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Costume Society Conference 5th to 7th July 2019 - Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts Movement

The Annual Conference of the Costume Society

Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts Movement

In celebration of the seven young friends who formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 and changed the face of British art forever, the 2019 conference theme and location is inspired by Birmingham Museums Trust extensive collection of Pre-Raphaelite art. In the midst of industry revolution and scientific discovery, both the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and Arts and Craft Movement challenged the conventions of art and design. Opposing the artistic ideals presented by the Royal Academy, the Pre-Raphaelite movement was inspired by late medieval and early Renaissance works, presenting themes of love and death in almost photographic realism. Similarly, the Arts and Craft movement came about as a reaction against a decline of quality caused by industrialisation and improve the status of decorative arts. Parallels can be drawn between the two prominent artistic movements with their common aim to encourage craftsmanship, artistic flair and reaction against Victorian ideals. Both movements were interested in textiles and clothing and the relationship between dress and the body The Costume Society 2019 Conference aims to explore the relationship between art, design, costume and clothing and how these pivotal artistic movements influenced dress and textiles – and continues to do so.

This inspiring 3 day conference includes:

Friday 5th July 2019

A guided tour of the Pre-Raphaelite Collection at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery by an expert gallery curator
An informal get together at Bacchus Bar (drinks and bar food not included in ticket price).

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July 2019

At the Macdonald Burlington Hotel - 2 days of talks, keynote lectures including Anna Buruma and workshops led by some of the worlds most knowledgeable and influential fashion historians and costume professionals including; academics, makers, designers, curators and conservators
A networking lunch, coffee and treats each day
The final of the Costume Society Patterns of Fashion Awards
Opportunities to meet the experts and network with national and international fashion and dress history professionals

Evening Saturday 6th July 2019

Drinks and a delicious 3 course dinner in the magnificent setting of Birmingham's grade II listed Council House
Full conference programme to be released soon.

In memory of James Snowdon registered students and those under 26 years of age will benefit from a generously subsidised ticket price.

Tickets are on sale at our Eventbrite page 

For queries about the conference and bookings information email 

Please see our conference page for the call for papers. Deadline for submission of proposals:
 January 30 2019