Call for Papers:

Fashioning Museums

A conference exploring the nexus between museums and

fashion

1st-3rd February 2016, Australian National University, Canberra

The aim of Fashioning Museums is to explore and discuss the tensions and opportunities arising through the increasing popularity of fashion exhibitions and fashion heritage, as well as the growing number of museums specializing in fashion around the world. The purpose of the conference is to examine this phenomenon from a number of theoretical and critical perspectives by bringing together prominent voices and experiences from the field.

Fashioning Museums is a timely topic for a conference in both the area of fashion and museum studies. In recent years in Australia, despite enormous public interest in touring exhibitions of fashion, there have been threats to the future of fashion collections in many of the major museums and galleries. This is out of step internationally with the growing critical engagement and interest in fashion museology. Fashion collections are increasingly being seen to offer an extraordinary perspective on contemporary social and cultural issues, examples of which include a number of recent exhibitions exploring such themes as masculinity in fashion the relationship between fashion and popular culture in the 1980s.  The proposed conference would contribute to this burgeoning field of research.

An academic publication is anticipated in the form of an edited collection of selected papers

International key speakers:

Dr Alexandra Palmer, Senior Curator, Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Curatorship,  Royal Ontario Museum (confirmed)

Dr Marie Riegels Melchior, Assistant Professor, Saxo-Instituttet, University of Copenhagen, formerly Assistant Curator, Design Museum, Copenhagen (confirmed)

 

Australian speakers include:

Professor Jennifer Craik, QLD University of Technology (QLD)

Mr Roger Leong, Senior Curator, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (NSW)

Ms Katie Sommerville, Senior Curator, National Gallery of Victoria (VIC)

Dr Anne Farren, Head of Department of Design Technologies, Curtin University (WA)

 

ABSTRACTS: 300 words           DEADLINE: 30th JUNE 2014

Fashioning Museums Conference is to explore and discuss the nexus between fashion and museums. The combination of museum studies and fashion theory is relatively new but rapidly gaining traction in the field of fashion studies.  The objective of the conference is to move writing on fashion studies from a traditionally historical descriptive discipline towards one that engenders critical engagement through research. Organizers are interested in papers that move away from the ‘show and tell’ mode. Please address one of the three themes below. Abstracts emailed to sharon.peoples@anu.edu.au

THEME 1

THE IMPACT OF FASHION EXHIBITIONS ON UNDERSTANDING FASHION

 

a.    Design challenges for fashion exhibitions

b.    Where does fashion belong in museums?

c.     Curating and interpreting fashion exhibitions

d.    Photography/ film/ video/ new media in fashion exhibitions

 

THEME 2

FROM DRESS AS OBJECTS TO FASHION AS MATERIAL CULTURE

 

a.    The transformation of research and role of primary sources;

b.    The challenges of digitized collections and their metadata

c.     The politics of collection strategies

d.    Attracting and engaging visitors and the public

 

THEME 3

THE ROLE OF FASHION IN MUSEUMS OF THE FUTURE

 

a.    Has fashion disrupted museological conventions?

b.    Trends in fashion collections, exhibitions, fashion houses and fashion museums

c.     Re-inventing museums as cultural institutions

d.    The future of fashion in museums

Cost of conference

Early Bird Registration (1 st August – 31st October 2015):      $250

General Registration (1st November - 10th January 2016):    $300

Late Registration (11th January – 1st February 2016):              $350

Student rate:                                                                              $125

Important Contacts

For general questions about the conference it is best to email sharon.peoples@anu.edu.au

 Website: https://fashioning-museums.squarespace.com/

CFP – Fashioning Musuems, 1st-3rd February 2016, Australian National University, Canberra

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