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:

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.


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 before 30th June 2015.

Download the announcement here.


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 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


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,

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!


CFP: Feeding Fashion Energy – New Pathways for Fashion Education

Fashion Colloquia Milano hosted by Domus Academy, Italy

September 21 – 22, 2015

Contributions by June 30, 2015

We are calling for a global conversation that reviews both our former, current and future pathways within fashion education. In particular, we need to identify our strengths, what is effective and valuable.

The themes of food and energy for life are central themes within the Expo World Trade Fair taking place this year in Milan.

This premise seems to naturally move towards the nourishing of energy as a prominent phenomenon in our lives. Fashion is a cultural industry that works as a body in which all organs are contributing to generate the right output.

Our contribution to this global event is to call for an international forum to review fashion education.

The success of fashion globally is indisputable and the constant challenge for us involved in its education is to strive to provide graduates that are able to make effective contributions to this exciting and fast-paced industry.

The richness of this industry, and the opportunities it provides, demands that we offer a dynamic and responsive route to education. Our concern is that perhaps we in fashion education have been guilty of continuing to offer models and teaching formats that remain firmly rooted in the last century of thinking and delivery – the question this observation inspires is: do we need to think creatively and act differently? 

In these circumstances we are calling for a global conversation that reviews both our former, current and future pathways within fashion education. In particular, we need to identify our strengths, what is effective and valuable.

Yet concurrently we must also have the courage to identify our short-comings – where and what we need to improve, We also have to think are some of these issues local or are these broader global issues – and if these are the latter, then how might we help/exchange with other locations to respond to these situations.

Fashion is a global phenomenon and undoubtedly we need to fully consider a coordinated global response.

We argue that the timing of Expo event here in Milan offers us the perfect opportunity to call for contributions to this international review of fashion education. We want to hear the voices of fashion educators from across the globe – so please come to Milan. 

Yet we also feel that we need to open up our forum to voices from outside and beyond academia. Therefore, we would be very interested to hear from other contributions to inspire our thinking (from: students, new graduates, artists, storytellers, industry professionals, media and journalists etc.).

Accordingly, we would like to invite proposals, abstracts, videos (etc.), to contribute to these intensive two days of examination here in Milan.

We want to hear about good practice, new ideas, and challenges for the future. We want people from all types of background, interested in the future of fashion, to contribute – to challenge us and come to Milan and to make a difference for the future of fashion! Timing for presenters will be condensed in 7 minutes plus Q&A please make it strong make it clear!

Please submit your idea here (the deadline will be June 30, 2015 – send your contribution to –

Of course, not everyone might want to present, so if you would rather just attend, then please register at: fashioncolloquiamilan@domusacademy.itstating why you would like to attend and what you feel you will get from this attendance.


CFP: Making Trans/national Contemporary Design History

Making Trans/national Contemporary Design History
ICDHS 2016 Taipei | The 10th International Conference on Design History and Design Studies (ICDHS), Taipei, Taiwan, October 26-28, 2016, hosted by the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.

Abstract due: July 20, 2015

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for ICDHS 2016 Taipei, The 10th International Conference on Design History and Design Studies.

Taipei – the ‘World Design Capital of 2016’ welcomes proposals for the ICDHS 2016 Taipei to share this historical moment and think critically about design in the global context. This fast moving, culturally complex city is an ideal place for debat-ing and making a trans/national contemporary design history – an aim that has been part of the ICDHS’s goal of inclusive and far-reaching design history and design studies. In producing innovative design while leading the postcolonial debate on transnational identities and practicing democratic activism, Taiwan and its geo-cultural location offers a compelling conference platform.

We are seeking proposals for the following eight strands that will cover a wide range of themes including local level issues specific to East Asia and inter-Asian connections. Furthermore, topics that have been developed through previous ICDHS conferences (, and the undiscovered, newly emerging ideas in the field of design history and design studies will also be considered for inclusion. The overarching aim of this conference is to explore different possibilities of engagement that advance ‘global’, ‘world’ and ‘transnational’ design histories and studies. The eight strands are:

1. Inter-Asia and design historical issues in Asia
2. Trans/national design theory and identity
3. Science, technology and sustainability
4. Craft, material culture and cultural industry
5. Design policies, pedagogies and creative economy
6. Contemporary design practice
7. Activism, democracy and design interventions
8. Open strand

Proposals for individual 20-minute papers, or for panels organized around a common theme, and/or poster presentations should use the form provided from the conference website: Upon completion, please upload and submit the form to

Proposal submissions must be in English, and should include the following:
• An abstract not exceeding 300 words
• Indication of strand and participation type
• 5 keywords

The official language of the conference is English and Chinese. Submissions of full papers or posters in either English or Traditional Chinese are open to the choice of authors. Full paper and panel presentations in the conference could be conducted in either English or Mandarin Chinese.

All submissions will go through an anonymous, double-blind review process. The deadline for proposal submissions is July 20, 2015. Applicants will be advised whether their proposals have been successful by early October 2015, and for successful proposals an invitation for submission of the full paper or poster presentation will follow. Full papers in English should not exceed 3,000 words, while full papers in Traditional Chinese should not exceed 6,000 characters. Poster presentations in English should not exceed 1,500 words, and those in Traditional Chinese should not exceed 3,000 characters. 

For all conference participants, proceedings will be available in digital format, and online for long-term dissemination. Print format will be available as an option with a small charge to cover basic printing cost. With authors’ agreement, selected papers will be published in a thematically formed volume by the one of the official conference journals: International Journal of Design, or Sheji Xuebao 設計學報 (Journal of Design), the two Taipei-based academic journals.

For further information, please refer to the conference website:
Any queries should be addressed to this email:


CFP: Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion Special Issue

Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion call for papers 

Special Issue: ‘Exhibiting Masculinity’ 

Deadline to submit is: February 1, 2016

The early twenty-first century has witnessed a relative spark, if not an explosion, of museum projects devoted solely or predominantly to the subject of men’s fashion, and has coincided with new emphasis on questioning and examining forms of dressed and embodied masculinity; see for example Vol. 2 No. 1 of Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion, March 2015.

In this special issue of Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion we are interested in critical intersections between museology, masculinity and fashion. Intellect Books invites submissions on topics including but not limited to the following:

• Museum exhibitions of men’s fashion
• Museum collections of men’s fashion
• Examination of respective issues in developing collections and /or exhibitions of women’s versus men’s fashion
• Masculinity as a subject of museum inquiry
• Problems and practices in exhibiting men’s fashion in the museum
• Audience engagement with museums and masculinity
• Conservation issues around men’s dress

All submissions must follow Intellect’s house style for review. Manuscripts should be approximately 5000-7000 words and use British spelling. It is the author’s responsibility to clear image rights usage if they are included in the manuscript. Please send submissions and queries to the guest editors Sally Gray ( or Roger Leong at (

See the full call for more information.


CFP: Churchill Weavers Research Fellowship

Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY
Churchill Weavers Fellowship

Application deadline: June 1, 2015
Notification by: July 15, 2015

This program makes available one of the finest weaving archives in the nation for scholarly research. The Churchill Weavers collection is an untapped resource for scholarship in such areas as labor history and textile production in Appalachia. Churchill Weavers operated in Berea, Kentucky, from 1922 to 2007 and once was considered America’s premier producer of luxury handwoven goods. This comprehensive collection includes business records, artifacts and an extensive fabric archive. In addition to using the Churchill Weavers collection, a fellow also may explore related KHS collections. Learn more about Churchill Weavers and the KHS collection.

Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae or resume and prospectus. Your prospectus should describe your current project and its significance, emphasizing how it would benefit from research at KHS. Include a project overview, theoretical perspectives, sources, methods, work completed to date, necessity of KHS collections research, significance, bibliography. In this description make sure to cover the following points:

• What is the end-product of your project?
• What aspects of the Churchill Weavers collection and other KHS collections or resources
contribute to your project? How so?
• What collections essential for your project are NOT at KHS?
• How much time do you intend to spend at KHS
• What is the estimated timetable for your project?

Graduate and undergraduate students must include two letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with the student’s work and with the project being proposed. Independent scholars who do not have a curriculum vitae should provide a statement about their experience with historical research and publishing. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Louise Jones, or 502-564-1792, ext. 4407, well in advance to help orient them to the Churchill Weavers collection.

More information and the application form can be found here.