Fashion The Fashion Project: Exploring Critical Issues

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 4:00am to Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 10:30am

The Fashion Project: Exploring Critical Issues

Thursday 24th September – Saturday 26th September 2015
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Presentations:
Coco Chanel observed that fashion is ‘not something that exists in dresses only,’ and ‘has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.’ Scholars, designers, artists, bloggers, and ordinary individuals who are putting a ‘look’ together, agree.  For them, fashion is an evolving creative historical, political, economic, and social process that reflects contemporary preoccupations. Fashion is a statement, a stylised form of expression, which displays and is part of what defines a person, a place, a class, a time, a culture, a society, a nation, and membership in global subcultures and communities. Georg Simmel described fashion as a system of sense and social stratification, based on group definitions. This inter- and trans-disciplinary conference explores the historical, social, economic, political, psychological, and artistic phenomenon of fashion, a powerful component of contemporary local and global culture. While some aspects of fashion can be exclusive, fashion is inclusive and lies at the very heart of persons, their construction of identity and the communities in which they live. Individuals emerge as icons of beauty and style, cities are identified as centres of fashion, and the business of fashion is a billions of dollar per annum global industry, employing millions of people. The project assesses the history and meanings of fashion; evaluates its expressions in politics, business, pop culture, the arts, consumer culture, and social media; determines its effect on gender, sexuality, class, age, race, ethnicity, nation, religion, and other sources of identity; and explores future directions and trends.

Building on the foundations of previous meetings, publications, and collaborations, the conference will be structured around five main areas of focus that will appeal to a wide range of fashion-oriented participants from all countries, formations, and trades, with the goal of building global pathways, dialogue, and understanding across disciplines and practices. Academics, theoreticians, designers, artists, and skilled professionals will have the opportunity to enjoy specific as well as whole group sessions, designed to provide them with opportunities for long term engagement beyond their initial participation. Papers, presentations, demonstrations, and workshops are invited on the following themes:

1. Understanding Fashion:
– Fashion, Style, Taste-Making, and Chic
– Fashion and Fashionability
– Fashion and Zeitgeist
– History of Fashion
– The Future of Fashion
– The Psychology of Fashion
– Philosophy and Fashion

2. Studying Fashion:
– Tools and Methodologies
– Theorizing Fashion: Disciplines and Perspectives
– Fashion Studies & Fashion Education
– Identifying, Defining and Refining Concepts (e.g., ‘style,’ ‘fashion,’ ‘look,’ ‘fad,’ ‘trend,’ ‘in & out’)
– Documenting and Curating Fashion
– Fashion Construction and Craft
– The Materials of Fashion

3. Representing and Disseminating Fashion:
– Fashion Icons
– Fashion Models
– Fashion and Glamour
– Designers and Muses
– Costumes and uniforms
– Masquerades and other ruses
– Fashion, Popular Culture and Celebrity
– Style Guides and Makeover Shows
– Fashion Photography
– Fashion, Art, Literature, Architecture
– Fashion Magazines, Blogs, and Social Media
– Films and Documentaries about Fashion
– Fashion and the Performing Arts, Music and Television; Costumes

4. Identity and Fashion:
– Fashion and Identity
– Fashion (Sub)Cultures
– Fashion, Politics, and Ideology
– Fashion as Performance
– Fashion, the Body, and Self-Fashioning

5. Economies of Fashion:
– Fashion Professions and Trades
– Fashion Cities, Fashion Weeks, Fashion’s Night Out
– Fashion Marketing (e.g., brands, flagship stores, guerilla stores, eCommerce)
– Shopping and Consumption Practices
– Fashion Forecasting
– Marketing Platforms (e.g., communication, streaming video, social media, etc.)
– Fashion Markets: Vintage, Mass, Luxury, Accessories, Emerging, Other (e.g., food)
– Producing and Displaying Fashion
– Sustainable and Ethical Business Practices

What to Send:
300 word abstracts are due by Friday 10 April, 2015. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 10th July 2015. Emails containing the abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: FASHION7 Abstract Submission.

Please Note: In this email  please attach TWO versions of your abstract as follows:
1) One with title and body of abstract only (no identification of the author—this version will be for our blind peer review process).
2) The other with the following information about the author(s): affiliation, email, title of abstract, title and body of abstract

All abstracts will be at least double blind peer reviewed. Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:
Jacque Lynn Foltyn:
Rob Fisher:

The conference is part of the Critical Issues series of research projects. The aim of the conference is to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All proposals accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected proposals may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

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Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.


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