CFP: Accessories Costume Society Symposium 2013

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The Costume Society UK invites submissions for their 2013 symposium on the theme of Accessories.

Possible symposium subject themes could include the following:

  • Function and frivolity – the accessory and the march of fashion, their use for dating costume and a reflection of contemporary taste. Usefulness and homeliness, aprons, hussifs and chatelaines.
  • The accessory as protection, from dirt, danger or weather in everyday and occupational dress such as umbrellas and calashes, gaiters and galoshes.
  • Adjuncts to dressing; collar stiffeners, modesty pieces, braces and stay busks.
  • Markets and manufacture, artisan made, mass produced and home-made.
  • Materials, from expensive to everyday, familiar to the novel, innovative and unusual. Fur, feathers and the ethical debates that surround their use.
  • Accessories as signifiers of status and roles within society, or as tokens of affiliation with certain lifestyles.

The Costume Society welcomes interdisciplinary research based on garments and accessories, photography, film, literature, archives with no date restriction.

For those interested submissions should be in the form of an abstract of around 200 words with no name on the abstract. The cover page should include title of the abstract, your name, address, email and telephone number and institutional affiliation, if any. Submissions should also be accompanied by a separate short CV.

Deadline for submissions is 9 November, 2012. Submissions will be considered by a committee from the Costume Society Executive, headed by the Symposium Academic Co-ordinator, Ruth Battersby Tooke (Curator Costume and Textiles, Norwich Castle Study Centre).

Candidates will be advised of acceptance by January 2013.

Papers selected should be 30 minutes length and illustrated by Powerpoint. Unfortunately the Society cannot cover expenses in the preparation and presentation of a paper, or for travel to the Symposium.

Send submissions (with abstract and CV) to

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