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Fashion, Costume and Visual Cultures (FCVC2018), is the inaugural international, interdisciplinary conference of the FCVC Network co-convened by Dr Sarah Gilligan (Hartlepool College, UK), together with Petra Krpan and Dr Nina Katarina Simončič (University of Zagreb, Croatia).

Hosted by the Faculty of Textile Technology at the University of Zagreb, the conference will bring established, early career and emerging academics and practitioners together in order to explore key issues, theoretical debates, new methodologies and case studies exploring fashion and costume design and their distinct, yet simultaneously symbiotic relationship within contemporary and historical visual cultures.

Panel strands will include:

  • Film, fashion and consumption

  • Fashion, style and popular culture

  • Fashion and star-celebrity culture

  • Fashion cities and street style

  • Fashion branding, promotion and advertising

  • Established and emerging fashion designers

  • Costume designers and makers

  • Costume and performance

  • Skin as costume

  • Costume and identities

  • Digital fashion films

  • Fashion & photography: advertising editorial and fine art.

  • Fashion on and beyond the catwalk

  • Fashion and costume in the museum

  • The blockbuster exhibition

  • Fashion and art

  • Fashion in painting, illustration and graphic design

  • Fan cultures & pilgrimages

  • Cosplay

  • Subcultures

  • Queer fashion

  • Fashion and performance art

Throughout the conference there will be visits to arts and cultural venues, together with opportunities for networking and publishing. The FCVC Network are pleased to be working in association with independent publisher Intellect ( Presenters at Fashion and Costume and Visual Cultures will be encouraged to develop their papers for publication in a number of Intellect journals, including:

Journal editors will be working closely with strand convenors, and delegates will have the opportunity to discuss their publishing proposals with James Campbell, International Marketing Manager at Intellect and journal editors.


Dr Sarah Gilligan

Sarah teaches Art, Design and Contextual Studies on the HE and FE level programmes in the School of Art, Design and Computing at Hartlepool College (UK). Sarah was recently awarded a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award for the Fashion, Costume and Visual Cultures Network project, which will bring established, early career and emerging scholars and practitioners together at UK and international events and through a digital network. Her academic research interests and publications centre on the construction, transformation and performance of gendered identities in contemporary visual culture. She is particularly interested in costume, fashion and the body on and beyond the screen in film, TV drama, advertising and photography. She has published articles in Fashion Theory, JAPCC, and Film, Fashion and Consumption Journals, together with chapters in a number of edited collections. She is currently completing her forthcoming monograph: Costume on Film: Gendering Identities in Popular Culture (Bloomsbury, 2019). Sarah is also the Reviews Editor for Film, Fashion and Consumption journal and a member of the Steering Group for Critical Costume.

Petra Krpan

Petra Krpan is an assistant at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology, Department for Fashion Design, where she teaches Fashion and New Media, Performance and Fashion, Fashion Theory I and II. She completed her education at the Faculty of Textile Technology, University of Zagreb, BA Fashion Design and MA Fashion Theory, and at the University of London, London College of Fashion with an emphasis on Fashion Journalism and Fashion Media Business. She is about to complete her PhD programme at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb in fashion theory and her academic research interests center upon fashion and visual culture, the influence of media in fashion as well as fashion performance.

Dr Katarina Nina Simončič

Katarina Nina Simončič is an Assistant Professor of Fashion History at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology, Croatia. Her teaching areas are fashion and design history. In the Department of Art History at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb she attained a PhD with thesis: Fashion culture in Zagreb at the turn of 19th to the 20th. Her research strengths are in the relationships between genres including portrait painting, printmaking, photography and the fashion artifacts of the 16th to 20th centuries. She is the author of several publications related to the cultural history of fashion and the connection between fashion and tradition. She was an active participant in scientific and professional conferences dedicated to History of fashion and design in Florence, Bucharest, Oxford, Dubrovnik, Ljubljana, Bihac, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Sydney.