Fashion, the 84th Anglo-American Conference of Historians, 2-3 July 2015


In a major collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, the IHR is taking Fashion as the theme for its annual conference in summer 2015. Fashion in history is a topic which has come of age in recent years, as scholars have turned to addressing what is chic and what is style over the ages and across different cultures. The history of fashion, and the role of fashion in history, is not just confined to the study of dress and costume, but encompasses design and innovation, taste and zeitgeist, treats as its subjects both people and objects, and crosses over into related disciplines such as the history of art and architecture, consumption, retailing and technology.

Across the world, fashion brings together museums, graduate teaching programmes, learned societies and the fashion profession around a common set of interests and concerns. The IHR conference this year, we hope will be a perfect showcase and a meeting-point for the wide spectrum of specialists in this exciting field.

Our plenary speakers include Chris Breward (Edinburgh College of Art), Beverly Lemire (University of Alberta), Ulinka Rublack (Cambridge University) & Maria Hayward (University of Southampton), Valerie Steele (The Museum, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York) and Lucy Worsley (Historic Royal Palaces).

The 2 day conference will include a publishers’ book fair, over 30 panel sessions, exhibition tour in the IHR and half a day at the Victoria and Albert Museum (including exhibition tours and plenary lectures).

A provisional conference programme is now available.
Fashion AACH15- Provisional Schedule

Registration is now open.  Click here to register online.

To register by post please download and complete this form.

For any queries, please contact the IHR Events Office at or on 0207 862 8086.

Exhibition Tour in the IHR


In a collaboration between the Senate House Library and the IHR Publications department, we are excited to announce a special exhibition has been planned in the IHR that will run parallel with Fashion: 84th Anglo-American Conference of Historians in July 2015.

The image to the left is just one of the many catalogue images that the team have been digitally restoring for the on-line exhibition.



 “London’s where I was brought up. It’s where my heart is and where I get my inspiration.”
– Alexander McQueen, January 2000

shutterstock_1089283491Yesterday we had a sneak preview of the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A.

The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty showcases McQueen’s visionary body of work. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, McQueen’s designs are presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.

At the exhibition is the hologram of a ghostly Kate Moss, which first appeared in McQueen’s 2006 ‘Widows of Culloden’ show in Paris which was created using the Victorian parlour trick Pepper’s Ghost.

This exhibition is a must see for all fashion fans!