Article produced by Gemma Dormer, Events and Marketing Officer, Institute of Historical Research
In a major collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, the IHR is taking Fashion as the theme for its annual conference in summer 2015. Fashion in history is a topic which has come of age in recent years, as scholars have turned to addressing what is chic and what is style over the ages and across different cultures. The history of fashion, and the role of fashion in history, is not just confined to the study of dress and costume, but encompasses design and innovation, taste and zeitgeist, treats as its subjects both people and objects, and crosses over into related disciplines such as the history of art and architecture, consumption, retailing and technology.
Across the world, fashion brings together museums, graduate teaching programmes, learned societies and the fashion profession around a common set of interests and concerns. The IHR conference this year, we hope will be a perfect showcase and a meeting-point for the wide spectrum of specialists in this exciting field.
Our plenary speakers include Lucy Worsley (Historic Royal Palaces & BBC), Valerie Steele (The Museum, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York), Chris Breward (Edinburgh College of Art), Beverly Lemire (University of Alberta), Ulinka Rublack (Cambridge University) & Maria Hayward (University of Southampton).
The 2 day conference will include a publishers’ book fair, over 30 panel sessions, exhibition tour in the IHR and half a day at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Registration is now open. Click here to register online.