CFP: Fashion Studies Journal

Fashion Studies Journal
Submissions are due by September 15, 2012

The Parsons MA Fashion Studies program invites you to submit creative scholarly material to its second issue of FSJ in which we ask contributors to address the question, “What happens when fashion and religion collide?”

Within the past year, the spheres of fashion and religion have collided in global news headlines in unpredictable and surprising ways. While French citizens debated the ethics of the burqa, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was thrust into the spotlight when the public learned of his spiritually-charged undergarments. Yet, the public preoccupation with religion and dress is nothing new. From the centuries-old debate about the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, to Catholic school dress codes, to subcultural anti-religion sartorial interjections, fashion and religion have consistently intersected. What is the significance of these collisions and what can we learn about religion through the lens of fashion studies?

Encouraging a loose definition of the term “religion” that seeks to include alternative religious practices and spirituality, as well as mainstream religious sects, the second issue of FSJ seeks to provide a platform for an interdisciplinary exploration of all the ways fashion and religion have come to influence one another.

Potential topic areas include (but are not limited to):
• Historical considerations of religious dress
• Atheist dress
• Rebellious dress practices
• Mainstream religious interjections in dress
• Tattoos and body modification
• Personal experiences with religion and dress
• Dress codes and purity
• Devotional garments
• Sunday best
• Theoretical explorations into recent news headlines
• Spirituality and dress
• Film and media analysis
• Religion and high street retailing
• The culture of religious garments

Submissions are due by September 15, 2012 at 5PM. Notifications of accepted papers will be emailed September 30, 2012.

Email completed papers or projects along with your name, affiliation and a brief biography to

Please find the full call for submission and more information here.

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