Call for Papers:

The Look of Austerity Conference

11th -12th  September 2015

The Museum of London is organising a conference in September 2015 on dress in the period immediately after World War II. Recognising the recent surge of interest in austerity aesthetics across contemporary culture, the two-day conference aims to explore the effect of post-war austerity on the appearance of people and cities. Further information and the Call for Papers can be found here.

Call for Papers: The Look of Austerity conference – 11-12 September 2015


Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the beginning of a period of economic austerity for many affected nations. ‘Austerity’ is a term that has recently re-emerged in areas as disparate as politics and design, and is used to describe everything from specific policy decisions to the national mood.

In light of this, The Look of Austerity aims to re-examine the post-war period, looking at the changing meaning and the face of austerity and exploring the real implications of austerity policies and culture on sartorial aesthetics. Focusing on the immediate post-war period, specifically the years 1945-1951, we invite papers that examine the popular experience of obtaining and wearing clothes throughout the western world during these turbulent and changing times, exploring the often overlooked areas of ready-to-wear innovation, international dialogues, and approaches that look beyond some of the popular myths of post-war fashion. More information can be found in the Call for Papers (PDF, 245kb, opens in new window).

More information on the dress illustrated can be found in the Collections Online pages of our website

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CFP – The Look of Austerity Conference 
11th-12th September 2015

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