Meet me in Florence at the Costume Colloquium

Courtesy of the Costume Colloquium III
From Iowa to Florence... it's a big leap but hey it doesn't hurt to have big dreams.... Florence Italy will be the host city for the Costume Colloquium III: Past Dress-Future Fashion which will take place November 8-11, 2012. This international, interdisciplinary and intercultural symposium is intended to promote the exchange of knowledge related to costume and dress. 
If you have a paper, unpublished research, new creations and/or practical experience, relating to the theme, consider submitting an abstract before the deadline of October 31, 2011. The topics of interest include:
I.  The remaking or recreating dress from the past: yesterday and today
II.  Patterns from the past and the fashions of today: which aspects of a certain historic past?
III. The past relived through dress:
    . in institutional collections (public and private)
    . in a social context (pageantry, parades and historical reenactment)
    . in didactic experiences (fashion and design course and schools)
IV. The vintage phenomenon and recycling of styles
V.  Conservation, restoration and the presentation of collections: new tendencies and innovative methods
VI.  Fashion documents and archives
VII. Dress collecting: goals and accessibility
VIII. Information regarding costumes and dress accessories

Of course, being in Florence the symposium will take advantage of the rich cultural history of the region and will include exclusive behind-the-scene visits, tours, and visits to some of Florence’s historic monuments and sites, including the current installation of historic dress and contemporary fashion at the Costume Gallery of the Palazzo Pitti.

Costume Colloquium III: Past Dress – Future Fashion is the third in a series of bi-annual conferences dedicated to the discussion of fashion, fabric, styles, techniques, conservation and the may topics associated with dress history and contemporary costume creation, use and design. Costume Colloquium I (2008) was a tribute to renowned dress historian Janet Arnold, while Costume Colloquium II (2010) centered on themes related to Dress for Dance. The 2012 edition will focus on the broader analysis of influences of historical styles on current and future fashion trends.  

Shall we meet there?

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