CFP: Fashioning Professionals


A symposium on the historical and contemporary representation of cultural and creative professions

Research Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, March 27, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Agnès Rocamora

The labour market is increasingly made up of those working in the creative professions of fashion, art, design and advertising, but what does it mean to be defined and represented as a ‘creative professional’? From artist to curator; couturier to fashion intern; designer to art director; architect to design student; stylist to blogger; these professional identities can be viewed as social practices, enacted and performed through media, which includes the fashion press, lifestyle magazines, daily news, television, film, and the internet. Here social, cultural and professional identities are co-constructed. These professions and their professionals are both products of, and productive in meanings and values that inform our understanding and knowledge of culture, in both the past and present. They also vary in their representation according to different levels of expertise and career status.

Focusing on the representation of cultural and creative professions, Fashioning Professionals asks the following questions: How have photography and media worked to define and represent creative labour in particular ways? How have individuals represented and defined themselves as professionals in different fields of culture? How do different aspects of cultural identity, such as gender, class and ethnicity, inform these representations? How do different methodologies and disciplinary approaches enrich the study of cultural and creative professions? How can histories and theories of fashion and design contribute to a wider reading and understanding of the professions?

We welcome papers from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives that respond to and reflect upon these questions in relation to the following cultural sectors and their professions:

  • Ÿ Art
  • Ÿ Fashion
  • Ÿ Advertising
  • Ÿ Design
  • Ÿ Architecture

Proposals: If you wish to present a paper, please submit a 250 word abstract in Word format to

Abstracts are to include the following information:

  • Ÿ Author(s)
  • Ÿ Affiliation(s)
  • Ÿ Email Address(es)
  • Ÿ Title of Abstract
  • Ÿ Body of Abstract

Deadline for Submissions: Monday January 5, 2015

Acceptance Confirmation: Monday January 26, 2015

Please note that there will be a £10 fee for attending the symposium, which will cover lunch, tea and coffees. Registration for the symposium will open in February 2015.

Organising Chairs: Dr. Leah Armstrong and Dr. Felice McDowell

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Twitter: @fashioningprofs

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