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

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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

Nominate

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.

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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

CALL FOR PAPERS 

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.

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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.

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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.

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Upcoming Symposium: Fashion, Sex and Power

The Joanne B. Eicher Symposium II

FASHION, SEX, & POWER

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

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CFP: Fashion and the Body

Fashion and the Body

April 29-30, 2016

University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS FOR THE 2016 SYMPOSIUM:

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.

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CFP: Fashion Colloquia: Feeding Fashion Energy

Proposals due: June 30, 2015
Colloquia held: September 21-22, 2015

Fashion Colloquia: Feeding Fashion Energy – New pathways for fashion education”, organized in collaboration with Institut Français de la Mode, London College of Fashion and Parsons New York, is taking place at Domus Academy on 21st and 22nd September and will be part of Expo 2015.

“Fashion Colloquia: Feeding Fashion Energy – New pathways for fashion education” will offer two intensive days to explore new creative paths and fashion culture, through meetings and debates with artists, managers, students, reporters, communicators, intellectuals and educators.

The call for papers to attend the event is now open! If you are interested in making a difference for the future of fashion and you want to present your ideas in just 7 minutes you can send your contribution by writing to fashioncolloquiamilan@domusacademy.it before 30th June 2015.

Download the announcement here.

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CFP: Restraint and Excess in Fashion and Dress

Costume Colloquium V: Restraint and Excess in Fashion and Dress
Florence, Italy

Abstracts due June 15, 2015
November 17-20, 2016 (Exact dates to be confirmed)

Call for Papers

The Advisory Committee and organizers of the next Costume Colloquium dedicated to Restraint and Excess in Fashion and Dress are seeking new and unpublished papers for the 2016 conference. As with all the previous Costume Colloquium conferences, presentations can be made on material of a theoretical and/or practical nature. Not only informative, but also inventive and creative presentations are welcome.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following themes and subthemes:

Fashionable restraint:
Physical body distortion, health issues and wearing restrictive garments

Unfashionable restraint:
Sumptuary legislation, dress codes and regulations in religious, civil and military attire

Fashion on show and display:
On stage, at Court, on catwalks, in store fronts, in museums

Embellishments and accessories:
Opulent decorations, jewelry, handbags, shoes, etc.

Too much or too little:
Extravagant, exotic, erotic, modest, minimalistic

Excess and restraint in the development of the fashion industry:
Globalization and international trade, shopping and consumerism, emerging markets

Submission Information and Instructions:

Send your proposal abstract to info@costume-textiles.com with Abstract Submission CCV in the subject line, using the CCV Submission Form that you can download here. Only abstracts using the form will be accepted. Read the full call and review proposal criteria at costume-textiles.com.

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A Postcard from Abroad: Summertime in the UK

Hello!  It’s nice to be back, and be able to bring you a summery round up of fashion related events and exhibitions in the UK over the next few months.  My last Worn Through contribution was in early spring and I must say a massive thank you to our Managing Editor Brenna Barks for covering in my absence with some great videos; that last one certainly sets the seasonal tone!

To start, I would like to mention the Textile Society has a great overview of events, exhibitions and activities over the summer that cover both fashion and textiles interests.  I strongly recommend having a closer look because whereas I tend to focus more on London and fashion related events, they provide excellent UK coverage of textile related events.  With that in mind, there are a few things taking place in the capital that I want to highlight now!

 

The first one is the Institute of Historical Research’s (IHR) 84th Anglo-American Conference of Historians, 2-3 July, which focuses on the subject of fashion In collaboration with the V&A Museum, the IHR hopes to showcase the importance of fashion and how it brings together museums, graduate teaching programmes, learned societies and the fashion profession around a common set of interests and concerns.  This two day conference includes over 30 panel sessions, which encompass the history of fashion, tastes, design innovation, globalisation, museum display, consumption and retailing.  There will also be a special exhibition in the IHR,  in partnership with the Senate House Library, that looks like a rare opportunity to see fashion images from their catalogues.  Tickets are now available and a provisional programme can be viewed here.

Fine Cell Work, 2010, littleblackbookofart.com

The second display to catch my eye is the artist Cornelia Parker’s contemporary Magna Carta, on public view at the British Library until 24 JulyTo mark its 800th anniversary, the British Library commissioned Parker to create a new artwork and her response was to fabricate the entire Wikipedia entry on the Great Charter with only embroidered stitches.  While the work was produced in association with the Embroiderer’s Guild, the Royal School of Needlework and Hand & Lock, many hands contributed to the piece, including Fine Cell Work, who support prisoners by training them in needleworkHave a look at the video about the making of the piece – it’s fascinating. I am really looking forward to seeing this in person and great to see such a esteemed British artist drawing upon textiles as her medium of choice here.

The third event I want to mention is actually two, insomuch they are both shows based in universities.  At Goldsmiths University, the BA Fine Art/History of Art students have drawn upon the Goldsmiths Textiles Collection to create Reconstructing Textiles.  This exhibition, only open until 23 June, is an attempt to draw connections between contemporary practices and archival material. For me, any opportunity to see the Goldsmiths Textiles Collection is a golden one and it is great to see students engaging with previous students work in the archive.

Image taken from Fabric of the City website. Unknown source.

At The Cass, part of London Metropolitan University, staff and students have invited textile and fashion designers to celebrate the local history of Spitalfield’s 17th century silk weavers for an exhibition entitled Fabric of the City.  This is part of The Cass’ contribution to the festival ‘Huguenot Summer 2015’, organised by the Huguenots of Spitalfields in partnership with the City of London.  The Cass is where I teach so it is great to share what they are up to, especially as, due to health reasons, I have not been there these last couple of months.  The exhibition runs 10-25 July.

Morecambe and Wise presenting Miss Great Britain 1965. Photograph: Fashion and Textile Museum

Moving on, summer is that time when we panic about swimwear in the UK, especially because the opportunity to wear it, given our climate, is so very small.  However, this does not stop us fantasising about the ideal bikini or one-piece nor us purchasing something new each year in the hope that this time, it really will be perfect!  Seeking some kind of perspective then, it may be helpful to catch RIVIERA STYLE Resort & Swimwear since 1900at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London this summer.  On until 30 August, this exhibition, in association with Leicestershire County Council Museums, focuses not just on swimwear style but also technological developments in fabric and the role of retailing in making those design innovations popular.  I hope to review this later on in the month but be great to hear from anyone who has already visited in the comments below.

Camper advertising, SS 1977 and SS 1992 Source: Design Museum

While on the topic of summer sartorial concerns, shoes are also perhaps a major obsession as we dare to bare our pale pieds.  Last year, I was obsessed with clogs.  I thought they were the perfect summer shoe because, unlike most sandals, they kept my toes out of sight.  However, after realising I cannot walk in clogs – too many years wearing flats – I am now still on the lookout for my ideal summer shoe.  Along with my ideal swimming garment, come to think of it.  Perhaps then it comes as no surprise to see two major London design museums dedicating their summer exhibition space to what we put on our feet.  In east London, the Design Museum focuses on the Spanish footwear brand Camper in Life on Foot while in west London, the V&A Museum looks at the extremities footwear has gone to in Shoes: Pleasure and Painife on Foot, open now until 1 November, is the use of archival material from Camper to tell the design story of their products from the drawing board to the concept store.  Meanwhile, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, open 13 June until 31 January 2016, draws upon the V&A’s historic collection to present over 200 pairs of shoes in considering how technology often provides opportunities for extreme wearability

Detail from United States market advertisement, 1947. Courtesy of Jamie Mulherron.

Lastly, I noticed an exhibition about Pringle of Scotland knitwear at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh entitled Fully Fashioned and open until 16 August.  Marking the company’s 200th anniversary, the exhibition charts the history of what is now an international fashion brand with the use of archival material and knitwear garments. I would love to hear from anyone who has visited it or whether it might be travelling to other museums later in the year.

Happy holidays!

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