Off To Costume Society of America

Every year I look forward to this week — Costume Society of America’s national symposium. This year the symposium is taking place in Atlanta. As a fashion historian, it’s a rejuvenating time to learn more about my subject, network and socialize with like-minded individuals, and give back to the organization.

I leave today because I serve on the Board of Directors, and we have our first of many meetings tonight. The actual symposium kick off is Wednesday afternoon, even though there are many pre-symposium events taking place. It runs until Saturday and will be jam packed with lectures, panels, lunches, a keynote speaker, and a few social events. We’ll be touring the Atlanta History Center later in the week.

It’s great timing this year, because within the last couple weeks I’ve been craving some sort of educational opportunity. I was thinking about taking a summer university course, but the start of the term caught me off guard and I wasn’t quite prepared. So I’m especially looking forward to taking in all the panels and speakers I can.

If you are going to the CSA national symposium, please let me know — either in the comments, on twitter, or shoot an email to me. I would love to meet you!


  1. Beth says:

    I’m so glad you got to go. There is definitely something to hanging out with likeminded people. Hope you have a blast down in Atlanta!

  2. Terri says:

    I would love to go to something like this. How big is the conference? And what kind of talks will you hear–give me a title or two.

    • jacqueline says:

      The symposium this year is about 200 people. Some years are bigger than others — last year in Boston was a big one.

      The lectures I’m particularly looking forward to “Queen Victoria, Her Wardrobe, and the Press,” “Postmodern Pop Culture: Deconstruction, Destruction, and Reconstruction in Fashion,” and “Sequined Possessions: Ceremonial Clothing in the Marianne Lehmann Vodou Collection.”

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