CFP: BIAS Journal of Dress Practice

BIAS Journal of Dress Practice is a yearly publication edited by The Dress Practice Collective, a student-run organization at Parsons the New School for Design. The DPC aims to join elements of visual culture, fashion theory, design studies and personal practice through academic and creative inquiry across various media. BIAS is seeking academic and journalistic writing, interviews, non-fiction narratives, artwork, photography and projects based on …

You Should Be Watching: Fashion and the First Ladies

Michelle Obama’s time as First Lady of the United States has been characterized by several worthy initiatives, such as Let’s Move! which strives to eliminate childhood obesity in a generation, and encouraging students to continue their education past high school through Reach Higher. In addition to her important work, there is one topic that never fails to get Mrs. Obama media coverage: her fashion choices. Mrs. …

CFP: Fashion Tales 2015: Feeding the Imagination

June 18-20, 2015 Università Cattolica of Milan – Italy Since its beginnings in the middle of the 19th century, fashion has been narrated through multiple media, both visual and verbal, and for different purposes such as marketing and advertising, art, costume history, social research and cultural dissemination. Since then, fashion has represented an important piece of material culture in modern industrial urban societies and in …

CFP: Critical Costume 2015

Helsinki, Finland, March 25-27, 2015 Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture What does it mean to study costume in the 21st century? Early theoretical discourse on costume (Hollander 1975/1993; Wilson 1985/2013; Gaines 1990) underlines the active interrelation between costume, body and character by arguing that “costume assimilates bodily signifiers into character, but body as a whole engulfs the dress” (Gaines 1990: 193). In …

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 …

CFP: Costume Society of America 2015 Panel: Teaching Fashion History

This is a call for participants for a panel about teaching fashion and costume history/studies for the 2015 annual meeting of the Costume Society of America (to be held in San Antonio from May 27-30, 2015; find the general CSA CFP here.) Issues which panelists might consider (but are by no means limited to) include: -The role of material culture in academic fashion history/studies classrooms (how can …

You Should Be Watching: The Chinese Market for Luxury

The exponentially-growing Chinese market for Western luxury goods has changed the way that these items are sold, and fashion is no exception. This week’s YSBW presents news stories from the past year that discuss the shifts that many luxury fashion companies have made to attract Chinese customers as well as the challenges they have faced in their endeavors. This is a rich, ever-evolving topic, and …

CFP: Visible Lives in Material Things: Visual and Material Culture and Irish Cultural History

Chapter proposals are sought for a planned edited volume on visual and material culture and Irish cultural history. The respective material and cultural turns of the twentieth century have brought a number of disciplines into closer dialogue with one another in their approaches to Irish cultural history. While there has been no consensus on questions of methodology or a shared common purpose, a number of …

CFP: In the Context of Change: Approaching Emotions and Objects of Material Culture

XXI IAHR World Congress August 23-29, 2015 in Erfurt, Germany – Dynamics of Religion: Past and Present Panel: In the Context of Change: Approaching Emotions and Objects of Material Culture Every text and every material object – from architecture to food – is directly or indirectly related to emotions, either being shaped by emotions, aiming to evoke emotions, or stimulating emotional memories. All religious emotions …

You Should Be Watching: Hats!

This month’s YSBW focuses on millinery, taking a look inside the ateliers of two of today’s leading British milliners, Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy. The first video visits Stephen Jones in his workshop where he discusses his early years in the millinery business, historic references, and why he thinks millinery is still relevant to today’s fashion. The second presents an interview of Philip Treacy as he discusses …

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