Call for Papers

ADH Call For Papers & Submissions

The Association of Dress Historians (ADH) warmly welcomes submissions to our conferences, events and The Journal of Dress History. Please read on in date order of call deadline.

Beau Brummell

Call for papers: Beau Brummell and New Masculinities Spring International Conference and Workshops

4 & 5 April 2024

The Association of Dress Historians in conjunction with University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins

George Bryan “Beau” Brummell (1778 – 1840) was a famous figure in his day, for his beauty and for his influential relationship with British nobility. Brummell was discussed, sought-after and critiqued by the most significant writers, politicians, and socialites of his time.

Obsessively meticulous in his dress, Brummell is widely regarded as the first dandy and was more than just a significant fashion influencer. Brummell took the ideals that emerged from La Directoire and British Regency eras and honed them to create a look and a persona that was bold and whose appeal transcended social class, gender and political boundaries.

In an age that saw increased consumption of the new commodities produced by enslaved labour and acquired through aggressive colonial expansion, Brummell renounced conspicuous consumption in preference for restraint and understatement. It was a look that influenced the emerging Savile Row tailors who fashioned some of the emblematic commodities of this new consumer culture.

Brummell’s fashioned identity remains mythologised and, since its inception, the new masculinity of the ‘dandy’ has been utilized in the formation of gendered and raced identities that resist established behaviour, looks, influences, and ethics. This two-day interdisciplinary conference poses Beau Brummell as a point of discursive departure in considering how contemporary and historic masculinities have been conceptualised and reworked. It invites papers that explore the wider implications of these reworkings, as well as the interactions between sartorial expression and both resistant and hegemonic masculinities.

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Submission Details

The call for papers has now closed.

This conference is convened by Melanie Davies (Central Saint Martins) and co-convened by Emily Taylor (ADH). The conference committee includes Lorraine Henry-King, Jay McCauley Bowstead, and Michael McMillan.

Young Woman with a fan.

Call for Papers: Dress and Painting: Clothing and Textiles in Art Autumn International Conference

7-8 October 2024
at the National Portrait Gallery, London

The conference aims to bring together scholars, professionals, and practitioners to explore and examine the wide range of interconnections between dress, textiles and painting across any culture or region of the world, from before classical antiquity to the present day.

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Submission Details

We welcome submissions for a 15–20-minute research presentation. To submit your proposal please send an abstract of no more than 200 words alongside a biography of no more than 50 words and an optional illustrative image with caption to be included in an online programme to dressandpainting@dresshistorians.org by 00:00 BST on Sunday 28 April 2024.

The conference is guest chaired by Anna Reynolds (Royal Collection Trust) and co-convened by Kirsten Burrall (Deputy Chair of ADH).

Journal of Dress History call for submission

Marginalized Dress Histories: Exploring the “Other” in Dress, Textiles, and Accessories

Deadline: 23:59 GMT, 1 December 2023

All dress history topics of marginalized histories are welcomed for this special themed issue. Submit a brief outline of your proposal by clicking here.

'Tronie' of an Old Man. Rembrandt

Journal of Dress History call for submission

Dress and Art: Clothing and Textiles in Painting and Portraiture

Deadline: 23:59 GMT, 1 December 2024

Articles addressing the study of clothing and textiles in paintings and portraiture, of any culture or region of the world from before classical antiquity to the present day. Submit a brief outline of your proposal to journal@dresshistorians.org

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