CFP: The Legality of Dress

The Association of Dress Historians invites proposals for papers for its summer conference entitled The Legality of Dress: Historical and Modern Approaches to the Control of Clothing and Textile Production, held July 12, 2014 in London, England. Contributions from a historical or contemporary perspective from anthropologists, legal practitioners, historians, art & dress historians, military historians, curators, designers, makers and manufacturers will be welcome. It is hoped that an interdisciplinary, trans-historical approach will enrich discussion, provide insights and contribute to the evolution of the discipline of Dress History. Papers, to be illustrated with a Powerpoint presentation, should be twenty minutes in length.

  • Historical/philosophical attitudes to the control of clothing
  • Dress regulations that have shaped or challenged identities (personal, national, professional, gender, etc.)
  • Aspects of historical sumptuary laws
  • The dress of justice and education: regulations for lawyers & academics
  • Diplomatic and official dress
  • Rules & regulation for civilians at regal courts
  • The regulation of dress for orphanages, hospitals, factories & prisons
  • Legal dress regulations in the military
  • Manufacturers, designers & legislation for copyright & patents
  • Law, dress & gender past & present
  • Fashion house licensing: designers, authorship and copyright

Deadline for abstracts: February 28, 2014

Abstract length: appx. 300 words

Submissions should be sent to

For further information see the events/conference webpage at:


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