Monthly Archives: August 2011

Call for papers: Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption and Design

The theme of the The Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)  2012 conference (April 11-14, 2012 Spring Conference Boston) is Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design.

Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design is seeking paper proposals for oral presentation at the annual conference.

 The PCA/ACA is highly regarded in the academy with well over 5,000 academic oral presentations given internationally, two top-tier journals (The Journal of American Culture and Journal of Popular Culture), and over 3,000 members.  This year’s Boston conference should be exciting with papers on an enormous array of subjects. The deadline for proposing papers will be December 15, 2011.

Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design is concerned with all areas and aspects of style, fashion, clothing, design, and related trends, as well as appearances and consumption using and/or including: historical sources, manufacturing, aesthetics, marketing, branding, merchandising, retailing, psychological/ sociological aspects of dress, body image, and cultural identities, in addition to any areas relating to purchasing, shopping, and the methods consumers construct identity.

Papers from all methods and disciplines are welcome! Innovative and new research, scholarship and creative works in the areas of fashion, design, the body and consumerism are encouraged!

Please join us in Boston April 11-14, 2012 for the National Conference. We will be staying at the fantastic Copley Place Marriott in downtown Boston.

Please email a short 50-word bio with contact information and an abstract of no more than 250 words of your proposal paper by December 15, 2011 to:

 Alphonso McClendon at

or Joseph H. Hancock, PhD at

 Alphonso McClendon, Co-Chair.

Joseph H. Hancock, II, PhD., Co-Chair and Vice-President of Area Chairs Drexel University  Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

3141 Chestnut Street

Nesbitt Hall Suite 603

33rd and Market Streets

Philadelphia , PA. 19104

Phone: 215-895-4937or 215-895-6993

Exhibition: Adornment by Katherine Morrison

Quilter and CTANZ member Katherine Morrison,  is exhibiting a selection of new work this month at the Minerva Gallery, the home of NZ Quilter and the country’s best selection of fashion and textile books (enter at your credit card’s perile).

Adornment is an exhibition of bespoke art coats by Katherine and silver jewellery by Elsie Fourie, and runs from August 22 through to September 24.

Minerva Gallery, 237 Cuba Street, Wellington

Unzipped on TVNZ

Unzipped on TVNZ

TVNZ’ describes its new Friday series UNZIPPED as “a traditional, observational doco series, following the creative stories, challenges and anticipation of four NZ fashion houses as they prepare for New Zealand Fashion Week 2010″. It will be interesting to see some local material. Even if it is more about the business of staging the event than the business of design so far.

To update, it started 12 August, 9.45pm, followed by what looked like the very first episode of Absolutely Fabulous.



Wanted to buy for a textile conservation project, TINY SEED BEADS. Variety of sizes and colours needed. Antique beads preferred but not necessary. If you can offer anything from your stash, please contact Katya at 03 4779944, 0211442022,

Arts and Crafts Village – Weaving from Niue

Saturday 13 August 2011, Wellington Foyer, Level 2, Te Papa, Wellington

 10am–6pm, Free entry

As part of the exhibition Oceania: Early Encounters, Te Papa will highlight the traditional practice of weaving throughout Oceania. This week Te Papal feature the many talents of weavers from ‘the Rock’ – better known as the island of Niue.

Dunbar Sloane Vintage Clothing auction 10 August

Dunbar Sloane in Wellington are having a Vintage Clothing and Boudoir Auction on Wednesday 10 August from 4pm. Viewing opens Sunday 7 August.

A catalogue can be downloaded from their website.

Edwina Ehrman to be interviewed on Radio NZ

A big thanks to Karen who posted a comment regarding V&A curator Edwina Ehrman’s talk at Te Papa on the history of wedding dress. Edwina is indeed being interviewed by Kathryn Ryan on 9 to Noon on Radio New Zealand on Tuesday morning.

You can also catch Edwina online right now and get  a sneak preview of the exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery courtesy of ABC news. There is beading, embroidery and teeny tiny waists to swoon over.

Readers might also like to look up the V&A’s wedding page for tips on conservation and display.

Context – call for articles

Dear Members

By now you should have received the latest issue of Context in your mail boxes (if not, its probably because your membership has expired – please visit our website to rejoin.)  A big thank you to all of our contributors.  To our readers, we hope you enjoy.

We are currently putting together our December 2011 issue, and are calling for submissions. We are looking for the following:

  • articles or 2011 conference papers 1500-3000 words
  • book reviews
  • exhibition reviews 
  • exhibition listings for the period December 2011 to June 2012

If you would like to make a submission please email Claire Regnault on within the next two weeks. The final deadline for text and images will be  30 September, 2011.

Reminder: Edwina Ehrman from the Victoria and Albert Museum lecture on Wedding Dress

Pleated silk wedding dress and coat, net veil decorated with silicone rubber, by Ian and Marcel, London, 1989. Bequeathed by Ian and Marcel

Pleated silk wedding dress and coat, net veil decorated with silicone rubber, by Ian and Marcel, London, 1989. Bequeathed by Ian and Marcel. ©Victoria and Albert Museum / V&A Images


Tuesday 9 August 2011, Soundings Theatre, Level 2, Te Papa, Wellington

Friends of Te Papa $10.00, General Public $15.00.

Edwina Ehrman is a Curator of Textiles and Fashion at the V&A, and the curator of  Unveiled: 200 years of wedding dress from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, which will open at Te Papa on 17 December 2011,  and the author of the associated publication, The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions. In her talk at Te Papa Edwina Ehrman will give a behind-the-scenes insight into developing the V&A’s wedding dress exhibition. She will describe how she selected the wedding dresses for the exhibition, the insights she gained when researching the associated book and the process of dressing the mannequins and preparing them for their long journey to the other side of the world. The presentation will include images of many of the dresses and accessories that visitors can look forward to seeing in the forthcoming exhibition.

Following the lecture there will be an opportunity to purchase Edwina’s book and have her sign it.

Tickets can be purchased outside Soundings Theatre from 5.30pm on the day or via:


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