Fashion and Democracy?

Friday, July 8th 2016 –Sunday, July 10th 2016

FASHION AND DEMOCRACY?

Our 2016 Conference is taking place in the recently renovated Whitworth Gallery in Manchester, one of the most remarkable galleries in the North. Lectures will take place in the Grand Hall, with visits to the Gallery’s new Study Centre, Platt Hall, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and the Textile Conservation Centre* at the People’s History Museum

PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE TO VENUES ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON: Due to the closure of the 20th century gallery at Platt Hall delegates will now visit the temporary exhibitions at the Manchester Art Gallery: Fashion and Freedom and Vogue100

ALL DELEGATES ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON TOURS OF THE CONSERVATION STUDY CENTRE PLEASE MEET IN THE MAIN RECEPTION OF THE PHM 5 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE START OF THE TOUR WHERE A MEMBER OF THE STAFF WILL COLLECT YOU.

ALL DELEGATES ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY PLEASE ENTER THE WHITWORTH GALLERY AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE ON OXFORD ROAD

On Saturday night all conference delegates can come together at a dinner to be held at the Novotel in Central Manchester where the new MENTORING PROGRAMME WILL BE LAUNCHED

Presentations will explore the theme of ‘Fashion and Democracy?’. Keynote speakers are:-

• Professor John Styles, Research Professor in History, University of Hertfordshire, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Victoria and Albert Museum ‘Fashion to a Timetable:
Re-scheduling European Fashion in an Era of Expanding Markets, 1500-1800’
• Dr Philip Sykas, Research Associate, Manchester Metropolitan University, Maintaining a distance: fashion in the wake of Manchester's calicos
• Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator, Historic Royal Palaces, Royalty and Fashion over 500 years

NEW FOR 2016: FASHION FOCUS AND SOAPBOX SESSIONS

Sessions designed and dedicated to finding out about the very latest progress in research across different disciplines of fashion, design and conservation.  If you are booking online and would like to apply to speak please email a brief description of your proposed 10 minute talk to the conference co-ordinator conference@costumesociety.org.

THE UPDATED PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME CAN BE VIEWED HERE ManchesterProgramme2016ProvisionalV2.doc

ACCOMMODATION

Four star accommodation is available to book at the Novotel Hotel, 10 minutes walk to Manchester Piccadilly train station and 15 minutes walk to the Whitworth.  Prices start from £89 per room per night (B&B). Budget accommodation at MMU and Manchester University is unavailable due to summer language schools. All buses from Oxford Road will take you direct to the Whitworth Gallery.  Transport will be provided on Sunday afternoon to Platt Hall/Gaskell’s house and back to Manchester Piccadilly train station.

Booking information:-

NOVOTEL, 21 Dickinson Street, central Manchester.

Please contact Mark or Rashid in group bookings tel: direct on 0161 235 2205/ 2206 or email Rashid H3145-RE@ACCOR.COM OR Mark H3145-RM@ACCOR.COM

Guests will need to quote reference 22778258. PLEASE BOOK BY 9TH JUNE TO RECEIVE THE SPECIAL RATE **NOW CLOSED**

Please note reservations cannot we accessed through central reservations please call or email midweek between 8am and 6pm.

Friday: B&B single £89; B&B double £99
Saturday: B&B single £109; B&B double £119
Dinner supplement £25 per person per night (3 courses) *delegates may want to order a dinner supplement as Novotel will be a suggested meeting place on Friday night.  We may also have dinner here on Saturday night but this will be included in your delegate price.
 

How and When to Book the Conference

Booking the Conference is now available online or please download and complete a booking form as above.  A booking form 
will also be inserted into the next edition of Costume and the Spring newsletter.

* Due to limited access tours of the Textile Conservation Centre will be on a first come first served basis

CALL FOR PAPERS - NOW CLOSED

The conference theme is Fashion and Democracy? This is intentionally wide-ranging and offers many possibilities for papers focusing on any aspect, period or geographical area in relation to dress and appearance. Papers are welcomed which interpret the theme imaginatively through different approaches and issues, drawing on interdisciplinary research based on garments and accessories, jewellery, photography, film, literature, and archives.

Subjects might fall within some of the following headings:
• The impact of technology
• The use of dress to communicate political affiliation and resistance
• Non-elite fashion and consumer demand
• Street style
• The fashion press and fashion in film

We welcome papers from academics, collectors, curators, designers, researchers, students, and independent scholars. Those wishing to offer papers should submit an abstract of about 200 words with a short CV by 16th October 2015 in WORD (no formatting). All submissions will receive replies by January 2016. Papers, with the exception of those by keynote speakers will be of 30 minutes duration with illustrations by PowerPoint.

FASHION FOCUS
Are you currently undertaking research, or have just completed research? At the Society Conference each year, a speaker or speaker(s) will be invited to present their latest research and ideas in the context of fashion, design or conservation.  Speakers will be invited to use image-rich, and/or object-based content to illustrate their work, which is not required to be linked to the Conference theme.  The applicant(s) will be selected with a Call for Speakers across all social media platforms and will be selected by a panel made up of the Conference Advisory Panel.  The successful applicant(s) will be required to speak for 20-40 minutes. Please submit your application in WORD format with a 200 word abstract supplied with a short biography on the same page.  

MENTORING, NETWORKING AND ‘SOAPBOX’
Having access to professionals working in the field will be an integral part of the Conference programme - from mentoring to opportunities for networking being made a priority at every point throughout the 2.5 days.  Professionals will be drawn from Society Trustees, Officers and delegates and matched throughout the booking process and welcome point at registration. We are also launching another new session ‘Soapbox – get up and speak!’ - an informal way of giving the whole audience a chance to share their knowledge or build confidence through public speaking. Each ‘soapbox’ speaker will be invited to speak for 10 minutes.  There is no requirement to submit a paper for consideration; however you must be registered as a delegate and advise the Conference Co-ordinator of your intention to speak.  A maximum of 6 soapbox speakers will be admitted so places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Abstracts and CVs should be sent to conference@costumesociety.org.uk
All submissions will be considered by an Advisory Panel made up from the Costume Society Executive Committee and an employee of one of the destination organisations.

The Society is a registered educational charity and regrets it is not possible to pay for expenses in the preparation and presentation of a paper, or for travel to the Conference.

The Society offers a bursary for two students to attend the Conference – details can be found on our website http://costumesociety.org.uk/awards/symposium-bursary Concessions are available for student members.http://costumesociety.org.uk/awards/symposium-bursary

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