Fashion and Film: Representation and Performances (NeMLA 2019)

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Call for Papers
March 21, 2019 to March 24, 2019
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, French History / Studies, Italian History / Studies, Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies

Fashion and film have long been sources of mutual inspiration, with films focusing on the fashion industry and fashion designers taking ideas from icons of the silver screen. As a phenomenon that is inherently visible, external, and communicative, fashion becomes a powerful outward signifier of an individual or collective identity. Similarly, film engages in a sustained dialogue with the world it both reflects and influences, creating an exterior, aesthetic, and visible representation of groups, cultures, or identities. This panel seeks to investigate the points of contact between fashion and film, through a variety of approaches and in a range of national contexts. Proposals might address theoretical discussions of film/fashion studies, the appearance of high fashion in film, the study of costume, the ability of fashion to reflect the advances or tensions of a society, and negotiations of gender, race, and politics through fashion, among other approaches.

Please submit a proposal and a brief bio through the CFP page at