Costume Colloquium entitled Colors in Fashion

The Call for Papers for the 2014 edition of

Costume Colloquium entitled Colors in Fashion

is now open and online at

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Call for Papers:


The Advisory Committee and organizers of the next Costume Colloquium dedicated to “Colors in Fashion” are seeking new and unpublished papers for the 2014 conference. As with all the previous Costume Colloquium conferences, presentations can be made on material of a theoretical and/or practical nature. Not only informative, but also inventive and creative presentations are welcome.


Topics of interest include the following:


Codification of colors past and present:


  • Lexicon and terminology: problems and eventual solutions
  • Archival documents and corresponding examples


Symbolism of colors in dress and fashion:


  • Variations of the meaning and value of color in fashion over time
  • The significance of color in dress among different cultures
  • Color as a language of power
  • Color as a language of belonging


Interaction among colors in style and fashion presentation:


  • Color of dress and fashion in museum or commercial displays: to sell or to save?
  • Color combinations in dress: rules or lack of?


Colors and techniques of fabrics:


  • New methods of dye research and analysis
  • Alteration of colored fabrics: causes and conservation
  • Methods of color reproduction for conservation or exhibitions: natural or synthetic?


Color and fashion trends:


  • Designers, stylists and forecasters: how are fashion color palettes determined?




Submission Information and Instructions:


Send your proposal abstract to with Abstract Submission CCIV in the subject line, using the CCIV Submission Form that you can download HERE. Only abstract using the form will be accepted. Please add your last name to the title of the Submission Form.


Your proposal abstract must be received following these criteria:


– Language for the paper submission is English.


– All the personal data for the author and the co-author(s) must be filled out. If there are no co-authors please leave the space blank. If there should be more than 3 co-authors add the table lines underneath as needed.


– Your affiliation and job title or description are requested. Please consult past Costume Colloquium programs for examples.


– The abstract text can be a maximum of 400 words. Should your abstract proposal be accepted, the text you submit will be published online as it is received.


– Include a brief autobiography (200 words maximum). This should describe your current field of interest and highlight your more significant or pertinent accomplishments. This should be a description rather than a list of your activities and publications.


– You can include a list (maximum 5 entries) of publications that best represent your expertise.


– If you have images (maximum 5 of maximum 1mb size each) to support your proposal include them in the CCIV Submission Form in the indicated field.


Costume Colloquium will be unable to pay for any expenses involved in the preparation and presentation of papers. Please obtain all necessary permissions for use of images before the presentation is given.


Length of presentations: 20 minutes




Your proposal abstract and brief autobiography must be received via email by July 1st 2013.


Candidates who surpass the selection will be informed of the Advisory Committee’s decisions by October 30th 2013 after which a written confirmation of acceptance on the part of the presenter must be received by November 15th 2013.


Please note that non-selected papers will be held on a reserve list and the top ten are plausible candidates in case of a non acceptance or withdrawal of a selected paper presenter.


Successful candidates (one only if multiple authors) will not pay the base conference attendance fee however they will be asked to pay a “speaker fee” of 120 euro (VAT included). Travel, accommodation and board expenses will not be covered.

The organizing secretariat remains at your disposal at

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