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Call out for participants in the Producing Fashion Symposium

The symposium Producing Fashion is held in response to the exhibition Walter Van Beirendonck Dream the World Awake from MoMu Fashion Museum, Province of Antwerp, an event staged to critique the role of the independent practitioner or small enterprise in creative industry within an increasingly homogenised and branded global design environment. 

The Belgian designer Walter Van Beirendonck has built an impressive international career. The international design leader shows his menswear collections in Paris each season as well as being the inspirational Head of Fashion at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Art. He has collaborated with some of the world’s most respective creatives, including performance artist Orlan, legendary fashion photographer Nick Knight and Australian designer Marc Newson.

Producing Fashion will set up an engagement with the design community to consider the nature and influence of small creative enterprise; to study how these activities influence and define ideas about fashion, national identity and place-branding; and to communicate distinctive and sustainable approaches to the design and production of clothes.

Invited guests include Professor Frances Corner, Head of the London College of Fashion and Professor of Art and Design Education. Her paper will discuss London’s centre for creative enterprise, support for emerging design talent and the Fashion Colloquia series, interrogating the role of the fashion week.

The afternoon session will consist of four concurrent pop-up workshops. These breakout groups will be driven by particular questions or concerns/provocations related to:
1. Independent, small enterprise - examples of practice 
2. Trans-disciplinary practice - expansion of fashion 
3. The designer archive and exhibition making
4. Connections and collaborations with government and industry bodies

Followed by a panel discussion bringing the four workshops together.


Expressions of Interest are invited for contributions to the PRODUCING FASHION symposium, in the form of either:

SESSION A - papers for the morning session concerning the role of the small creative fashion enterprise in the global fashion system


SESSION B - performances or presentations addressing one of the afternoon workshops:

1. Creative Practice (B1)
2. Trans-disciplinary fashion practice (B2)
3. Archives and exhibitions (B3)
4. Government-industry relationships (B4)

Please send an abstract of 250 words under the subject heading PRODUCING FASHION SYMPOSIUM ABSTRACT, indicating which Session you are interested in, to and by Friday 28 June 2013.

The following details are required: 
Author/Creator name; Affiliation; Email address; Title of abstract; Name of session

The format of your abstract should be: PDF, Word or RTF; Times Roman font 12; minimum formatting.

Abstracts will be double blind refereed as will final papers/presentations. We will notify authors by July 5 2013. We look forward to your contributions.

For information contact:
Associate Professor Robyn Healy
Deputy Head Research
School of Fashion and Textiles