Call for Papers:

Producing Fashion: Made in Vietnam Fashion Colloquia

5th-7th July 2016

RMIT Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Producing Fashion: Made in Vietnam Fashion Colloquia in Ho Chi Minh City is a gathering of new entrepreneurs, local practitioners, government agencies, artists, craftspeople, academia postgraduates, researchers and others who will explore how fashion is produced and consumed and will draw attention to practices of manufacture and entrepreneurship.

Over the last 25 years, the global distribution of production for clothing, textiles and footwear industries has shifted considerably, with new making economies emerging. We invite conversations and presentations about making economies such as Vietnam, and are seeking different perspectives from local and global networks.

Fashion Colloquia series

The Fashion Colloquia series originated through a core network of four institutions, connected by their residence and involvement in the four big ‘Fashion weeks’ across the globe. These institutions were the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London; Domus Academy, Milan; Institute Français de la Mode, Paris; and Parsons The New School for Design, School of Fashion, New York.

Members of this core network used the occurrence of the fashion weeks to organise a series of colloquia taking place from 2011 to 2013. Their aim was to employ fashion week as a catalyst to challenge understandings regarding the value of fashion across the globe. A rich variety of contributions (from academia, media and practice) have contributed to these colloquia events and many of these have now been uploaded to the international repository for fashion housed at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London.

Our second series of fashion colloquia focuses on the core theme of ‘emergence’ and how fashion as a global phenomenon generates huge interest from across multiple sectors of society and industry.

We invite you to submit proposals, abstracts, film, and/or panel presentations to contribute to an intensive three days of discussion and collaboration in Ho Chi Minh City, to share current and future practices of education, design, making and entrepreneurship, and reflect on how these practices will shape and innovate the fashion industry.

All paper submissions will be considered for inclusion in a planned book publication documenting differing perspectives shared at the event.

These themes are our current prompts:

Production modes, making enterprises, new entrepreneurs
Village model, family business, farmer/maker
Micro to mass-production
Social entrepreneurship
Government partnerships
Hand – made, craft
Scale – SMEs, SOEs, micro enterprises

National identity
Localism and Globalism

Role of design
Role of education – jobs of the future
Emerging markets
Engagement of local and global industry, market and media in redefining the fashion ‘Made in Vietnam’
Engagement of business and fashion design
Identities of younger generation entrepreneurs, new meanings of production of design and fashion in context of Vietnam

Submission Guidelines for Abstract/Workshops

Abstracts and papers are double-blind review, so both reviewer and author identities are concealed throughout the review process. Therefore authors are not to identify themselves in the submitted abstract.


Abstract submission deadline: 29th February 2016
Full paper submission deadline: 30th May 2016
Maximum 500 words in English
Format Page 1: Title with name and contact details of author/s
Format Page 2: Title without name and contact details
of author/s (for blind review)
Focus and rationale for proposal
Identification of to whom the issue will be important
Maximum 5 keywords
Use MS-Word
Paragraph Alignment: Justified
Font: Arial 12

Send abstract submissions by Monday 29th February 2016 to Professor Robyn Healy at


CFP – Producing Fashion: Made in Vietnam, Fashion Colloquia, 5th-7th July 2016, Vietnam

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