CFP: Shapeshifting

A Conference on Transformative Paradigms of Fashion and Textile Design

April 14-16 2014

Shapeshifting will explore fashion and textile design’s relation to the ability of an organism to change its shape into another form or being and to speculate on how the future of fashion and textiles could be transformed.

Design practitioners, educators and theorists are invited to submit abstracts for papers, panel discussions, or creative works around the following suggested themes:

  • Ambiguous & Automated Forms: obscured or enigmatic silhouettes, experimental pattern-cutting, displacement design (chronological & physical), mechanized clothing.
  • Surface & Structural Transformations: alchemy/hybrid forms, disruptive patterns/ camouflage, bio-mimicry, shape-memory, illusion, fibretronics, e-textiles, smart fabrics.
  • The Fashion System & The Ephemeral: Identity, prescience, paradoxes, politics.
  • Transformational Strategies: Consumerism, services, social/media interfaces, sustainability, experiences, customisation, adaptation, transformation, agility.

The date for submission of abstracts has been extended to October 15th 2013.

Keynote speakers confirmed to date include: Nick Cave, Ying Gao, Gareth Pugh, Otto von Busch and Elaine Ng Yan Ling

Visit the Shapeshifting website for full conference information and abstract submission guidelines.

Contact Mandy Smith or Frances Joseph with questions.

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