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Since Baudelaire famously equated the changeability of fashion with the ephemerality of modern life, debates have raged about the intrinsic link between the processes of modernity and concurrent changes in the visual and material cultures of fashion as an inherently modern phenomenon. Fashion theorists such as Elizabeth Wilson and Christopher Breward have acknowledged and explored this relationship in nuanced and sophisticated ways. What remains to be investigated are the historical sites within the fashion world where the modern was questioned, challenged, or otherwise re-formulated. This panel invites papers on the multivalent discourses surrounding the modern nature of fashion. Particularly welcome are papers which seek to complicate or subvert the accepted link between modernity and the processes/procedures of fashion.

Please submit an abstract of 300-400 words along with a short bio to Kim Wahl ( no later than May 8, 2009.

Conference Location: Montreal, Canada
Conference Starts: November 05, 2009
Conference Ends: November 08, 2009

CFP Submission Deadline: May 08, 2009

For more information, contact: Kim Wahl