Fashion Tales
Intellect's Fashion project and conference dispatches

The last week has seen Intellect attend two prestigious fashion conferences, firstly the Costume Society of America annual conference and now the Fashion Tales International Conference 2012 in Milan.

This was the Costume Society of America's 38th Annual Meeting and National Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia. It was great to meet with both established and emerging scholars in the fields of fashion, dress and curation and to share Intellect's exciting new Fashion portfolio. Many thanks to the organisers Jose Blanco and Patricia Hunt-hurst for an inspiring and enjoyable symposium – we look forward to working with many CSA members on future Intellect publications.

Intellect Founder and Chairman Masoud Yazdani is currently enjoying some Milanese hospitality and no doubt an espresso or two at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore where the 2012 Fashion Tales conference is taking place. Report to follow.

The Fashion Tales mission includes the statement:

'The field of Fashion Studies has become wider and structured at least during the past fifteen years. However, we still need to consolidate an interdisciplinary and international reflection on themes, methodologies and goals of all different forms of narration that constitute today the corpus of fashion discourses and imagery (academic, cultural, medial and industrial) that is the way through which the materiality of fashion is represented.'

Intellect's exploration of fashion and culture reflects this rationale and over the past few years we have increasingly focused on publishing exceptional scholarship relating to fashion, textiles and clothing cultures. This project really gained momentum with the launch of our journal Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty (issue 1 is available for free online and includes Efrat Tseëlon's seminal extended editorial, 'Outlining a Fashion Studies Project'). As a result of the excellent work of all those involved, now in its second volume the journal has become a very successful addition to our portfolio, and as such, we have produced a special celebratory 'coffee table' book containing all the articles from Volume 1 plus some additional content (see our website).

Next came several scholarly books including Susan Hayward's excellent study of French Costume Drama in the 1950s: Fashioning Politics in Film and Susan Ingram and Katrina Sark's locational history of Berlin Fashion, Berliner Chic. Combining our multidiciplinary approach to subjects and our heritage in Film Studies, Intellect's next foray into fashion came in the form of another journal, Film, Fashion & Consumption, which has rapidly become one of our key film publications, edited by Pamela Church Gibson and including facinating articles from 'The new 'porno-chic'? Fashion, consumption and film pornography' to 'Ruffled feathers: Costume, gender and authorship in the Black Swan controversy'.

As a result of a high number of excellent proposals and the support of organisations such as the PCA, ITAA, CSA, POPCAANZ, EUPOP and others, 2012/13 will see the publication of many exciting new Fashion publications. For example: Shanghai Street Style (explores and reveals the relationship between culture, city and street fashion); Fashion in Popular Culture: Literature, Media and Contemporary Studies; Why Would Anyone Wear That?: Facinating Fashion Facts and Decadence and Decay: Fashion in the 1970s. Intellect is also delighted to announce three new fashion journals: Fashion Style & Popular Culture; Critical Studies in Mens Fashion; Clothing Cultures. If you are interested in subscribing, or contributing to these journals, information can be found by clicking on each journal and visiting their respective pages on our website.

If you would like to find out more about Intellect, our fashion portfolio and publications, please contact James Campbell.

Thank you to all of our editors, authors and contributors, we are glad to be working with so many of the brightest and boldest lights in Cultural Studies and fashion scholarship.

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