Conference (London) – Fashioning Gender

Fashioning Gender:

Contexts and Approaches

Saturday 10th May 2008

Conference website:

This one-day conference, organised through an HRC doctoral fellowship award, will bring together scholars from a variety of fields to explore the role of fashion in the shaping of gendered identities.  It is intended that papers will use a variety of methodological and inter-disciplinary approaches to offer perspectives on the relationship between dress and gender with relation to specific periods and locations.  Participants include: Christopher Breward (V&A); Stella Bruzzi (Film and Television Studies, Warwick); Caroline Evans (Fashion History and Theory, Central St Martins College of Art and Design); Catherine Richardson (English and History, Shakespeare Institute); Elizabeth Wilson (London College of Fashion).

Provisional Programme

10.00 – 10.30       Registration; tea and coffee (Graduate Space, 4th Floor, Humanities)

10.30 – 11.00       Introduction         Chair: Giorgio Riello (Warwick)                                           (H545)                               Elizabeth Wilson (Visiting Professor London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London)

 ‘What do Feminists Want?   Fashion and Second Wave Feminism’.


11.00 – 11.20       Tea and Coffee (Graduate Space, 4th Floor, Humanities)

First Panel             Chair: Rebecca Earle (Warwick)                                                                     (H545)

11.20 – 11.50       Catherine Richardson (University of Kent)

‘On the early modern period with reference to gender and literary studies’

11.50 – 12.20       Barbara Burman (University of Southampton)

‘Dress, gender and the object’


12.20 – 13.40       Lunch (Café Humanities, Ground Floor, Humanities)

Second Panel     Chair: tbc                                                                                                             (H545)

13.40 – 14.10       Peter McNeil (University of Stockholm and University of Technology Sydney)

Mapping gender and the queer trace: problems of periodisation’

14.10 – 14.40       Christopher Breward ( Victoria and Albert Museum) ‘Modes of manliness: issues in the histories of masculinities and fashion’


14.40 – 15.10       Tea and Coffee (Graduate Space, 4th Floor, Humanities)

Third Panel           Chair: tbc                                                                                                             (H545)

 15.10 – 15.40       Stella Bruzzi (University of Warwick)

‘Fashion and representation – Cinema in 20th century’

15.40 – 16.10       Caroline Evans (Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (University of the Arts London))‘Women, gender and fashion in the early Twentieth Century’


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