Critical Costume 2018: An International Conference and Exhibition

Ivy Arts Centre
12th, 13th, 14th September 2018


Full 3-day Registration bands:

  • Fully waged academic: £200
  • Independent artist: £90
  • Postgraduate: £90

1-day Registration options available for Thursday and Friday:

  • Fully waged academic: £90
  • Independent artist: £40
  • Postgraduate: £40

Optional dinner at Guildford Cathedral: £40

Established in 2013, Critical Costume is an international research network focused on the promotion of new costume scholarship and practice (see our website for details: At the network’s heart is a commitment to costume as an interdisciplinary field of study that includes practitioners and academics from film and television, theatre and performance, dance and anthropology, along with cultural studies and fashion. In this regard, costume is approached as an inclusive umbrella for investigating contemporary and historical bodies caught in the act of appearance.

 As our third major event, Critical Costume 2018 asks what are the principal opportunities and challenges that the provocation(s) of ‘costume ethics’ poses to designers, artists, and scholars. We approach the peculiarity of costume as a liminal method of appearance that is consciously designed and performed. Yet, this same transitional state can partition costume as unstable (when compared to normative orders of bodily representation) that highlights an innate ‘risk’ inherent within the design, construction and wearing of costume. Consequently, we invite contributions that debate the permissibility, authorship, or risk of costume and costuming.

 All delegates attending this 3-day event will need to a pay registration fee that includes 3x lunches, 8x coffee breaks, programmes, exhibition materials, and labour. Significant discounts are available for postgraduate researchers and independent artists. In that regard, we have three bands available for registration: fully waged academic; independent artist; and Postgraduate. There are 1-day options available for those who are not presenting.

Dinner will be available at the Cathedral restaurant at 19:30 on the 13th Sept at an additional cost of £40 per head (including canapés / drinks on arrival, 3 courses, and table wine).


12th September: 1pm until 7pm

13th September: 10am until 6pm

14th September: 10am until 6pm

Bookings close midnight 6th September

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