Monthly Archives: May 2011

Call for papers: Research Journal of Textile and Apparel

Special Issue on Sustainable Fashion in Action

Sustainability has increasingly become an important aspect of fashion and textiles and has been approached from many diverse perspectives. Recent research in design practice has seen the creative reuse of vintage or abandoned textiles/garments to produce new garments. Another area of research has investigated the balance between fashion design versus reduced consumption. This relationship between fashion and consumption has had a great impact on the exploration of modern sustainability in the fashion and textiles fields. These various concepts or ideas of sustainable fashion, ranging from design practice, manufacturing, production, and/or consumption…etc., have led toa range of different conclusions, however, many focus on a common goal, to generate a more eco-friendly environment that finds a balance between consumption and production.

The RJTA in this special issue thereby aims to provide a unique platform that focuses specifically on design and consumption oriented areas in sustainable fashion. Submissions that are considered as theoretical or have practical applications are encouraged to join this special forum. Related areas of research, but not entirely limited to, are listed as follows: Design practice, Waste reduction, Consumerism, Education, New Visions.

Submission of original papers: May/June 2011

Reviewer’s feedback and evaluation: June/November 2011

Notification of acceptance: December 2011

Tentative publication time: February 2012

Submission Instructions:

Electronic Material: Papers should be submitted to the Research Journal of Textile and Apparel through the RJTA paper submission system at

(In the “Author Preferred Editors”, please select <Chen, Jocelyn>.)

Call for papers: Developments in Dress History conference, UK

A lace maker by unknown artist, late 19th century, Musee Crozatier Le Puy, France. Via conference website

A lace maker by unknown artist, late 19th century, Musee Crozatier Le Puy, France. Via conference website

Developments in Dress History, University of Brighton, 8-10 December 2011

Over the last twenty years, dress history has moved from the margins of academic debate to the centre of interdisciplinary analysis in the arts and humanities. Dress and its meanings are matters of significance for social and cultural historians; the circuits of clothing across the globe are used to explain patterns of globalisation; its exchange between people is essential to understandings of consumer culture; everything we wear is understood as a crucial component identities and rituals. Once denigrated by design reformers, fashionable dress is integrated into histories of design and western clothing is considered alongside traditional textiles within studies of material culture.

Professor Lou Taylor has played a pivotal role in the in the ‘establishment’ of dress history, to borrow a title phrase from one of her books. A long-standing advocate of the importance dress as an object and of the use of garments as historical evidence, Lou Taylor has extended the curatorial methods of analysis of dress as well as provided a critique of the practices its collection and exhibition in museums. In particular, her scholarship has been devoted to understanding the relationships between dress and gender, clothing and class, fashion and the patterns of colonial trade.

Developments in Dress History reflects upon Lou Taylor’s contribution to the discipline of dress history and its current place in academic field of arts and humanities. The conference will explore the meanings of dress in the widest range of cultural and historical contexts and therefore welcomes proposals on the following or other themes:

Dress History and Design History

Ethnography and dress

The material culture of dress

Dress and museums

Collecting dress

Consumption and dress

Dress and Identity

Dress as an object of study

Teaching Dress History

Professor Lou Taylor’s commitment to the academic study of dress is evident not only in her published writings but through 40 years of teaching. Beginning her teaching career at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, she spent most of her working life at Brighton, where she has taught designers, curators, critics and historians. We therefore warmly welcome proposals from early career researchers as well as established scholars from the fields of practice, theory and history.

Please send a 200 word abstract to by 1st August 2011.

Tauranga – Hooked on Design Workshop and Exhibition 16-18 June

Tauranga-based designer, author and academic Debra Laraman is a passionate advocate for traditional crafts. Her latest exhibition, Hooked on Design, presents a series of inspiring contemporary knitwear featuring aspects of traditional craft techniques which are re-contextualised, producing a fashion forward but individual aspect to her designs.

Featured in the exhibition will be Debra’s award-winning ensemble from the 2010 Westfield Style Pasifika bridal collection, and her Hokonui Wool Award garments.

On Thursday, 16 June you can drop by and attend Debra’s free workshop. Running from 12.30 – 4.00 you can drop in any time and join Debra learning to create your own original piece to spice up your winter wardrobe. Debra will be demonstrating her popular crafted flower brooch technique and will discuss her new ‘recipes’ for creating stunning individualised pieces.

Perfectly timed to coincide with the annual CTANZ symposium, Debra’s exhibition and workshop provide the perfect opportunity for delegates to meet local practitioners and to pick up a few new tips and techniques.

Exhibition dates and venue: Kestrel Building, The Strand, Tauranga from 16-Jun-11 09:00 AM until 18-Jun-11 04:00 PM.

Workshop: Thursday, 16 June 2011, 12.30 – 4pm.

For more information, email Debra

Photo: Quinn O'Connell Photography

Call for articles: Research Journal of Textile and Apparel

Prof. Jin-lian HU, Editor in Chief (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong) would like to invite you to submit your research articles to Research Journal of Textile and Apparel (RJTA) which is published by The Hong Kong Institution of Textile and Apparel 

 In particular, the journal aims to have a strong representation of the current developments of scientific research results that introduce new concepts, innovative technologies, and improved understanding of materials and processing, management, design and retailing related to fiber, yarn, fabric, dyeing and finishing, apparel for different applications.  Papers on broad areas of topics pertinent to the soft materials and goods will be published in the Journal, including:

– Polymeric and fibrous materials

– Fiber, yarn, textile, and clothing technologies

– Management, marketing and retailing of the textile and clothing

– Design of textile and Fashion

For more information and instructions for authors, please visit the website.  Manuscripts can be submitted through our web service.

RJTA is indexed in Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and Textile Technology Index (EBSCO) and is now recommending for Engineering Index (EI) and Science Citation Index (SCI) coverage.

Special Issue

We welcome ideas from you, to be a Guest Editor, to formulate Special Issue in RJTA.  Please submit a brief proposal which will then be considered by our Publications Committee.  Some accepted proposals:

 – Revival of natural dyes and its influence on synthetic textiles using modern techniques

– Integration of Fashion and Textile Design with Materials and Technology

Research Journal of Textile and Apparel (

c/o Institute of Textiles and Clothing

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel:   (852) 2766-6437

Fax:   (852) 2773-1432


Call for papers: Deconstructing Costume Histories: Re-Reading Identities in Fashion Collections and Exhibitions

Call for Submissions
CAA 100th Annual Conference, February 22-25, 2012
Los Angeles, California
Co-organizers: Consuelo Gutierrez and Ian McDermott

Deconstructing Costume Histories: Re-Reading Identities in Fashion Collections and Exhibitions

Theorists from Veblen to Simmel have argued that fashion originates from the styles of the elite, which drive sartorial representation within a given society. This session will look at fashion collections and exhibitions in museums and examine how collecting practices and curatorial decisions influence the study of the history of fashion with respect to the representation of minorities and the working class. Do these collections or exhibitions construct a homogeneous identity based on the lifestyle and experience of the leisure class? Have the fashions and styles in museums, magazines, and fashion shows become the foundation of a collective memory and history of fashion that is inherently non-inclusive? This panel invites papers discussing the diversity of costume and dress as experienced by minority, ethnic, and underprivileged economic groups and the representation of gender, race, and class in fashion collections and exhibitions. The panel also welcomes the examination of appropriation, nationalism, multiculturalism, colonialism/post-colonialism, subcultures, street fashion, and other related topics in light of fashion collections and exhibitions.

Please send completed submission form, a one to two page double-spaced abstract, a letter explaining the speaker’s interest and expertise in the topic, a current CV, and a sample of your work if relevant by May 20, 2011 to both organizers:

Consuelo Gutierrez:
Ian McDermott:

Symposium update: 2011 programme of speakers

Hi Everyone

The programme of speakers for our 10th annual symposium is now available, along with registration forms, on the Costume & Textile Association website. Just click on the symposium page. As spaces are limited, we urge you to register as soon as possible. Keep an eye out for further posts regarding accomodation, sights to see and textile associated exhibitions.

See you in Tauranga.


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