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CFP: Re-examining Fashion in Western Art, 1775-1975

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Deadline: May 6, 2013

Re-examining Fashion in Western Art, 1775-1975

College Art Association (CAA)

February 12-15, 2014

Chair: Justine De Young, Harvard University,

The recent “Impressionism, Fashion & Modernity” exhibition at the Musée
, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Art Institute of Chicago (2012-2013) foregrounded the importance of fashion to the Impressionists and to our understanding of Paris in the 1860s and 70s.

This panel seeks to expand the consideration of the significance of dress to the making of art and its reception from the eighteenth century to the late twentieth. Are there other movements or artists whose engagement with fashion requires a similar reassessment? Papers might focus on: dress in portraiture or modern-life scenes; the rejection of contemporary fashion and/or preference for exotic or historic costume in painting or sculpture; artists who designed clothing or accessories; or artists whose work influenced fashion trends. Preference will be given to those proposals that reflect on questions raised by recent scholarship (e.g. gender and identity, the politics of dress, and the economics of fashion) and take into account the discourse surrounding dress and fashion in art.

Abstract, cover letter, a recent CV, and the CAA conference application
should be emailed by May 6, 2013 to

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