CFP: The Costume Society Symposium

The Costume Society Symposium in London
Friday 3 – Sunday 5 July 2015

This symposium theme is The Power of Gold. This is intentionally wide-ranging and offers many possibilities for papers which could focus on any aspect, period or geographical area in relation to dress and appearance. Papers are welcomed which interpret the theme imaginatively through different approaches and issues, drawing on interdisciplinary research based on garments and accessories, jewellery, photography, film, literature, and archives.

Subjects could fall within the following headings:

•The power of the use of gold in fashion and dress – issues of status, symbolism and cultural meanings, ranging for instance from fashion for beach and sunbathing to the power of golden jewellery

•Fashion’s fascination with gold – couture from its 19th century origins to the 21st century

•The power of gold in ceremonial and religious dress – the use of gold fabrics and embroidery in court dress in Europe or Asia, or ecclesiastical vestments from Opus Anglicanum to the present day

•Gold in fancy dress, theatre and film costume

•Golden fabrics – manufacturing techniques, design, status and consumption, such as 18th century silks to gold and metallic fabrics in the 1920s and 1930s

Papers are welcome from academics, collectors, curators, designers, research students, and independent scholars. Papers, with the exception of those by keynote speakers will be of 30 minutes duration with illustrations by PowerPoint.

Deadline: Those wishing to offer papers should submit an abstract of about 200 words with a short CV by 23rd October 2014 in WORD (no formatting). All submissions will receive replies by January 2015.

Abstracts and CVs should be sent to

Submissions will be considered by a committee from the Costume Society Executive Committee.

The Society regrets that it is not possible to pay for expenses in the preparation and presentation of a paper, or for travel to the Symposium.

The Society offers a bursary for a student to attend the Symposium – details can be found on our website

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