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 …

CFP: Ageing and Dress

Call for Papers for a Special Issue: Ageing and Dress Who: Clothing Cultures, journal published by Intellect Books Submissions due: 1 November 2016 Submission guidelines: Manuscripts will not be considered unless they follow Intellect guidelines. Manuscripts should be approximately 5000 words and prepared using the Intellect Journal House Style. Please send manuscripts to Alex Franklin. For questions regarding submissions or enquiries regarding the journal, Clothing Cultures, please contact …

What Not to Wear? Dress for the Workplace

This evening I am seeing a short film about three women whose daily professions often focus on the experience of death.  Called Style to the End, the director Avril Furness explores what these three women will wear when death befalls them. Part of a series of events called Life, Death, Whatever, which aims to “redesign the dialogue about death and dying, to open it up …

Parisian Insights: Barbie at the Arts Décoratifs

I used to spend hours playing with my Barbie dolls as a child and young teenager, dressing them up, undressing them, making them celebrate parties, go to the beach, fall in love and even suffer from terrible accidents (why do children always have this thing with making their toys endure the most tragic events?)…When I heard about the Arts Décoratifs’s exhibition dedicated to the famous …

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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