CFP: Culture Costume and Dress, Multi-disciplinary Conference

Who: Faculty of Arts, Design, and Media, Birmingham City University Where: Birmingham City, Birmingham, UK When: May 10-12, 2017 Submission guidelines: Deadlines for abstract submissions is December 9, 2016. For more details, please visit the conference website. This multi-disciplinary, international conference will explore the nature of dress as it relates to, responds to, and influences culture. Through presentations, poster, panel discussions and performance, the conference …

Parisian Insights: Herb Ritts

There are some photographers that are closely linked to a certain 1990s glamour and sensuality – Herb Ritts is one of them. In an exhibition that has just closed its doors at the MEP (Musée Européen de la Photographie), the photographer’s work was  meticulously analyzed, from his iconic celebrity and fashion portraits to his musical videos and his African memorabilia. With Herb Ritts it’s a …

CFP: Inside the Wardobe

Call for Papers for Special Issue: Inside the Wardrobe  Who: Clothing Cultures, a journal published by Intellect Books Submission guidelines: Clothing Cultures invites submissions (of 2000–5000 words) from scholars addressing wearers’ relationships with their clothes. Clothing Cultures also welcomes non-traditional approaches to dress and object analyses. For more details or to submit papers please contact the editors: Dr Jo Turney and Alex Franklin. As the world becomes increasingly …

On teaching: Consumerism Season is nearing

  Dear readers, as I am spending the autumn school holidays with my child in continental Europe, I can’t stop noticing that shops and supermarkets have already stocked up on Christmas merchandise, while still selling pumpkins for Halloween. In fact, even if I look away, it is impossible to navigate the shops without all the seasonal junk. Bright orange round things are standing next to …

Exploring Japanese Textiles

This month’s post is inspired by a recent trip to the famous (in New Zealand) Asia Gallery and Vintage Fabric Emporium in Auckland. The Asia Gallery stocks vintage kimonos, textiles, furniture, jewellery, crafts and so much more. The walls are jam-packed full of every style of kimono and obi you could think of and I found the sheer volume of brightly coloured textiles overwhelming. As one often …

CFP: Exploring the Intersections of Fashion, Film, and Media

Special Issue: Exploring the Intersections of Fashion, Film, and Media Journal: Networking Knowledge, Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network Submission due: Abstracts of a maximum of 150 words, 5 keywords and a short biography should be submitted to the guest editors at elizabeth.lunden@ims.su.se and natalie.snoyman@ims.su.se by 27th October 2016. Paper Guidelines: Final papers should: Be no more than 6000 words long (including abstract, keywords, references, footnotes). The abstract should …

On Teaching Fashion: Why are the arts being threatened?

Last week, in the UK, it was announced that the A Level Art History qualification was to be scrapped, and that there will be no new intakes of students able to study this qualification. This has been met with extreme criticism as another blow to the opportunities within creative education. How are we, as a population, going to be able to develop the next generations able to preserve …

Review: The Costume Society Study Day on Fashion: Conform or Resist at LCF

In her book Fashion and Cultural Studies, Susan B Kaiser puts forward a case for thinking and studying fashion through a both/and, rather than a either/or perspective. Kaiser argues that ‘oppositional thinking […] oversimplifies differences and limits options for the analysis of connections and entanglements.” (1) Kaiser goes on to suggest that in order to fully understand fashion as a both/and experience, it is necessary …

CFP: Cross-dressing in fact and in fiction: norms, bodies, identities

Cross-dressing in fact and in fiction: norms, bodies, identities  Where: The University of Toulous, France When: April 21, 2017 Submission guidelines: Please send your proposal and a short bio to the conference convenor at catherine.delyfer@univ-tlse2.fr before November 1st, 2016. A selection of papers will be considered for publication. Fashion, the sociology of dress and the semiology of clothing have been the object of much attention since …

CFP: Portal to Progress: Transformations in Technology, Diversity in Dress

Portal to Progress: Transformations in Technology, Diversity in Dress  Who: The Costume Society of America (CSA) Where: Portland, Maine, USA When: May 31 – June 4, 2017 Submission Guidelines: Proposals are due October 14, 2016. Submitters must be members of the CSA or join at the time of submission. Submit abstracts of 500 words or less, including endnotes and/or selective bibliography. For panel presentations each panelist must …

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