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Costume Society of America

Midwest Region Annual Symposium and Meeting
October 19–21, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio

Image: Iris van Herpen (Dutch, b.1984), United Nude (estab. 2003), Fang Shoes, Micro Collection 2012, pony fur, fiberglass, carbon fiber, Cincinnati Art Museum, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by Dianne Dunkelman and Friends of Fashion, 2012.89 a-b

The symposium will be held at The Westin Hotel, Downtown Cincinnati and will include research presentations, original design showcase, silent auction, and other events.

  • An opening reception at the Westin, with views of Cincinnati’s beautiful Fountain Square.
  • Tours at the Cincinnati Art Museum of the exhibition Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion and the museum’s costume storage.
  • Cocktail reception and tours at the University of Cincinnati of the fashion design collection, Bonnie Cashin collection, theatre costume storage, and Rapid Prototyping Center.
  • Opportunities for self-exploration of Cincinnati’s great food, drink, and cultural offerings.

For more information about the symposium, contact Cynthia Amnéus at cynthia.amneus@cincyart.org

Image: Issey Miyake (Japanese, b.1938), Minaret Dress, 1995, polyester, Cincinnati Art Museum, Gift of Miyake Design
Studio in memory of Otto Charles Thieme, 1997.6


The Midwest Region of the Costume Society of America seeks submissions of creative work focused on technology and design. Submitted work should explore the use of technology as either process or product. Entries from a wide spectrum are encouraged. Work may evidence the use of laser cutting, digital textile printing, 3D printing etc. However, work developed with the aid of technology such as body scanning, 3D fit, digital pattern development/manipulation etc. is also encouraged. We welcome entries from a wide variety of designers and makers including those from theater, contemporary designers, educators, students, and reenactors.
Requirements: Designers must be members of the Costume Society of America. No more than three entries will be considered from each participant. Work must have been completed within the last two years. Those with accepted work must attend the symposium.
Process: Participants are to submit three digital images for each entry as follows: one full front view, one full back view and one detail; however, please adjust images based on the nature of the work yet three in total for each submission are required. • Save each image as a jpg only and save with a title as follows: LastName-AbbreviatedTitle, for example Smith-BonedCorset. • Send one email for each submission to Michael Mamp at Michael.Mamp@cmich.edu, if images are large please send through Dropbox. • Attach to the email a designer’s statement not to exceed 300 words that includes the title of the work and addresses inspiration, design process, and technique.
Review: Entries will be double blind reviewed. Reviewer comments will be provided for each submission regardless of acceptance.
Exhibition: A dress form will be provided for display; however, the designer may need to pad or adjust the form as necessary to best accommodate their work. Additional details regarding the exhibition, delivery, and pick up of work will be provided to participants upon notification of acceptance.

Entries must be received by email no later than June 16, 2017, to Michael Mamp at Michael.Mamp@cmich.edu.


The Midwest Region of the Costume Society of America seeks presentations of original research on the topic of fashion and technology. Topics can include, but are not limited to, the influences of technological advances on design, textile and fashion influence on technology, environmental design, wearable technology, textile technology, use of technology in the production of fashion or textiles, use of technology in disseminating information about fashion/textiles and related topics. We encourage submissions related to all periods and geographic regions, including historical, contemporary and future technologies.
Requirements: Proposals are invited for 20-minute oral presentations. Abstracts must be no longer than two typed, double-spaced pages, including notes and references. The top of the first page should include only the title (no names). All proposals should include a cover page with working title, name, address, telephone number, email address, and professional affiliation.
We encourage submissions from a wide variety of backgrounds, including museum and academic professionals, independent researchers, costumers for theatre and reenactments, and students. Please identify student papers and current level of study on the cover page.
Abstracts must be received by email no later than June 16, 2017, to Adam MacPharlain at adam.macpharlain@cincyart.org.