Call For Papers: Fashion, Style & Popular Culture
Special Issue: Displaying and Negotiating Identity: Costume and Ethnic Dress

Wearing a costume has never been relegated solely to children playing ‘dress up’. Children and adults alike utilize items of dress to display their own sense of identity. This display of identity contributes to the development of both one’s private and public self. 

Furthermore, the concept of ‘fandom’ provides an arena for the study of subcultural groups, similar to brand communities or style tribes. In recent times, an increased interest in historic folkways and genealogy, as well as a resurgence in the popularity of comic books, has allowed a new generation of fans of all ages to participate in costume dressing. Additionally, popular television series like Game of Thrones  make a supposed fantasy world into a seeming reality, while shows like CBS’s Big Bang Theory  elevate the idea of cosplay to new heights. 

This special issue of Fashion, Style & Popular Culture  is aimed at all aspects of costume dressing and understanding the motivations and implications of such displays, as well as the intersections and negotiations of identity among and between subcultural groups. 

Manuscripts and abstracts should be submitted by 1 February 2017 to Holly Lentz-Schiller at or Takisha Toler at

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Call for Papers: Critical Studies in Men's Fashion

Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion is currently accepting submissions for a special focus issue on Fashion and Style Icons. The deadline to submit is 15 December 2016.

This focus issue will examine individuals and groups of people who influence(d) how men dress, departed from sartorial conventions, expanded the concept of ‘men’s style’, or whose own aesthetic presentations were/are unique to warrant analysis. Manuscripts can focus on specific individuals or general groups of people, real or fictional.

Contributions are welcome from all disciplines including: fashion studies, anthropology, art, art history, design, business, consumer studies, cultural studies, economics, gender studies, humanities, literature, marketing, psychology, queer studies, religion, sociology, and textiles. Diverse methods including critical analysis, reportage, quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis and arts methods are accepted.

Please send manuscripts and questions to: Dr. Andy Reilly, Editor,

Please feel free to circulate this call broadly to colleagues who may be interested.

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