The theme of the 2014 ICOM Costume Committee Annual Meeting is Dress and Politics. Politics, widely defined, has become one of the most significant focal points in cultural studies in the last few decades. At the end of the 20th century, two related theoretical trends introduced new perspectives for a political approach to dress: (i) the focus on the body as a site of experience and a field for the study of power; and (ii) the shift of attention by material culture theorists towards the agency of objects and the dynamic nature of the material world in the shaping of subjectivities. The implications of these developments for the study of dress are enormous and still, to a great extent, unexplored.

We invite presentations on topics that include or intersect, but are not limited to, the following:

Presentations should be around 15 minutes.

Both the abstracts and the presentations will be in English. As there will be no translation, please make sure that your presentation will be easy for an international audience to follow.

Abstracts of approximately 300 words should be submitted via email by 15 April 2014 to our Meeting co-ordinator Elia Petridou ( and should contain the following information:

a) name, b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title and body of abstract.

The abstracts must be submitted in .doc or .docx format (Microsoft Word). They will be printed and circulated to the participants upon arrival.

We intend to prepare a publication with the Meeting’s proceedings.