Costume Society of America seeks papers

Costume Society of America is seeking papers for its Western Region 2012 Symposium to be held March 17-18, 2012 in Santa Clarita, California. The topic is: “Interpreting History through Costume.” Deadline is October 15, 2011.

From the website:

The Western Region Symposium offers an opportunity for established Members and potential New Members to present Oral Research Papers or Research-in Progress, reports on unpublished research, new creations and/or practical experience.

Possible Topics Include: Designing costume for period theatrical or dance performances, films or television shows; Comparisons between recreated garments, or garments designed for performance, with actual historic garments; The importance of costume in the understanding of social, political & world history; How costumed docents enhance the understanding of museum collections & the visitor experience; Use of costume in non-costume exhibitions: an opportunity to provide context; Pursuit of the past: the impulse to collect historic dress; Using dress to create an historic character or personage for reenactment.

For more information, visit the website.