Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
9:00am until
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Madison Moore (Yale), Conference Chair
Alex Tudela (Columbia), Conference Co-Chair


What is street style, and what is the relationship between style, “the street,” and popular culture? How have the Internet, digital cameras and other technologies impacted how we understand the way we dress? Why do so many care about the way other people dress? In what ways does street style engage with broader issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality?

The Urban Catwalk: Fashion and Street Culture, a one-day symposium at Yale University, aims to investigate and discuss the relationships between street style and identity. We are interested in papers that approach street style from a contemporary lens, but also encourage papers with more of an historical perspective.

We are committed to a conference that blends the intellectual with an ear to the ground. In this way, we will hold a panel discussion with major editors and fashion designers about how they understand the intellectual work street style does. The panel discussion will focus on the editors’ real world expertise, but also on audience participation. Ideally, the conference will be attended by the Yale community as well as by people from the broader New Haven area. We close conference with a special street style fashion show at Artspace Gallery in Downtown New Haven, where real-people models will show us their street style.

These 20-minute presentations can treat any aspect of street fashion, including:

– Street style and Contemporary art
– (Black) Dandies
– Style blogs and the Internet
– Urban versus suburban style
– Hipsters and neo-bohemia
– Goth, punk, and skate culture
– Street style and hip hop culture
– Fashion magazines and the street
– Male androgyny; men in high heels
– Street style in media
– How to figure out a style persona; rules and boundaries
– Lady Gaga, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and other pop icons
– Japanese street fashion
– Street style in literature
– LGBTQ identity and street style
– Models
– Street style in the 19th century
– Fashion designers
– Ready-to-wear
– Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, and trend spotters
– Vogueing, ball culture
– Sex and the City and street style

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to by November 16th. Selected papers may be considered for an edited volume.

Click here for more details.

Contact: Madison Moore, Ph.D candidate (
Yale University
American Studies Program

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  • Mollie C October 16, 2010 03.57 am

    Very interesting. I was looking for more info but your link for further details appears broken. Perhaps you have outlined all that needs to be said?

  • Monica Sklar October 16, 2010 10.36 am

    I fixed the link. Hope that helps!

  • Kat October 17, 2010 12.58 pm


    The original deadline for submission was 11/26; Madison has informed me that the deadline has been changed to 11/16. The information has been changed above, please take note of the new deadline and make any changes accordingly.


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