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 event’s site for a full schedule and to register. Student members may apply for a travel award of up to $500.


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 expansion of courses and course units on fashion studies, there is currently no book offering pedagogical resources and examples of classroom exercises and assignments for instructors teaching in this ever-growing field. Teaching Fashion Studies: Pedagogies and Exercises addresses this significant gap, featuring examples of exercises and assignments for instructors incorporating fashion studies into their courses.

Each chapter will offer an example of a different exercise or assignment in fashion studies, a discussion of the wider scholarly and pedagogical issues which this exercise or assignment addresses, and guidance about how to most productively implement this exercise or assignment in the classroom. Issues to be addressed may include (but are not limited to): fashion as an art form, the business of fashion, fashion and globalization, fashion in the media and popular culture, the history of fashion, and the intersections of fashion and class, race, gender, and sexual identities and social structures.

For full details of submission guidelines for this volume, click here to access a Google Document.

Direct all queries, and full submissions, to Holly Kent at hkent3@uis.edu.


On Teaching: 1960’s Revival

Today was an interesting day. I met an amazing woman who graduated from Central Saint Martin’s in London and is a practicing patternmaker. Now, that introduction may sound underwhelming to you. Many very talented and amazing people have graduated from Central Saint Martin’s. What was amazing was that she graduated in 1960. Sitting before me was a woman who lived her 20’s through the “swinging 60’s” in London and was showing off her portfolio full of her college work from when London was just breaking into the “youth revolution.”

1960 picture 1

Photo courtesy of Air Canada

Jackie* came to see me today to apply for a teaching position to pass on her decades of knowledge. Obviously, when she reached out, I was intrigued. After today, I was astounded by her story and the work she had done. Her portfolio was moving, her work samples were perfection and her technique was flawless. She demonstrated her approach to a group of my colleagues and one comment a fashion-skeptic provided was, “I have never been interested in fashion until just now. Thank you for teaching me something new and opening my eyes to a new side of your field! (Personal Communication, June 2015).”

Jackie’s portfolio showed fabric combinations and design details that were iconic examples of that time frame. The illustrations not only highlighted the new silhouettes of the time but also the accessorizing details in hair, shoes and, in some instances, jewelry. She talked about her time living in London, going to school for fashion, and how she entered the industry after she left school. The guest speakers she was able to listen to and meet are the content of dreams!

1960 picture 2

Photo courtesy of Byron’s Muse

This meeting comes just after my consideration of the London Costume Society’s call for papers discussing 1960’s fashion. I enjoy researching historical fashion. In fact, I completed an undergraduate thesis on historical fashion and completed a second bachelor’s in Art History with a focus on studying historical dress through fine art. The 1960’s was an intriguing time in fashion and London was the center of much of the fashion revolution. Think about Mary Quant and John Bates. They are considered by many as the creators of current staples in our wardrobes such as the mini skirt (Fashion, 2015; Garments, 2015)). This revisiting of previous fashion decades is familiar to the industry. This season, the 1970’s have crowded stores with bell-bottoms and “hippie” accessories (Trochu, 2015). Maybe next year we will travel another decade back to the 1960’s?

1960 picture 3

Photo courtesy of Vogue

Someone questioned my reasoning for bringing in a faculty candidate that was so “seasoned.” They were curious if she would be “current” enough to keep the student’s interest in the classroom. I will admit Jackie was not the most trendy, but her experience and passion were enough alone. Add a tendency for revival of past trends, such as 1960’s fashion, and I make my case. I think she is an invaluable resource to teach students how to approach patternmaking and fashion. Bringing her knowledge  and experience into a college classroom setting will be the true revival of the 1960’s.

Do you agree? Would you take a class from a true, 1960’s London “Youth Revolution” woman or would you think she was no longer relevant?



Fashion in 1960’s London (2015). Retrieved from http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/f/1960s-fashion-london/ on July 29, 2015.

Garments worn by Marit Allen(2015). Retrieved from http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/g/garments-worn-by-marit-allen/ on July 29, 2015.

Trochu, Eugenie (February 03, 2015). Seventies Revival. Retrieved from http://en.vogue.fr/fashion/fashion-shopping/diaporama/shopping-trends-seventies-revival/18864 on July 29, 2015.


* Name change to protect identity.

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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 of dress in globalizing contexts
  • Circulation and re-use of dress and dress idioms
  • Design in globalized contexts
  • Representations of clothing cultures
  • Appropriation / acculturation of designs, materials, motifs
  • Dress in colonial / post-colonial contexts

Submission Requirements:

For individual speakers: a 200-word proposal and a one page CV

For full panels: a 200-word panel rationale, plus 200 word proposals for each panel participant along with an individual one page CV.

Themed panels with maximum three speakers are especially welcomed, but individuals papers are welcomed as well.

Send all submissions to: dgb.conference@ualberta.ca


Call for Nominations: TSA Fellows

New Program: Fellows of the Textile Society of America

Nominations Open May 1, 2015

Nominations Deadline Extended to August 15, 2015


The Textile Society of America is instituting a new program to recognize and honor individuals who have over the course of their careers, made path-breaking contributions to the field, in textile scholarship, education, art, or in sustaining textile arts globally.

Through this program TSA aims to foster recognition and appreciation for those who have dedicated their lives and work to the study, creation and preservation of textiles, and in doing so have inspired colleagues and transformed the field.

All TSA members are invited and encouraged to nominate colleagues who merit the status of Fellow of the Textile Society of America. Fellows need not be nationals or residents of the United States or Canada, nor do they have to be TSA members. Each nomination must be supported by a substantial account of the nominee’s contributions, including a brief professional biography of the nominee, as well as listing of seminal publications, exhibitions, or history of work. Each submission must be endorsed by two additional TSA members.

TSA will announce its first Fellows in the fall of this year, 2015. Nominations will be reviewed and selected biennially, by a special TSA Board-appointed committee.


CFP: Posing the Body: Stillness, Movement, and Representation

Friday 6 May 2016, Regent Street Cinema, University of Westminster, London

Saturday 7 May 2016, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, London


Posing has been central to art, dance, and sculpture for thousands of years. In recent years, the growing interest in fashion media and modelling has also focused attention on questions of pose and posing. Incorporating notions of movement and stillness, posing can be understood in terms of historical modes of representation, as well as contemporary media and rapidly evolving relationships between bodies, subjects, and technologies of representation. Posing incorporates symbolic and semiotic meaning alongside embodied action and feeling. Recent coverage of the work of choreographer Stephen Galloway in 032c magazine, and new publications such as Steven Sebring’s Study of Pose: 1000 Poses by Coco Rocha testify to the growing interest in the cultural significance of posing and the pose – yet both remain under-researched areas with little discussion of their significance.

This symposium will assert the importance of pose as both a creative practice and an emerging area of critical inquiry. It will bring together multi-disciplinary academics and practitioners to discuss and develop new ways of understanding pose and posing in a historical and contemporary context. We encourage proposals for papers that address pose from global and diverse perspectives. This event represents a potentially fruitful and exciting moment to bring these strands together to the benefit of researchers within practice and theory-based media, historians of dress, photography, art and film and allied disciplines.

Possible themes include (but are not limited to):

Modelling (fashion and artistic)

Gesture Dance (popular and classical)

Pose and the everyday

Movement and stillness

Posing, corporeality and the body

Posing and social media (Blogs, Instagram, etc.)

Submission process: Please submit abstracts of 150-200 words in English, along with a short biography of approximately 100 words to Posingthebody@gmail.com by 2 October 2015.

Organised by Rebecca Arnold, Oak Foundation Lecturer in History of Dress & Textiles, The Courtauld Institute of Art; Katherine Faulkner, Study Skills and Widening Participation Academic Coordinator, The Courtauld Institute of Art; Katerina Pantelides, Visiting Lecturer, The Courtauld Institute of Art and Eugénie Shinkle, Reader in Photography, University of Westminster.


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 separate cover page listing title, author, address, phone number, and email address. Submit all abstracts for paper presentations and research exhibits to Nancy Hodges.


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, Consumption & Design is concerned with all areas and aspects of style, fashion, clothing, design, and related trends, as well as appearances and consumption using and/or including: historical sources, manufacturing, aesthetics, marketing, branding, merchandising, retailing, psychological/ sociological aspects of dress, body image, and cultural identities, in addition to any areas relating to purchasing, shopping, and the methods consumers construct identity. Papers from all methods and disciplines are welcome. Innovative and new research, scholarship and creative works in the areas of fashion, design, the body and consumerism are encouraged.

The PCA/ACA is highly regarded in the academy with well over 5,000 academic oral presentations given internationally, two top-tier journals (The Journal of
American Culture and Journal of Popular Culture), and over 3,000 members. Proposals of no more than 250 words must be submitted via the conference site along with a 50-word bio. Multiple submissions are not allowed. Travel grants are available.


Upcoming Symposium: Fashion, Sex and Power

The Joanne B. Eicher Symposium II


September 11-12, 2015

McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Avenue, St. Paul MN 55108 

Attend the Fashion Sex and Power Symposium and meet colleagues from four continents presenting papers. Take advantage of the early bird registration and review the preliminary program.

READY NOW–Early Bird Registration and Preliminary Program at: http://design.umn.edu/fashionand/FashionSexPower.html

The symposium topics explore and discuss the relationships of power, sex and fashion in dress. Papers will begin at 1pm on Friday followed by a public (free) keynote address at 5:30pm by Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator, Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City.

Bonus Lecture (free) at 7:30 pm on “Alexey Brodovitch, Art Director,” related to Goldstein Museum of Design current exhibit in McNeal Hall.

Saturday panels will begin at 9 am and continue through late afternoon, and a celebratory dinner in the evening.

The deadline for early bird registration is July 31.

*NOTE FROM MONICA: This is happening in my area, so I can help people figure out travel logistics, and, if enough people come I’d be happy to organize a Worn Through meet up


CFP: Fashion and the Body

Fashion and the Body

April 29-30, 2016

University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota


As fashion is inescapably tied to the body, the 2016 symposium offers the opportunity to examine the complexities of this inexorable relationship. As we fashion our bodies and our appearances through-out life, so we communicate our adherence to cultural norms and societal expectations for body shape and size. Thus, the body can be viewed as the result of fashion. It is not only body supplements (e.g., clothing, accessories) that are the focus of scholarly attention but also countless modifications and body alterations (e.g., tattooing, piercings) that are practiced and imbued with meaning. Questions addressed can include how modifications are done in addition to why, when, where, and with what purposes. Additional questions include presentations of the body and how they are used to market and sell along with the importance of body image and satisfaction to daily behaviors.

The symposium has an inclusive definition of the term “fashion”. While fashion is often understood to center on apparel choices, fashion can be recognized as the current style or way of behaving in any field. Thus, proposals are welcome from divergent fields such as architecture, anthropology, cultural studies, history, interior design, graphic design, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies among others to examine interconnections and intersections between fashion and gender.

Through a series of scholarly presentations, panel discussions, and design presentations by academics, researchers, graduate students, undergraduates, the symposium participants will explore, define, and document the interconnections between fashion and the body.

Symposium Participation:

You are invited to participate in this symposium by submitting a written abstract detailing research, an abstract of innovative teaching strategy, a design, or a proposal for a panel of speakers addressing some aspect of fashion and the body.. The official conference language is English. All accepted abstract submissions will be published in the conference proceedings.

Symposium formats include poster sessions, design work, concurrent design/research/teaching presentations [15 – 20 minutes], and panel sessions [60 minutes]. Panel or collaborative presentations are encouraged.

Important dates:
January 8, 2016: All proposed submissions for the symposium (designs, abstracts, panels) due and received. Abstracts are in final form (there will be no opportunity for authors to make changes prior to publication in proceedings so please proof and edit carefully).
February 12, 2016: Notice of acceptance emailed to corresponding author and copyright forms sent to corresponding authors for proceedings. Online registration opens.

Click here to read the full Call for Presentations and submission guidelines.