Monthly Archives: October 2011

Natural Fibre Innovation Exhibition and Forum

Natural Fibre Innovation is an exhibition that explores how natural fibres found in the South Pacific can be used in creative and innovative ways. It is an opportunity to showcase the potential that: coir (coconut fibres), banana fibres, pandanus palm, paper mulberry bark, bamboo and other plant-based natural fibres have as sustainable design materials.

We are looking for innovative submissions from designers working in the areas of: textiles, fashion, packaging design, interior architecture & design and industrial design.(We may be able to assist you in sourcing the fibres if required).

The exhibition is a component of the first annual Pacific Fibre Forum being held at Massey University – Wellington Campus on the 26th, 27th & 28th of January 2012.

The participants of this conference will include: government officials, business owners, representatives from educational and vocational institutions, farmers/plantation owners, representatives of NGOs, and other stakeholders from the Pacific Islands and around the world with an interest in natural fibres and economic development.

This is an excellent opportunity to share your design ideas with professionals who may be interested in working with you on design/economic development projects in the Pacific Islands.

For an entry form or more information please contact:

Jennifer Rosenthal, Regional Consultant at

Call for Entry

Important Dates:

Nov 25 Entry Forms Due

Dec 5 Notifications

Jan 19-20 Delivery of Work

Jan 23-25 Exhibition Set-Up

Jan 26 Opening & Evening Reception

Jan 26-28 Pacific Natural Fibre Forum

Exhibition: Textiles a new generation

Sad news: Jo-Anne Knowles


Jo-Anne Knowles, long-time member of the Costume & Textle Assocation and author of Zho Zho’s Textile Adventures, passed away on Monday 3 October. She was only 52. If you would like to express your condolances, messages can be sent to:

Knowles Family
P O Box 8139
Tauranga 3145.

JoAnne’s funeral was held on Friday.

Call for papers – Costume Colloquium: Past Dress – Future Fashion

Past Dress - Future Fashon

The “Call for Papers” deadline for the third edition of Costume Colloquium, dedicated to themes related to Past Dress – Future Fashion, will expire on October 31, 2011.

Costume Colloquium III: Florence, November 8-11, 2012

The organizers and Advisory Committee of Costume Colloquium III: Past Dress – Future Fashionare currently seeking papers on unpublished research, new creations and/or practical experience, relating to the Topics of Interest below.  We welcome proposals from: scholars, educators and museum specialists, students, makers and marketers of wearable art, conservators, re-enactors and other clothing enthusiasts worldwide in order to create a symposium that is inclusive in an international, inter-cultural and interdisciplinary nature.

Topics of Interest:

I.  The remaking or recreating dress from the past: yesterday and today
II.  Patterns from the past and the fashions of today: which aspects of a certain historic past?
III. The past relived through dress:

  • in institutional collections (public and private)
  • in a social context (pageantry, parades and historical reenactment)
  • in didactic experiences (fashion and design course and schools)

IV. The vintage phenomenon and recycling of styles
V.  Conservation, restoration and the presentation of collections: new tendencies and innovative methods
VI.  Fashion documents and archives
VII. Dress collecting: goals and accessibility
VIII. Information regarding costumes and dress accessories

Submission Information and Instructions:

 Please send your proposal abstract to with Abstract Submission CCIII in the subject line.

Your proposal abstract text must be received in the following format:

–  Format: doc.
–  Text length: (250 words maximum)
–  Text font: Times New Roman 11
–  Language: English or Italian
–  Author(s): surname(s), given name(s); presenter listed first and in bold font
–  Presentation Title in bold font
–  Interspacing: 1,5

Please send, as a separate document, a brief (200 words maximum) autobiography which describes your current field of interest and highlights your more significant or pertinent accomplishments.

Also include your current contact information (email address, telephone number(s), postal address) as well as your affiliation and job title or description (consult past Costume Colloquium programs on our website ( for examples.

Costume Colloquium will be unable to pay for any expenses involved in the preparation and presentation of papers. Please obtain all necessary permissions for use of images before the presentation is given.

Length of presentations: 20 minutes

Language of Conference: English and Italian. Simultaneous translations will be provided.

Successful candidates (one only if multiple authors) will have their base conference attendance fee covered, however this does not include any travel, accommodation and board expenses.


Your proposal abstract and brief autobiography must be received via email by October 31, 2011.

Candidates will be informed of the decisions of the Advisory Committee by December 31, 2011 .

Candidate acceptance will be required in writing by January 20, 2012.

For further inquiries please contact:

Fashion Tales 2012 – call for papers

 Fashion Tales 2012

7-9 June – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano

Since its beginnings in the middle of the XIX century, fashion has been narrated through multiple media, both visual as well as verbal, and for different purposes such as marketing and advertising, art, costume history, social research and cultural dissemination. At the same time, fashion has worked as an important piece of material culture in the modern industrial urban societies: artifacts that embody workmanship, tastes, lifestyles etc. Fashion, namely, has always been both material and intangible, a system of material production and a system of signs. It has always involved differently skilled people whose purposes have often been divergent and barely overlapping. And the same has happened also with fashion events, tales and writings, i. e. the narrative representations of fashion. Media professionals, communication and marketing consultants, academic scholars and curators develop discourses, use similar languages, try to sometimes work together, comparing and sharing jargons and methodologies, in order to create their products: art exhibitions, catwalks, photo books, movies, magazines, ads, blogs, scientific essays and interviews etc. These tales are a part of fashion imaginary, as well as of collections.

The field of Fashion Studies has become wider and structured at least during the past fifteen years. However, we still need to consolidate an interdisciplinary and international reflection on themes, methodologies and goals of all different forms of narration that constitute today the of fashion discourses and imagery (academic, cultural, medial and industrial) that is the way through which the materiality of fashion is represented. Even if fashion discourses (verbal as well as visual) are often built mixing different narratives, it is tentatively possible to identify three types of discourses that correspond (from an analytical point of view) to three different types of reflexivity.

1. The first type of discourse is produced by people who “make” fashion, working in the design and productive pipeline. They tell stories about fabrics and material components, time and budget ties, translating drawings into patterns, selling collections through traders and buyers etc. Their discourses are focused on managerial and organizational processes as well as on technicalities that constitute the structure of the fashion system

2. The second type concerns stories about fashion and its celebrities in media and events like fashion shows. They are told by people working as intermediaries between the first category of people, those who make fashion, and the general audience attracted by fashion but external to its productive and creative environment. Through those stories, fashion becomes a lifeworld, where things, meanings, people are codified in a language shared by a large and differentiated audience.

3. The third type of story is told by scholars who study fashion as cultural, social, economic and artistic phenomenon and try to understand the role of fashion in the contemporary world. For them, fashion is both a material and an intangible object about which they build discourses that have theoretical implications. In a way, one could put in a hierarchy these three categories from the lowest to the highest level of reflexivity and abstraction. However we believe that whatever type of discourse people use in their jobs, it contains also tales and reflexivity pertaining to other types.

Modacult is an academic research centre that has tried since its inception to propitiate dialogue and to compare the languages and expertise of the different fashion professionals, both by organizing interdisciplinary conferences and promoting ethnographic research. Today we invite scholars, curators, media and consultancy professionals, as well as fashion designers and business people, to share meanings, images and methodologies used in the production of fashion tales.

The conference will aim to:

1. Elucidate how the materiality of fashion is translated into its different representations both at the discursive and visual level.

2. Compare and connect methodologies used in the wide field of Fashion Studies and in professional fashion discourses.

3. Reflect on the difficulties coming out of a multidisciplinary field of research and consultancy.

4. Create a public and critical forum where independent discourses on fashion, free from business pressure, could develop thanks to the contribution of all professionals working in the fashion world.

Papers are expected for example in the following sub fields:

1. Visual methodologies for fashion studies: how to use images and video in fashion research and communication.

2. Fashion languages and linguistic codes: how to develop a new language for writing and talking fashion.

3. Fashion houses: how to study and narrate the living culture of the fashion houses, which is an important part of the cultural capital so secretly treasured and guarded by companies.

4. From market research to culture listening: how to go beyond the rough polls and develop an ethnographic understanding of consumers’ practices.

5. Fashion blogging and social network: How to promote new fashion communication patterns (top down, bottom up, peer to peer) through web 2.0 and 3.0. How to contribute through them to the construction of new fashion discourses.

6. Living fashion vs museum pieces: How to exhibit fashion in museums and in private and public collections without wasting its essential dynamism.

7. Ethical and critical fashion: sustainability has become the password of the up-to-date discourse about fashion. How to reconcile advertising and information, engagement and glamour in the relationship between the companies and the consumers.

The official language of the conference will be English.

The conference will be organized with plenary sessions every day and many parallel sessions. The Scientific Committee encourage and welcome session proposals.

All those wishing to present a paper at the conference must submit electronically, using the web-based submission form, an abstract of maximum 350 words and a 120 words profile of each author (included affiliation and 2 main publications) in English within 30th November 2011.

Files should include the following information and in this order: a) author(s) b) affiliation c) email address d) title of abstract e) body of abstract .

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). For more info check the website of Fashion Tales 2012 at


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