2nd Global Conference: Fashion - Exploring Critical Issues

Venue: Oxford

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Sep 23, 2010 End Date/Time: Sep 23, 2010
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2nd Global Conference Fashion - Exploring Critical Issues Thursday 23rd September - Sunday 26th September 2010 Oriel College, Oxford Call for Papers Fashion is a statement, a stylised form of expression which displays and begins to define a person, a place, a class, a time, a religion, a culture, and even a nation. This interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the historical, social, cultural, psychological and artistic phenomenon of fashion. Fashion lies at the very heart of persons, their sense of identity and the communities in which they live. Individuals emerge as icons of beauty and style; cities are identified as centres of fashion. The project will assess the history and meanings of fashion; evaluate its expressions in politics, music, film, media and consumer culture; determine its effect on gender, sexuality, class, race, age and identity; examine the practice, tools, and business of fashion; consider the methodologies of studying fashion; and explore future directions and trends. Papers, presentations, workshops and pre-formed panels are invited on issues related to any of the following themes: 1. Understanding Fashion ~ Fashion, Style, Taste-Making, and Chic ~ Fashion and Fashionability ~ Fashion and Zeitgeist ~ History of Fashion ~ Fashion Theory ~ Fashion, Politics, and Ideology: e.g., message fashion; fashion as a political platform, fashion as defiance; graffiti as a fashion statement 2. Studying Fashion ~ Tools and Methodology; disciplines and perspectives; professions and trades ~ Documentation ~ Identifying, defining and refining concepts: e.g., style, fashion, look, fad, trend, in & out ~ Chasing Fashion: Studying fashion collections, archives, and museums ~ Fashion collections; fashion archives ~ Designers and Muses 3. Cultures of Fashion ~ Fashion in the City ~ Men and Fashion; Children and Fashion ~ Fashion Subcultures: e.g., pets and fashion, sports and fashion, supermodels, The Red Carpet, celebrity, vintage, glamour, gothic, etc. ~ Fashion and Nostalgia ~ Fashion and Professional Dress: e.g., Fashion and the Law ~ Ethical Issues in Fashion: e.g., cruelty free fashion; PETA anti-fur movement; slave labour, sweatshops, child labour; the growing fakes market 4. Fashion and Identity ~ Fashion, Culture, and the Human body (e.g., beauty standards, body art, weight, plastic surgery ~ Self-fashioning: e.g., fashion as performance; body modifications, including make-up, hair design, piercings, tattoos, body sculpting, plastic surgery ~ Fashion and Social Status: Gender, Sexuality, Class, Race, Age and Fashion ~ Fashion and National Identities ~ Fashion and Transnational Identities ~ Fashion and Religion 5. Fashion, Representation, and Evolving Patterns of Communication & Criticism ~ Fashion Photography, Magazines, Blogs, and Twitter ~ Fashion Icons ~ Fashion, Film and the Performing Arts ~ Fashion and Music ~ Fashion and Fantasy ~ Fashion and Television 6. Fashion Practice ~ Fashion and Curatorial Practice: e.g., possibilities and problems of creating fashion Archives; creating and accessing private and public fashion collections ~ Fashion Design ~ Fashion Specialists: e.g., pattern makers, fitters, embroiderers, tailors, textile experts ~ Fashion Economies and the business of fashion, e.g., traditional markets, the luxury industry, the design industry, producing and displaying fashion (building showrooms, production sites, runway) ~ Beyond Dress: e.g., architecture, food, furniture, kitchens, perfume ~ Style Guides and Makeover Shows 7. The Future of Fashion ~ Trends and Cycles; predicting fashion ~ The Materials of Fashion: e.g., eco-fashion, intelligent textiles, nano-technology, etc. ~ The rise of the Accessory as the Driving Force of Fashion: e.g., handbags and shoes ~ Branding, the Mass Market, and Consumerism: e.g., designer collections at H & M, Top Shop, M & S, Target, Wal-Mart ~ Celebrities as Fashion Designers: e.g. J. Lo, Jessica Simpson, Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham, P.Diddy. ~ Anti-Fashion Papers will be accepted which deal with related areas and themes. The 2010 meeting of Fashion - Exploring Critical Issues will run alongside our project on Multiculturalism, Conflict and Belonging and we anticipate holding sessions in c