Dress in Context

Research Centre

Costume in the Margins Colloquium

Due to the developing Covid-19 situation, we have decided to cancel this event. We are as disappointed as you will be, but we must put health considerations first. All fees paid will be returned. We do hope to run the event at a future date future, so please continue to visit the website.

Costume has, over the previous ten years, emerged as a rich seam for new research. As a marginal field in performance, ‘Costume in the Margins’ is aiming to contribute to discourses surrounding the discipline of costume and costuming within academia.

The collective ambition of a few determined scholars and practitioners over the previous ten years to pluck costume out of the shadows into the light has proved to be transformative within the academy. As a Ph.D. candidate with a background in costuming for theatre, I am utilising my experience as a practitioner to inform my practice-based research and inviting others to contribute to the discipline.

This colloquium is hoping to add to the increasing body of research and knowledge in this exciting but nascent field. Dress in Context Research Centre invites you to contribute to the colloquium with themes including, but not restricted to:

  • Costuming- the act and practice of cutting, and constructing costume for performance
  • Costuming as an embodied practice
  • Costuming as a craft
  • Costume Design- the processes of designing for performance
  • Archival dress informing costume practices, including design, cutting and construction.
  • Costume in academia
  • Innovative research methodologies applied to costume

Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to Louise Chapman (louise.chapman@bcu.ac.uk) by