CFP: Trimmings: Adorning the Fashionable Figure in the 17th Century

Conference Call for papers
Trimmings: Adorning the Fashionable Figure in the 17th Century

Abstracts due: March 31, 2015
Conference held: June 6-7, 2015
Plymouth, MA

Plimoth Plantation’s 17th-Century Trimmings Conference will take place on June 6th and 7th, 2015. The process and purpose of adorning oneself with decorative and embellished wardrobes was an important part of the post-medieval world. The trimmings trade contributed to a global economy, supported a complex guild structure, and bolstered expressions of social and economic class.

We are seeking submissions for a series of academic presentations to be given at the conference. Topics are not limited to the 1620s, but may range from the 16th to the 18th century. Both theoretical and practical topics will be considered; we are looking for papers or projects that are informational, creative and innovative! Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Production: material sourcing, mechanical innovations, creation and skill
Economics: global trade, social capital, tradesmen and guild structures
Symbolism: Military or religious meaning, vanity and morality, adornment in current popular culture

The deadline for abstract submission is March 31, 2015, and notification of acceptance will occur by April 15. Please send your proposal abstract by filling out a submission form. Only abstracts using the form will be accepted. Length of presentations: 20 minutes.

Plimoth Plantation is unable to pay for any expenses involved in the preparation and presentation of papers. Please obtain all necessary permissions for use of images before the presentation is given. Participants will receive free admission to the trimmings conference.

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