Writing Fashion conference programme 2017 Book online

Friday, June 30th –Monday, July 3rd

The final conference programme is now live! Download  the booking form to the right of this page, or check out  the exciting range of speakers and events planned to celebrate 50 years of the Costume journal. Please note that the timings are subject to minor adjustments. Please contact the Conference Co-ordinator with any queries. We look forward to seeing you all there!




WRITING FASHION: Celebrating 50 years of Costume and Conference

Friday 30 June Evening reception at the British Library Suggestions for Friday night dinner options available on request. conference@costumesociety.org.uk

Saturday 1 July The Artworker’s Guild 09:00 Self Registration Saturday day delegates 09:10 Welcome and Introduction to the conference Deirdre Murphy, Chair, The Costume Society Deirdre Murphy has been Chairman of the Costume Society since 2014. She is Senior Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, where she is responsible for the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection and has curated exhibitions about royal and court dress. She lectures on a variety of fashion history subjects at London College of Fashion, Central Saint Martins and Leeds University SESSION ONE: 09:15 Speaker: Lucy Johnston, Freelance Curator and Museum Consultant ‘Clothing in Context – Representations of 19th century Dress in the Thomas Hardy Archive.’ 9.50 SPEAKER: Elizabeth Way, Curatorial Assistant, Museum at FIT, New York ‘Writing Respectability.’ 10.20 SPEAKER Rachel Sayers, Freelance Curator and Researcher ‘Distress in Dress – the Challenge of Writing about 20thc Irish Dress History’ 10.50 Q&A 11.00 Refreshments SESSION TWO 11:20 Keynote Speaker: Susie Lau in conversation with Agnès Rocamora 12:10 Q&A 12:15 FASHION FOCUS 2016: Anushka Tay, early career researcher, The Samfu Suit, 1920-1979: Diaspora, Identity, Representation Dr Joanne Gooding, independent researcher, National Health Service glasses – their evolution from medical appliance to retro fashion accessory. 12.50 Q&A 1.00 LUNCH SESSION THREE 14:15 Keynote Speaker: Professor Aileen Ribeiro 15:05 Q&A 15:15 Refreshments SESSION FOUR 15.35: Speaker Toolika Gupta, Director, ‘Watson 1866 Reporting Live From India with Fabric Swatches & Images’. 16.05: Speaker: Dr Charlotte Nicklas, University of Brighton Writing Fashion History in 19thc Women’s Periodical. 16.35: Speaker: Dr. Veronica Isaac, University of Brighton ‘A Distinct Category of ‘Dress: Writing about 19th century Theatre Costume.’ '16,55 Q and A. 17.05 SOAPBOX 17.20 Q and A 17: 25 DEPART Pre-dinner drinks & dinner and after dinner details to follow Sunday 2 July The Artworker’s Guild 09.20 Sunday Day Delegates self-register 09.30 Costume Society Annual General Meeting SESSION FIVE 10.00: Speaker Dr Claire Nicholson, Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education, From Empty Shoes to Dishcloth Turbans: the evolution of clothing imagery in Virginia Woolf’s fiction. 10.30: Speaker Dr Alison Matthews David, Ryerson University ‘Does the Shoe Fit? Crime Writing and the Footprint as Forensic Evidence’ 11:00 Q&A 11.10 Refreshments and viewing Patterns of Fashion Award SESSION SIX 11.25 Keynote Speaker: Lindsey Davis 12.15 Q&A 12:20 Lunch and Patterns of Fashion 13:10 Patterns of Fashion Award Introduced by Liz Booty, judged by John Bright, Founder and Managing Director, Cosprop SESSION SEVEN 13.30: Speaker: Rebecca Shawcross, Senior Curator Northampton Museums, Shoes in Literature 14.00: Speaker Luz Neira, Univ. of Sao Paulo 'Brazil Through the Lens of the Ambassador.' 14.30: Speaker Dr Caroline Ness, independent Consultant ‘The Couturier as Fashion Journalist – Mattli of Mayfair in Reynold’s News’ 15.00: Q and A TEA: 15.10 15.25 Summary of conference and debate. 15.55 CLOSING REMARKS BY CHAIR CONFERENCE ENDS 4.00pm The Costume Society would like to thank the Advisory Panel to this conference

  • Summer bonnets from the London and Paris Ladies' Magazine of Fashion, May 1853
  • Fashion Museum, Bath Dress of the Year 2013, by Christopher Kane, chosen by Susie Lau