The Power of Gold Conference and Gala Dinner 2015

Friday, July 3rd 2015 –Sunday, July 5th 2015

Our 2015 Conference returns to the V&A, the world’s leading museum of art and design.

Lectures will take place in the refurbished Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre and your visit will co-incide with the two exhibitions: ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ and ‘Shoes: Pleasure and Pain’.  On Friday exclusive access will be given to the V&A’s Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion at Blythe House, Kensington Olympia.*

THE PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME IS NOW  AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD LondonProgramme2015Final.doc 

On Saturday night all members of the Costume Society plus a guest will be invited to join Conference weekend delegates to celebrate the Golden Jubilee at a Gala dinner to be held in the magnificent Queen’s Tower Rooms at Imperial College. 

Presentations will celebrate the theme of ‘The Power of Gold’, to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the founding of the Costume Society. Keynote speakers will include –

Natasha Awais-Dean, Independent Scholar, Men and Jewellery in Tudor and Jacobean England

  • Geoffrey Munn OBE, In conversation with the BBC Antiques Roadshow Jewellery Specialist
  • Amanda Vickery, Professory of Early Modern History, Queen Mary, University of London, Mutton Dressed as Lamb? Fashioning Age in Georgian England

Claire Wilcox, Senior Curator, Fashion and Textiles, V&A, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
 

*THE TWO TOURS OF CLOTHWORKERS' AT BLYTHE HOUSE ARE AT 10am AND MIDDAY ON FRIDAY 3rd.  DUE TO LIMITED AVAILABILITY THE REGISTRAR WILL CONFIRM IF YOU HAVE A PLACE (ISSUED ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS) AND WHICH TIME YOU HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED. PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE RECEIVED TOUR INSTRUCTIONS WITH YOUR CONFIRMATION.

Accommodation is available to book now at a choice of two venues. 

Imperial College student accommodation.  All prices include VAT and breakfast and are subject to availability.

Beit Hall: En-suite Single £95 per room per night

Beit Hall: En-suite Twin (2 x single beds) £112 per room per night (limited availability)

Princes Gardens: En-suite Single £105 per room per night

Princes Gardens: En-suite Double (sole occupancy) £115 per room per night (limited availability)

Pinces Gardens: En-suite Double (double occupancy) £125 per room per night

Please note Beit Hall is a Grade II listed building a further walk to the V&A than the contemporary building of Princes Gardens which is a 5 minute walk to the V&A.  Both Beit Hall and Princes Gardens are a 5 minute walk to the breakfast hall.

Email: vacenquiries@imperial.ac.uk

Phone: +44(0)207 594 9507

Online: www.imperial.ac.uk/summeraccommodation and using the promo code COSTUME2015.

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Alternatively 4* accommodation is available at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, a 5 minutes walk to  Gloucester Street underground station and 15 minutes walk to V&A. 

All prices include VAT and breakfast and are subject to availability

Standard room: En-suite single £160 per room per night

Standard room: En-suite double £170 per room per night

Phone: +44(0)207 331 6195

Email: Reservations.Gloucester@millenniumhotels.co.uk

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Available until 22nd May 2015   NOW EXTENDED TO 5TH JUNE!!

How and When to Book the Conference

Last few days to book!

CALL FOR PAPERS- NOW CLOSED

This conference theme is The Power of Gold. This is intentionally wide-ranging and offers many possibilities for papers which could focus 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 could fall within the following headings:

• The power of the use of gold in fashion and dress – issues of status, symbolism and cultural meanings, ranging for instance from fashion for beach and sunbathing to the power of golden jewellery

• Fashion’s fascination with gold – couture from its 19th century origins to the 21st century

• The power of gold in ceremonial and religious dress – the use of gold fabrics and embroidery in court dress in Europe or Asia, or ecclesiastical vestments from Opus Anglicanum to the present day

• Gold in fancy dress, theatre and film costume

• Golden fabrics – manufacturing techniques, design, status and consumption, such as 18th century silks to gold and metallic fabrics in the 1920s and 1930s

We welcome papers from academics, collectors, curators, designers, research students, and independent scholars. Those wishing to offer papers should submit an abstract of about 200 words with a short CV by 23rd October 2014 in WORD (no formatting). All submissions will receive replies by January 2015. Papers, with the exception of those by keynote speakers will be of 30 minutes duration with illustrations by PowerPoint.

The call for papers is now closed

Abstracts and CVs should be sent to symposium@costumesociety.org.uk

Submissions will be considered by a committee from the Costume Society Executive Committee.

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 Conference.

The Society offers a bursary for a student to attend the Symposium – details can be found in the Awards and Bursaries page of this website.

  • Shoes, Jack Jacobus Ltd c.1930. Britain, gilded leather. Worn and given by H.M. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. V&A: T.473:1&2-1997. © Vi

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