Costume Colloquium VII – Call for Papers

Costume Colloquium VII – Call for Papers

Costume Colloquium is dedicated to understanding, interpreting, and delighting in the language of clothing, dress and fashion in all its many and varied forms. The meetings unite those who make, wear, design, recycle, study, analyse, conserve, preserve, and love dress. Together attendees discuss how fashion runs our economies, determines our social rituals, and influences our psychological and emotional states. By understanding the global centrality of dress and how throughout history it has played a crucial role in cultural and political formations, and continues to do so today, we can move closer to a global understating and tolerance of difference, a difference manifested through the clothes each of us choose to wear.

The Costume Colloquium four-day* conference package** includes all the nonconcurrent academic sessions (lectures and presentations), contextual sessions (in situ visits to sites pertinent to our discussions), access to exclusive visits and events, and all site transfers.

*Participants will have a pre-conference day event in Florence during registration followed by three days of sessions and activities in and around Florence.

**Conference package fees to be announced.


The Advisory Committee*** of the seventh edition of Costume Colloquium entitled Fashion and Dress in Space and Place, to be held in Florence, Italy November 11-15, 2020, is seeking new and unpublished papers. 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 (20-minute duration) are welcome.

***Advisory Committee members: Gillion Carrara, Carlotta Del Bianco, Jonathan Faiers, Joanna Marschner, Roberta Orsi Landini, Alexandra Palmer, Teresa Pasqui, Sharon Takeda, Rosalia Varoli-Piazza, Mary Westerman Bulgarella

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following themes and subthemes:

  • Dress and its spatial relationships
  • Dress and its relation to location
  • The visual and structural architecture of fashion
  • Public and/or Private (appearance and etiquette of our attire in daily life on various occasions)
  • Indoor and/or Outdoor (dress in our built environments and/or in our natural world)
  • Day-wear and/or Night-wear (the hours of the day and attire)
  • Leisure-wear and/or Work-wear (dress and profession…worldwide)
  • Dress and spaces of culture (e.g. film, theatre, photography, art, music, literature, etc.)
  • Spaces and places for our clothes (storerooms, exhibitions/installations, wardrobes and closets)

To be considered:

  • Travel (one’s own attire transported to a foreign location)
  • Culture (one’s own cultural dress as seen by others)
  • Internationalism of dress (local traditions, customs, and mores)

Questions to examine:

  • How does dress function in space?
  • What is timeless fashion (“classic”)?
  • What is considered fashionable (“moda”)?
  • What conditions our choices of what we wear?
  • How does dress “travel:” physically and conceptually?
  • What is the relationship between dress and the space of the body and the space of others?
  • How does dress function in cultural, leisure and professional space?

Submission Information and Instructions:

Send your proposal abstract to with Abstract Submission CCVII in the subject line, using the CCVII Abstract 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 (max. 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 CCVII 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.


June 30, 2019 extended to July 30, 2019: Abstract submission deadline. Your proposal abstract and brief autobiography must be received via email no later than midnight Italian local time.

November 30, 2019: Notification of paper acceptance. Candidates who pass the selection will be informed of the Advisory Committee’s decision.

December 15, 2019: Notification of speaker acceptance due. Once accepted, successful candidates (one only if multiple authors) will be required to pay a non-refundable Speaker Fee to guarantee their participation in the conference program. Multiple authors will have the benefit of a reduced attendance fee (all fees to be announced). 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.

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