Bespoke(n) : a symposium on teaching, recording, recollecting and curating bespoke tailoring and shoemaking
A call for papers.
Submissions are invited for a one day symposium to be held at LCF on 5th November 2013
The symposium aims to explore how the histories and material culture of bespoke tailoring contextualise teaching of this subject. It will also discuss the methodologies used to record, recollect, curate and display bespoke tailoring to enhance learning and research within University of the Arts London and the wider cultural community.
The symposium will consist of presented papers of 15 – 20 minutes plus panel discussion. It is aimed at academic staff, researchers and postgraduate students teaching, learning and researching tailoring, contextual studies, fashion history and curation at LCF and the other colleges of University of the Arts London. It will be an opportunity to share current practice and explore future research while reflecting on the histories and past of bespoke.
Possible themes are:
• Teaching and learning to tailor
• Tailoring patterns: the body represented, the body archived
• The London Look and the history of Savile Row
• Gender and bespoke
• Collecting, curating and displaying tailoring
• Oral history and bespoke
Staff and postgraduate students from University of the Arts London wishing to present a paper are invited to submit a title and 300 word abstract.
- 30 June 2013 – submission deadline for title and abstract
- 12 July 2013 – presenters notified
- 01 September 2013 – registration opens
- 05 November 2013 – symposium
Please send abstracts by email to: