Call for Papers

Fashion and the Contemporary Avant-Garde

New York,NY, USA, 11th-14th February, 2015
Deadline: 9th May 2014

Call for Participation

Session at CAA 2015 Annual Conference

Fashion and the Contemporary Avant-Garde

Session Chair: Charlene K. Lau, York University

In the words of the critic and art historian Hal Foster, there is a “need for new narratives” in the history of the avant-garde. This session provides a platform for fashion within theoretical discussions of the contemporary vanguard and posits that fashion is one such genealogy of the avant-garde. However, the term “avant-garde” has become a catchall in fashion discourse for conceptual, experimental, or intellectual practices. A more critically rigorous definition of the avant-garde in fashion is needed for these new narratives to be possible, one which (re)draws the connections between the vanguard and its social and political aims. In this vein, papers from across disciplines are welcome, proposing topics including but not limited to art and fashion, curatorial studies, display culture, performance and theater studies, popular culture, and wearable technology. Art and design historians, artists, critics, curators, and designers are invited to apply.

The deadline to submit abstracts is 9th May 2014. For more information on submissions, please visit:

CFP – Fashion and the Contemporary Avant-Garde

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