CSA Midwest Annual Symposium

Registration is open for the Costume Society of America’s Midwest Region Annual Meeting & Symposium, “The Midwest on Stage and Screen,” in Madison, Wisconsin, October 22-24, 2015. The fee, which varies depending on registrant status, includes visits to the Helen Allen Louise Textile Collection, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Wisconsin Historical Museum, and Ten Chimneys, the historical home of Broadway stars Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. Visit the …

You Should Be Watching: Tapestry Conservation

A new video from Historic Royal Palaces is making the rounds on social media (assuming your connections include a group of fashion historians). The “February” tapestry, a 17th-century object that is on permanent display in the Kensington Palace privy chamber, is washed in a custom tub at Hampton Court Palace. Having done a small amount of of textile washing in labs during grad school, I …

CFP: Teaching Fashion Studies

Call for Submissions for Volume on Teaching Fashion Studies Deadline for full submissions: Friday, December 4th In recent years, courses and course units about fashion studies have become common at many colleges and universities. Fashion studies is a core part of curricula in the disciplines of American Studies, Business, Communication, History, Media Studies, Public History, Sociology, Visual Arts, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Despite the rise and …

CFP: Dressing Global Bodies

Call for Papers: Dressing Global Bodies: Clothing, Cultures, Politics and Economies in Globalizing Eras, ca. 1600s-1900s University of Alberta, Edmonton Deadline for submissions:October 1, 2015 Acceptances of papers to be announced: December 1, 2015 Themes could include, but are not limited to: Cross-cultural practices and patterns of dress and / or body adornment Production and distribution of clothing Gendered and ethnic shaping of dress practice Fashion politics …

You Should Be Reading: Kimonos

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts recently faced controversy over an event promoting La Japonaise, a 1876 Monet painting of his wife, Camille, wearing a kimono. The museum invited visitors to try on a kimono for a photo op in front of the painting. When snapshots from “Kimono Wednesdays” surfaced on social media, the MFA was swiftly accused of cultural insensitivity, appropriation, and racism. Of those …

CFP: The Art of Disguise

Costume Society of America Southeastern Region 2015 Annual Meeting and Symposium Old Salem Visitor Center (Winston-Salem, NC) Call for Papers: The Art of Disgusie Proposals due: August 1, 2015 CSA’s Southeastern Region invites research focusing on disguise – its history, its use in both entertainment and serious applications, and its world-wide use in celebrations. Abstracts are to be no longer than 350 words. Please include a …

Fashion-Focused Digital Resources: North American Women’s Letters and Diaries

I find myself returning North American Women’s Letters and Diaries (NAWLD) repeatedly when seeking firsthand observations and descriptions of historic dress. The database is only available to educational institutions, but many libraries provide access to it as part of a package with other Alexander Street Press databases, and free trials are available to librarians and faculty members. The vendor describes it as “the largest electronic collection of women’s …

CFP: Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption and Design

Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association’s (PCA/ACA) Proposals due: October 1, 2015 Conference held: March 21 – 25, 2016 in Seattle, WA Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design is seeking paper proposals for oral presentation at the annual conference. The conference will be held at the Seattle Sheraton and early reservations are recommended due to room-block maximums. Oral presentations will take place Tuesday through Friday. Fashion, Style, Appearance, …

You Should Be Reading: Designer Memoirs

Some of the most vivid primary sources for historic fashion research are autobiographies and memoirs of great designers. Several of the books listed below were required reading for a fashion history course in my M.A. program. They can be entertaining and intimate, and help historians make a stronger connection with these figures whom we associate primarily with their work and their legacies, but not their voices. Poiret amuses with …

You Should Be Watching: TV Shows Set in Fashion History

In addition to some of the great costume dramas currently airing–Wolf Hall, Outlander, Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey, Peaky Blinders–several series in past decades have specifically focused on an aspect of fashion history. Department stores are a popular setting, likely due to the opportunity for a range of characters and interactions. Mr. Selfridge, a recent, successful show in this genre, has been ordered for a fourth season. If …

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