Writing Fashion - Celebrating 50 years of Costume and Conference

Friday, June 30th –Sunday, July 2nd

Our 2017 Conference takes place at the Art Workers’ Guild in Queen Square – a magnificent Georgian building in the heart of Bloomsbury, with a Friday afternoon visit to the British Library and dinner on Saturday evening at the 5* Grange Holborn Hotel. Lectures on Saturday and Sunday will take place in the inspirational Lecture Hall at the AWG where portraits of past masters line the walls.  On Friday afternoon exclusive access will be given to the British Library’s collection of fashion books, pattern books and magazines, and your visit will coincide with the temporary exhibition marking 100 years of the Russian Revolution. A further event will be announced with the British Library in the Autumn.

On Saturday night all members of the Costume Society plus a guest will be invited to join Conference weekend delegates to mark these special anniversaries for the Society at a reception and fork buffet to be held in the Orion Suite of the 5* Grange Holborn Hotel. 

Presentations will celebrate and explore the theme of fashion writing, 

Key note speakers are:

  • Lindsey Davis Historical Novelist LD, Gay attire or sombre garments?
  • Susie Lau Founder of fashion blog Style Bubble in conversation with Agnes Rocamora, ‎Reader in Social and Cultural Studies at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London
  • Aileen Ribeiro Professor Emeritus, Courtauld Institute of Art, Title to be announced

Accommodation will be available to book at a choice of three venues: UCL student accommodation, the  Imperial group of 3* Hotels and the 5* Grange Holborn Hotel. Booking information, including reference to quote along with booking contact details will be provided in the next Society Newsletter and in the booking form inserted into the next edition of Costume and will be available on the Conference page of the Society website from Autumn 2016.


How and When to Book the Conference

Booking the Conference will be available approximately six months prior to the event. A booking form will be inserted into the first edition of Costume of 2017 with online booking available from January 2017. Information about booking accommodation will be provided in the Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017 Newsletters of the Society and on its website costumesociety.org.uk/conference


Mentoring and Networking

Having access to professionals is an integral part of the Conference - from mentoring to opportunities for networking being made a priority at every point throughout the 2.5 days.  Professionals will be drawn from Society Trustees, Officers and delegates and matched throughout the booking process and welcome point at registration.


The Society offers a bursary for a student to attend the conference – details can be found on our website costumesociety.org.uk


CALL FOR PAPERS is now closed. 2017CallforPapersWritingFashion.docx