Call for papers – Costume Colloquium: Past Dress – Future Fashion

Past Dress - Future Fashon

The “Call for Papers” deadline for the third edition of Costume Colloquium, dedicated to themes related to Past Dress – Future Fashion, will expire on October 31, 2011.

Costume Colloquium III: Florence, November 8-11, 2012

The organizers and Advisory Committee of Costume Colloquium III: Past Dress – Future Fashionare currently seeking papers on unpublished research, new creations and/or practical experience, relating to the Topics of Interest below.  We welcome proposals from: scholars, educators and museum specialists, students, makers and marketers of wearable art, conservators, re-enactors and other clothing enthusiasts worldwide in order to create a symposium that is inclusive in an international, inter-cultural and interdisciplinary nature.

Topics of Interest:

I.  The remaking or recreating dress from the past: yesterday and today
II.  Patterns from the past and the fashions of today: which aspects of a certain historic past?
III. The past relived through dress:

  • in institutional collections (public and private)
  • in a social context (pageantry, parades and historical reenactment)
  • in didactic experiences (fashion and design course and schools)

IV. The vintage phenomenon and recycling of styles
V.  Conservation, restoration and the presentation of collections: new tendencies and innovative methods
VI.  Fashion documents and archives
VII. Dress collecting: goals and accessibility
VIII. Information regarding costumes and dress accessories

Submission Information and Instructions:

 Please send your proposal abstract to with Abstract Submission CCIII in the subject line.

Your proposal abstract text must be received in the following format:

–  Format: doc.
–  Text length: (250 words maximum)
–  Text font: Times New Roman 11
–  Language: English or Italian
–  Author(s): surname(s), given name(s); presenter listed first and in bold font
–  Presentation Title in bold font
–  Interspacing: 1,5

Please send, as a separate document, a brief (200 words maximum) autobiography which describes your current field of interest and highlights your more significant or pertinent accomplishments.

Also include your current contact information (email address, telephone number(s), postal address) as well as your affiliation and job title or description (consult past Costume Colloquium programs on our website ( for examples.

Costume Colloquium will be unable to pay for any expenses involved in the preparation and presentation of papers. Please obtain all necessary permissions for use of images before the presentation is given.

Length of presentations: 20 minutes

Language of Conference: English and Italian. Simultaneous translations will be provided.

Successful candidates (one only if multiple authors) will have their base conference attendance fee covered, however this does not include any travel, accommodation and board expenses.


Your proposal abstract and brief autobiography must be received via email by October 31, 2011.

Candidates will be informed of the decisions of the Advisory Committee by December 31, 2011 .

Candidate acceptance will be required in writing by January 20, 2012.

For further inquiries please contact:

Leave a Reply