Symposium 2014 in Exeter

Friday, July 4th 2014 –Sunday, July 6th 2014

The Costume Society has been hosting annual Symposiums since 1967 and is the forum for academic research.

The presentations will reflect the theme of the Symposium.

The 2014 Symposium takes place in the historic city of Exeter with a visit to the costume collection at its newly refurbished home in the aware winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum with Saturday lectures taking place at their dedicated lecture and temporary exhibition room Gallery 20.  On Sunday we will visit the renowned costume collection at Killerton.

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The Symposium theme is Rites of Passage in the context of life in Britain.  While this includes reference to traditional clothing for important life events: christening clothes, first communion, bridal gowns, veils and trousseaux, and mourning dress, other events such as coming of age and clothing marking key milestones such as breeching and debutante dress will be explored.

Key note Speakers are:-
1. Edwina Ehrman, Victoria and Albert Museum, London,
     Wedding Dress at the V & A
2. Joanna Hashagen, The Bowes Museum,
      Lucile, the Bride and the Titanic
3. Professor Lou Taylor, University of Brighton,
     a new approach to studies of mourning dress

Our accommodation is the 4* Mercure Southgate Hotel, a hotel and conference centre situated just outside the historic city walls.  Minimum two hours and fifteen minutes by rail from London Paddington to Exeter St. David’s.   As this station is located at the bottom of a hill we recommend an onward connection to Exeter Central or a short taxi/bus ride to the hotel or RAMM.  Bristol International airport approx. 78 miles.  The Hotel has residents parking charged at £10 per day. PLEASE NOTE COACH TRAVEL IS PROVIDED TO AND FROM THE HOTEL TO KILLERTON ON SUNDAY.

The cost of attending the Symposium (Friday to Sunday) will be £355. Registration will be from 2pm Friday 4th and will close at approximately 4pm
on Sunday 6th.  Day rates for attending teh Symposium are available at £75 per day (Saturday and Sunday).

For any delegates interested in extending their stay, there are limited spaces to visit the Somerset Heritage Centre in Taunton.  Minibus travel is provided.  The cost is £17 pp including transport and admission (please note this cost still applies if travelling by car).  The minbus will be returning to the Hotel in Exeter after midday.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS *THIS CALL IS NOW CLOSED HOWEVER IF YOU WERE AFFECTED BY THE ABSTRACT RECALLFOR APPLICATIONS UP TO 31ST OCTOBER 2013 THEN PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH THE SYMPOSIUM CO-ORDINATOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.*

Papers on any aspect or period of clothing in this context would be welcomed. Personal or literary accounts, sartorial milestones, the cult of personality and studies of single surviving garments associated with well known figures, royal dress; the design, making, supply, marketing and fashion journalism; and the consumption of dress for significant occasions or times of life. The theme is fairly wide ranging and offers many possibilities for papers in the context of life in Britain. These could include:

• Wedding lace
• Layette or trousseaux
• High Street and couture bridal fashion
• Growing up, teenage fashion, popular culture and dress
• The debutante’s wardrobe
• The Mourning Emporium
• Traditional and regulation wear; rules and etiquette
• Religious practice, and rites of passage
• Budget bride
• Cultural practice and the new born

There is no restriction on period. Papers are solicited that draw on a wide variety of approaches and consider the broadest range of issues.

We welcome interdisciplinary research based on garments and accessories, photography, film, literature, and archives with no date restriction.

Those wishing to offer papers should submit an abstract of about 200 words in WORD format
with no formatting.  Please do not put your name on the abstract. Cover page should include
title of abstract, your name, address, email and telephone number and institutional affiliation,
if any.  Submissions should be accompanied by a separate short CV.

All submissions must be received by 8th November and will be considered by a committee
from the Costume Society Executive, headed by the Symposium Academic Co-ordinator,
Shelley Tobin, Assistant Curator Costume and Textiles Royal Albert Memorial Museum
and Costume Curator, the National Trust.
You will be advised of acceptance or otherwise by January 2014.

Papers, with the exception of those by keynote speakers will be of 30 minutes duration with
illustrations by PowerPoint.  Non-illustrated papers will only be considered in exceptional
circumstances.

The Society regrets that it is not possible to pay for expenses in the
preparation and presentation of a paper, or for travel to the Symposium.

Abstracts and CVs should be sent to Symposium@CostumeSociety.org.uk

 

 

  • Image credit: Killerton Hall
  • Hand-block printed 1930s evening dress by Footprints, Joyce Clissold's London studio Image credit: Killerton Hall
  • Shoes worn with a court presentation gown in the early 1930s Image credit: Killerton Hall

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