Symposium 2014 in Exeter – Rites of Passage
July 4th-6th 2014
The 2014 Costume Society – UK symposium will take place in the historic city of Exeter. This year’s theme is Rites of Passage in the context of life in Britain.
While this includes reference to traditional clothing for important life events: christening clothes, first communion, bridal gowns, veils and trousseaux, and mourning dress, other events such as coming of age and clothing marking key milestones such as breeching and debutante dress will be explored.
Papers on any aspect or period of clothing in this context are welcomed. The theme is fairly wide ranging and offers many possibilities for papers. These could include:
- Wedding lace
- Growing up, teenage fashion, popular culture and dress
- The debutante’s wardrobe
- The Mourning Emporium
- Cultural practice and the new born
Interdisciplinary research based on garments and accessories, photography, film, literature, and archives are welcomed.
Deadline for submissions: November 8th 2013
For more information about the symposium and complete Call for Paper requirements, visit the Symposium 2014 in Exeter webpage.