper Collection and Inspirations of Oz Fine Art Collection.

The first Costume Colloquium was held last November in Florence, Italy and was a tribute to Janet Arnold. This year, the organizers are presenting, “Costume Colloquium II: Dress for Dance” November 4-7, 2010. The official call for papers is available here. The deadline for submissions is July 30, 2009.

Though not entirely academic, or related to fashion history, it’s important to note that Gen Art is having its 15th Anniversary Benefit in New York on June 24th (honorary chairs include Zac Posen, and a slew of actors). To quote from their email notice, “Gen Art is facing a very difficult economic situation due to the massive drop in corporate sponsorships since October.” Gen Art is known for supporting up-and-coming design talent.

Those interested in having their work published in an anthology, should consider submitting an abstract to this call for papers on “Politics & Fashion” being put together by Deirdre Clemente at Carnegie Mellon University. Submissions should be academic in nature, and focus on the years between 1915 and 1945. More details are available here.

Summertime in San Francisco means that it is time once again for the Silent Film Festival -where both early film costume and fashion design can be appreciated. Scheduled for July 10 – 12 at the Castro Theatre, it includes the long lost Douglas Fairbanks film, The Gaucho. Be sure to check out the entire list of events.

Finally, there is the international conference “Fashioning the Neo-Victorian. Iterations of the Nineteenth Century in Contemporary Literature and Culture” to be held in Germany, in April of 2010. Abstracts are due November 1st. Additional details are available here.

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