About & Location

Conference, “Fashion, Dress and Society in Europe during World War I” 

at the Institut Français de la Mode, Paris

December 12-13, 2014

Hosted by the Séminaire Histoire de la Mode (IHTP/CNRS – Maude Bass-Krueger and Sophie Kurkdjian)

Co-hosted by Dominique Veillon, Lou Taylor, and Adelheid Rasche


Institut Français de la Mode, 36 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris, France. Bus: 89 & 91. Metro: Quai de la Gare (Line 6), Gare d’Austerlitz (Lines 5, 10 and RER C). Ground floor for conference check-in.

Google map HERE.


Fashion played an integral role in re-shaping European society during World War I. Each nation has a different story of the degree to which the industry played a role in the war economy, and the extent to which cultural representations of fashion and dress contributed to shaping national identity. A century after the start of the Great War, it is our desire to foster a comprehensive pan-European discussion on the cultural history of fashion and the fashion industry during World War One.

Our conference intends to assemble an international community of scholars and curators who have an interest in exploring gender, dress, fashion producers, consumers, workers, and the press between 1914 and 1918. We aim to provide a systematic inquiry into the cultural history of fashion in Europe during the Great War.  

The conference languages will be French and English.


Scientific Committee

Adelheid Rasche, PhD (Chief Curator Sammlung Modebild Lipperheidesche Kostümbibliothek, Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany)
Lou Taylor, PhD (Professor of Dress History, University of Brighton, UK)
Dominique Veillon, PhD (Director of Research at IHTP-CNRS, France)

Organizing Committee

Maude Bass-Krueger, ABD (Bard Graduate Center, NYC)
Sophie Kurkdjian, PhD (IHTP/CNRS)
Thierry Maillet, PhD (IHTP/CNRS)
Eleonore Testa (IHTP/CNRS)


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