Space for Fashion Thinking &  Practice: Review, Reflect, Revise
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Space for Fashion Thinking & Practice: Review, Reflect, Revise

Fashion Research Network Interdisciplinary Symposium and Exhibition
Friday 8th September 2017, 
Coventry University London, University House, 109-117 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7JF

We cordially announce our Call for Papers for Space for Fashion Thinking & Practice: Review, Reflect, Revise an interdisciplinary symposium and exhibition at Coventry University London. 
As we move into our fifth year the Fashion Research Network (FRN) invite you to Review, Reflect and Revise. FRN began as a collaborative project with the aim of promoting and sharing the work of PhD and early career fashion and dress researchers; bridging the gaps and exploring the intersections between contemporary, practice based research, historical and theoretical approaches to dress.
From our beginnings as a small group organising a pair of events at the Royal College of Art and Courtauld Institute of Art, the Fashion Research Network has grown and developed through nearly 40 events to become a leading organisation in fashion research. FRN is a space for dialogue, exchange and experimentation about fashion and dress thinking and practice. This symposium draws on our interdisciplinary approach and brings together the themes of our discussions of the last five years to highlight future areas of collaboration, practice and dialogue.
The first in a series of events marking 5 years of the FRN, Space for Fashion Thinking & Practice: Review, Reflect, Revise considers the current state of interdisciplinary fashion thinking and practice. We invite you to participate in the symposium and exhibition and request abstracts on fashion thinking and practice on the following interdisciplinary themes:
Fashion and Space
Image and Spectacle
Sensory and Emotive
Collaboration and Exchange
Fashion and Ethics
Identity and Race
Gender and Society
Culture and Geography
Fashion Making and Display
Curating and Exhibition Making
Digital Futures and Innovation
Industry and Practice
We are particularly keen to receive abstracts from PhD and early-career researchers.
Abstracts for 15-minute paper presentations should be submitted together with the name, affiliation and email address and a short 50-60 word biography of the applicant to and by Friday 28th July 2017. 
In addition, fashion and dress practitioners are also invited to exhibit their work following similar themes as outlined above. Forms of practice-based work can be exhibited either in the form of an A1 sized poster OR artefact based object(s). Applications for the exhibition should take the form of one A4 page rationale of the proposed exhibit together with up to 5 low res jpeg images (or films) together with the name, affiliation and email address and a short 50-60 word biography of the applicant  to and by Friday 28th July 2017.

Costume Colloquium VI
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Costume Colloquium VI

  • Florence Italy

Costume Colloquium VI: Textiles in Fashion – Creativity in Context

Florence, Italy, November 14-18, 2017

The Advisory Committee is seeking new and unpublished papers for the Costume Colloquium VI: Textiles in Fashion – Creativity in Context 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: 

  • From Fiber to Fashion: past and present processes of fashion creation and commercialization around the world
  • Materials and Techniques: printing, surface treatment, weaving, fibers (natural, eco fibers, recycling, nanotechnology, tactile and optical properties), non-woven textiles, etc.
  • Archives, masterpieces, collections sample books and work records, etc.: documentation of textiles and fashion production (historic and contemporary)

 Submission Information and Instructions:

Send your proposal abstract to with Abstract Submission CCVI in the subject line, using the CCVI Submission Form that you can download HERE. Only abstracts using the form will be accepted.

Your proposal abstract must be received following these criteria:

  • Language for the abstract submission is English.
  • All the personal data for the author and the co-author(s) must be filled out. If there are no co-authors please leave the space blank. If there should be more than 3 co-authors add the table lines underneath as needed.
  • Your affiliation and your job title (and/or description) are requested. Please consult past Costume Colloquium programs on the website ( for examples.
  • The abstract text can be a maximum of 400 words. Should your abstract proposal be accepted, the text you submit will be published unedited online as it is received.
  • The abstract proposal should give an, as specific as possible, indication of what you intend to present. General discourse on any topic is not acceptable.
  • Include a brief autobiography (200 words maximum). This should describe your current field of interest and highlight your more significant or pertinent accomplishments. This should be a description rather than a list of your activities and publications.
  • You can include a list (maximum 5 entries) of publications that best represent your expertise.
  • If you have images (maximum 5 no larger than 1mb total) to support your proposal, include them in the CCVI Submission Form in the indicated field.

Costume Colloquium is unable to pay for any expenses involved in the preparation and presentation of papers. You are responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions for use of images before the presentation is given.

Length of presentations: 20 minutes.

June 14th 2017 – extended to July 30 2017: Abstract submission deadline. Your proposal abstract and brief autobiography must be received via email no later than midnight Italian local time.

November 23rd 2017: Notification of paper acceptance. Candidates who pass the selection will be informed of the Advisory Committee’s decision.

December 4th 2017: Notification of speaker acceptance due. Once accepted, successful candidates (one only if multiple authors) will be required to pay a Speaker Fee (220-euro VAT included) to guarantee their participation in the conference program.  Multiple authors will have the benefit of a reduced attendance fee (to be established). Travel, accommodation, and board expenses will not be covered.  Written confirmation of acceptance and payment of the Speaker Fee on the part of the presenter must be received no later than midnight Italian local time.

For further inquiries please contact:

Fashion and Media
5:00 pm17:00

Fashion and Media

October 14, 2017, University of Drexel, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Fashion is signified and utilized through various forms of media. In Fashion And…symposium we will focus on how fashion is portrayed in all types of media. Presentations should examine the representations and expressions of fashion, apparel, garments, clothing, and textiles in various forms. Whether examining the latest technological innovations in fashion design, or how clothing is portrayed in paintings and sculpture, to the use of social media allowing an individual to show the latest clothing they purchased to friends, this symposium aims to push the envelopeof scholarship to gain new understandings about the visual expression of fashion, apparel, garments, clothing and textiles through all media types. From the historical to the contemporary – the technological to fine artistic expression, Fashion And Media aims to be international in scope and represent a wide variety of disciplines, with a particular emphasis on perspectives and approaches from the humanities, social sciences, and the arts interconnections between fashion and media.

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 fine arts, digital media, television, film, merchandising, fashion design, business, 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 media.

This symposium provides the opportunity for academics, researchers, graduate, and undergraduate students to exchange research findings, innovative teaching strategies, and creative designs addressing the interrelationships between fashion and media.


You are invited to participate in this symposium by submitting a written abstract detailing scholarship and/or research study, an abstract of innovative teaching strategy, a design, or a proposal for a panel of speakers addressing some aspect of fashion and media (all panel members will have to register). All accepted abstract submissions will be published in the conference proceedings.

Symposium formats include poster sessions (wall mountable only), design work, concurrent design, scholarship/research and teaching presentations (each speaker will have 15 – 20 minutes), and panel sessions that are submitted will need to have a minimum of 3 participants.

 Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Fashion in Fine Arts
  • Fashion in Print Media & Advertising
  • Fashion in Magazines & Marketing
  • Magalogues & Catalogues
  • Fashion on Television
  • The Internet & Fashion
  • Fashion in Public Relations & Events
  • The Runway As a Form of Fashion Media
  • Historical Twists in Fashion Because of Media Influences
  • Artwork & Design Representing Fashion Through New Forms of Media
  • The Impact of Social Media on Style and Fashion
  • Changes in the Psychology and Sociology of Fashion Because of Media
  • How media helps us to communicate fashion identities
  • Media and its relations to gender and fashion
  • Media and its relations to fashion and sex
  • Fashion, Media & The Body
  • Fashion, Media, Work & Careers
  • Fashion, Media & Popular and American Culture
  • Other Proposals Related to Fashion & Media

Submission Guidelines

Abstract Abstracts should present research/scholarship/teaching/design that has not been published or presented at other professional conferences. Use Times New Roman, font size 12, for all text including titles and 1 inch margins. Prepare three electronic files, all in Microsoft Word format. Undergraduate submissions must have a faculty sponsor. It is the responsibility of the faculty sponsor to screen the entries for quality, completeness, and accuracy and to be actively involved in the submission process. All research/teaching/design submissions presented at the symposium will be included in the Proceedings. An author whose work is accepted, an author from a team of researchers, or the undergraduate faculty sponsor must attend the symposium and present the work as well as register for the symposium.

File 1 contains a cover page with title of paper and name and contact information (address, phone number, email) for all authors. Corresponding author is designated. All symposium information will be sent to corresponding author only.

File 2 contains an abstract in English for review (2 pages maximum, single spaced, in a Word.doc format; one inch margins, font size 12, Times New Roman). Include the title (single spaced, centered, maximum 30 words) but no identifying information about author(s) or professional affiliation(s). Tables and other graphics should be incorporated within the body of the abstract in the appropriate place(s). All content (references, tables, figures) must fit within the 2 page limit.

File 3 contains the information in file 2 with the addition of authors, institutional affiliation, and country information left justified. File 3 will be used for the symposium proceedings. This will go directly into the proceedings once the submission has been accepted for presentation. There will be no opportunity to make changes once submitted to the symposium.

This Is the Title of the Paper
Joseph H. Hancock, II, Some University, USA (Country)
(or if multiple authors)
This Is the Title of the Paper
Joseph H. Hancock, II and Anne Peirson-Smith, Some University, USA


Joseph H. Hancock, II, Some University, USA
Anne Peirson-Smith, A Different University, USA
[List affiliation after each author’s name if the authors are from different universities; use the affiliation once after the last author’s name if all authors are from the same university.]

Submit all 3 files to Joseph H. Hancock, II at

In the subject line of your submission use the following wording to indicate whether you are submitting a teaching, research, design, or panel abstract

  • Fashion & Media: Teaching
  • Fashion & Media: Scholarship/Research
  • Fashion & Media: Design
  • Fashion & Media: Panel

Attach the three files to your email as described in the guidelines above.

Complete a separate e-mail submission for each abstract/design/panel you want to submit. Multiple submissions are welcomed. Authors will be notified that their submission was received. If you fail to receive notification within 72 hours, please contact Joseph H. Hancock, II at

Abstract Submission Deadline (Received by): Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis up until August 1, 2017. All submission will be notified one month after they have submitted their proposal. 

Decorating Dissidence: Feminism, Modernism & the Arts
9:00 am09:00

Decorating Dissidence: Feminism, Modernism & the Arts

3rd-4th November 2017, Queen Mary, University of London, London, United Kingdom

Decorating Dissidence takes an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to the work of female artists, designers, and writers to reassess the place of domestic art, craft, and the decorative in modernism. Building on recent scholarship and exhibitions that have highlighted the work of women such as Sonia Delauney, Eileen Grey, Hannah Höch, and the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, this conference offers new approaches to marginalized female modernists and their intermedia art practice. It invites discussion of the ways that modernist experimentation with domestic arts and the decorative influence contemporary art; it is interested in exploring the political, aesthetic, conceptual and material qualities of craft and the decorative in modernism’s longue durée. We are reminded of: the negative space in Kara Walker’s paper cuttings, the embroidered experience of Agnes Richter’s jacket, narrative threads woven by Faith Ringgold and set designs by Es Devlin…

Bringing together different perspectives on the intersections between modernist female craft, domestic arts, visual arts, and literature, this conference will have a broad impact on contemporary modernist studies. As the conference seeks to redefine the spatial and temporal boundaries of modernism, we particularly encourage papers that address non-European modernists and intersectional speakers in relation to dissident craft-making from across the C20th and C21st.

We are very excited to announce our keynote speaker will be Professor Sonia Boyce, an artist and academic whose research interests explore art as a social practice and the critical and contextual debates that arise from this area of study. She is a professor at Middlesex University and Professor of Black Art and Design at University of the Arts London.

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Fashioning & refashioning the self
  • Weaving text(iles)
  • Craft as political protest
  • Women of the Bauhaus
  • Craft as self-care
  • The Interwar Period / ‘Domestic Modernism’
  • Functional decoration
  • Costuming
  • Modernist makers and modernist objects
  • Little Magazines / DIY publishing / Zine-making
  • Decorative texts
  • Queer crafting
  • Recrafting / redrafting
  • Craft collaborations
  • Domestic interiors / interior design
  • Socialism & craft
  • Representations of craft in novels
  • Intertextual Relationships

CfP closes September 8th 2017. Individual papers should be 20 minutes in legnth.  Please submit abstracts of 300-500 words and a short bio to:

Studies in Communication Sciences, Special Issue: Fashion Communication
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Studies in Communication Sciences, Special Issue: Fashion Communication

Fashion Communication includes communicating the brands, designers, and clothes, while reaching potential customers through media channels.

In recent years, digital media channels (e.g. own website of the brands, mobile applications) have started to play a major role in the fashion communication domain. Beside official communications, also single users/laypeople are co-creating through web2.0 tools the image and reputation of brands, and shaping the very concept of what is fashionable (and what is not). Social media systems are also used by famous bloggers, celebrities, and social media influencers, who are helping companies to communicate in new ways.

Moreover, companies have now the opportunity to better “listen” to their clients and prospects, not only studying their reviews and comments, but also following them during their daily activities – and outfits – through images published on social networks.
Also the fashion media environment is facing major changes: traditional magazines are also becoming eCommerce platforms, eCommerce platforms launch their own media, and fashion bloggers are becoming fashion brands...

The aim of this special issue is to promote new theoretical and empirical interdisciplinary research on how various communication practices impact upon fashion industry and on societal fashion-related practices and values. A more explicit recognition of the role played by communication in fashion could offer new and exciting directions for research and may help better understanding the actual needs of the market in order to enhance practices within the sector.

All types of research are invited for the application, including empirical/case studies, evaluation/impact studies, assessments, ePortfolios, etc. 

Theory development: adaptations of existing theoretical frameworks to better explain how communication formats work in the fashion domain, and measurement issues of the new formats of fashion communication are especially invited.

The major topics of interest focus on communication aspects in the fashion domain. They include but are not limited to:

  • Visual communication in fashion

  • Media in fashion

  • Fashion communication in the retail environment

  • Corporate communication in the fashion domain

  • Fashion brands and communication with consumers (e.g. management of consumer


  • Digital fashion communication (e.g. digital media channels, blogging, User Generated

    Contents, online reputation)

  • Fashion shows as a communication object

All contributions should be innovative and should advance the knowledge base of related fields.

Article format

The length of papers in this special issue should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words (including abstract, footnotes and references).

Key dates

Full papers are required no later than Notification of Acceptance will be provided by Final papers should be submitted by

31 January 2018 31 March 2018 31 May 2018

Submitted papers will go through a double-blind peer-review process.

For further inquiries, please, contact

Nadzeya Kalbaska, PhD
Institute of Communication Technologies USI – Università della Svizzera italiana Lugano, Switzerland 

In Pursuit of Luxury: Luxury, Sustainability and Waste
Jul 22

In Pursuit of Luxury: Luxury, Sustainability and Waste

17th-18th November 2017, Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town, South Africa

This event is a collaboration between The School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire and Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Deadline for abstracts: 21st July 2017

The debate surrounding luxury continues in so much as there are more questions than answers where definitions of luxury are concerned. In addition, there is much more debate surrounding social responsibility, the origin of materials and manufacture, the inclusion of technology, the retail environment and disposable products.

We continue to ask ourselves whether traditional definitions of luxury are relevant in today’s global marketplace and how the contemporary luxury market addresses change through addressing shifts in consumer habits. Mass production remains the focus of global luxury brands, however there has been a shift in customer loyalty, the introduction on ‘limited’ editions of products and the introduction of ‘salons’ to enhance the value added to the retail and shopping experience. Advances in technology continue to challenge the status-quo where innovation in manufacture, customisation and materials are concerned and an increase in value attributed to craftsmanship may be pushing both industry and academics to redefine contemporary concepts and interpretations of luxury.

Have we changed our perception of luxury and therefore re-defining what it represents? What do we understand by the term luxury and can it or should it be applied to all luxury branded goods? Does contemporary branding allow such goods to remain ‘luxurious’ even though they have been mass-produced? And is the circular economy redefining the parameters of the definition of luxury where we consider the notions of sustainability and the impact of waste in what is becoming a ‘polluted’ consumer Environment.

By discussing the history of luxury against the backdrop of contemporary issues, a familiar debate is extended into unfamiliar contexts. In this new and dynamic juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated market cultures significant inter-relationships are proposed and explored to expand the parameters of the debate around the concepts of luxury.

Fashion Film has become increasingly central to describing, promoting, defining and enhancing luxury brands. They are able to engage in story telling that static advertising is not able to do. In addition, fashion film is provocative in its approach, generates much debate and is in some instances contentious. With this in mind the In Pursuit of Luxury Conference 2017 invites submissions of Fashion Films focusing on luxury and luxury brands. The aim is to provide new perspectives on the ways in which notions of luxury are disseminated to an ever increasing global audience. We encourage and welcome debate around the subject.

This conference intends to expand the parameters of the debate around the concepts of luxury to provide a refreshing context to construe the familiar debates surrounding the subject.

Indicative themes for the conference are, but are not limited to luxury and:

  • History
  • Craft and the handmade
  • Branding, marketing and communication
  • Consumption and consumer attitudes
  • The retail environment
  • Fashion
  • Fashion film
  • Digital technology
  • The digital environment
  • Sourcing and production
  • Materials and sustainability
  • Re-purpose, re-use, re-frame
  • Wasted luxury
  • Eco-design

A special evening of screenings will take place during the conference.

Please see our website for details on how to submit:

Deadline for abstracts: 21st July 2017

Conference date: 17th and 18th November 2017

Contact: Nick Thomas