Call for Papers:


Historical and modern approaches to the control of clothing and textile production

A summer conference organised by The Association of Dress Historians

12th July 2014, to be held at The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT (nearest Underground Russell Square or Holborn)

The Association of Dress Historians invites proposals for papers for its summer conference. Contributions from a historical or contemporary perspective from anthropologists, legal practitioners, historians, art & dress historians, military historians, curators, designers, makers and manufacturers will be welcome. It is hoped that an interdisciplinary, trans-historical approach will enrich discussion, provide insights and contribute to the evolution of the discipline of Dress History. Papers, to be illustrated with a Powerpoint presentation, should be twenty minutes in length.

Possible topics might include:

·         Historical/philosophical attitudes to the control of clothing

·         Dress regulations that have shaped or challenged identities (personal, national, professional, gender, etc.)

·         Aspects of historical sumptuary laws

·         The dress of justice and education: regulations for lawyers & academics

·         Diplomatic and official dress

·         Rules & regulation for civilians at regal courts

·         The regulation of dress for orphanages, hospitals, factories & prisons

·         Legal dress regulations in the military

·         Manufacturers, designers & legislation for copyright & patents

·         Law, dress & gender past & present

·         Fashion house licensing: designers, authorship and copyright

To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of c. 300 words to by

28th February 2014.

For further information see the events/conference webpage at:


CFP – The Legality of Dress

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